Cubs Calendar: May 29, 1998

The Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 in front of 38,010 Wrigley Field faithful. Kerry Wood gave up only two runs in seven innings while striking out 13 batters, but he did not record the victory. Up 3-2 in the ninth inning, Cubs’ closer Rod Beck surrendered a game-tying home run to Curtis Pride. Finally, in the bottom of the eleventh inning, Brant Brown hit a game-winning two-run home run off of Braves’ closer John Rocker.

One and a half years later, Rocker gave his infamous interview to Sports illustrated in which he stated, “I’d retire first. It’s the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark looking like you’re riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing… The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners.” Rocker added, “You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?” In light of these statements, Rocker’s May 29, 1998, extra-innings loss was all the sweeter.

Photo: John-Rocker-7 / Andrew Gardecki / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / Alteration: None


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