The 4 Best MLB Moments from Friday

Bill Murray and Wrigley Field are inseparable.

Wrigley Field is Feeling 100%


In Chicago, it’s starting to feel a lot like summer and everything is heating up. The weather sat in the 80s as the Cubs continued their scorching hot stretch—19 wins in their past 27 games—to earn the NL’s third-best record. Not only that, but Wrigley Field opened to 100% capacity for the first time since September of 2019.

What better way to welcome back the most packed Wrigley Field crowd of 2021 than with the self-proclaimed No. 1 Cubs fan: Bill Murray!

Are there any games where Murray doesn’t sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame?” It feels like it happens nearly every single day.


deGrom Keeps deGrominating


Wrigley Field wasn’t the only stadium to see its highest attendance of the season. Citi Field reached almost 80% capacity yesterday as Mets fans bore witness to Jacob deGrom just doing his usual filthy stuff. Listen to the roar of this crowd as deGrom drove in the two decisive runs of what would be a 3 – 2 final score.

Seriously, it feels great to have crowds like this again in baseball. I’ll miss the wide open seating space and short concession lines, but it’s a worthwhile tradeoff to have energy like this again in the stands.


Turtles Love Rain


Did you know that turtles are as old as dinosaurs? These animals existed around 200 million years ago!

Want another turtle fact? They love water. Need proof? Here you go.

What’s the context here? Well, Josh Donaldson is bringing the rain to the Twin Cities, and it’s turning into a flood. Over his last 10 games, he’s hitting a torrid .333/.422/.795 with 5 HR in 45 PAs. Yesterday, he had his second multi-HR game of the year. So, to combat this ongoing downpour, the Twins gave away a special “bringer of the rain” umbrella hat to thousands of fans. And Willians Astudillo, being the global fashion icon that he is, just had to get his hands on one.


The Sockman Does It Again


Mike Tauchman only makes high leverage plays. Overall, he’s left a lot to be desired (.179/.303/.286 in 132 PAs). But in the month-and-a-half since he joined San Francisco, Tauchman has a go-ahead grand slam and a game-saving home run rob of Albert Pujols. And on Friday, Tauchman made another absolutely critical play in what ended up being a one run game.

The reactions from Juan Soto and Anthony DeSclafani says all that needs to be said.



Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)

Alex Kleinman

Journalist who loves the Yankees and the Bears. One gives me strength, the other leads me to existential dread. When I'm not obsessing over baseball, you can find me at a concert, hiking in a National Park or chasing my dog, Frankie, who has probably stolen one of my socks.

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