It seems the heavy earlier rain, which pretty much came and went downtown, so soaked the Friendly Confines that they had to wait until five o'clock to get the game started—for a first pitch scheduled at 1:20.
Thank the stinginess of modern-day baseball for the protracted delay. Where a generation ago they would have likely called a rain out and played a doubleheader, baseball can't afford to lose the date any more. So with the Arizona Diamondbacks making their only trip to Chicago, they waited as long as it took.
I could have gotten off the train and walked in—except the game was already probably over by then.
The Cubs' Alfonso Soriano opened a big can of whoop ass on the Snakes, hitting a solo homer in the fourth to put the Cubs ahead and putting the game away an inning later with a three-run shot. All told, he had two homers, two doubles, drove in five runs, and scored three himself, including the Cubs' first run to tie the score after Arizona tallied its one and only run of the game in the first. The final was 8-1.
After an extended four-day All-Star break, the Cubs were worth the even longer wait. Guess it's good they stuck around to play it after all.