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Fake-or-Fact Friday: Cubs Lose! Cubs Lose!

April 17, 2015

Things did not go well for the Chicago Cubs on the opening weekend of baseball season. Two of these stories are true, and luckily for Cubs fans, one isn’t. Can you guess the ringer? The answer is at the end of the post.


Wrigley Field is one of the oldest stadium in professional baseball, opening in 1914, and it’s hard to keep things in working order. The grounds and crew were simply not ready for Opening Day 2015, one of the busiest games of the season. Only two bathrooms were operational on the main concourse, leading to half-hour-long lines. Hundreds of fans took matters into their own hands, quite literally: numerous fans were spotted peeing into their empty drink cups…and left them on the ground under their seats, in the hallways, in the corners…


There were so many people at Wrigley Field that concession stands ran out of candy, popcorn, and other ballpark treats, all except for French fries. There were also plenty of the baseball-game staple of hot dogs, until around the middle of the game, when the stadium had completely exhausted its supply of hot dog buns.


To top it all off, the game started at about 3:20 p.m., an hour later than its scheduled 2 p.m. start. Why? The sound system and PA system were not functional, meaning that the players couldn’t be announced and the National Anthem couldn’t be sung. Stadium crew later admitted that they hadn’t checked the equipment after a massive rainstorm a few days before the game.

Want more fakes? Check out Uncle John’s Fake Facts. (Really!)


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April 17, 2015 11:26 am

Not to nitpick, but A is technically incorrect. Wrigley Field opened in 1914, not 1908.

April 17, 2015 11:27 am

Oh, and Fenway Park is older. So A is double-wrong.

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