The Chicago Cubs, who have struggled mightily at the plate since the All-star break, sunk to a new low today. Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who has been dreaming for nearly 50 years to pitch just one more major league game, finally got his chance. The 89-year-old hurler (shown in action to the right) took the mound Saturday against the Chicago Cubs and wowed them for 9 full innings. Feller who featured a 31 mph fastball and a 12 to 11 and a half breaking curveball allowed only 1 hit while striking out 16 Cubs. The lone hit came in the 6th inning by Cubs pitcher Rich Harden who hit a comebacker to the mound. Feller took too much time getting to the grounder, which rolled to within 2 feet in front of him. When he reached the ball Harden was already safely on first base. "Thats a long way for a guy my age to walk", Feller told reporters afterwards.
Cubs pitcher Rich Harden also shined in the game allowing only one hit, a solo home run, while striking out 14 in 7 innings. Despite his 0.84 ERA, Harden remains winless since the Cubs acquired him from Oakland.
Despite the Cubs continued struggles, 2nd baseman Mark Derosa stayed optimistic: "We are really hoping that tomorrow we can score a run", DeRosa said. "This Feller guy is great, he has over 250 career wins, We have been trying really hard to knock the pumpkins out of the train and we think tomorrow is the day we do it!"The Cubs whose 1st place lead has now all but disappeared better hope he is right, or they will find themselves at home in October.
As for Feller, the 89-year-old Hall of Famer says that despite his success against the Cubs, this will be his last game. "I'm not sure I could do this against any other team", he said. "I really figured my Fastball would get hit pretty hard today, but it was just fast enough". Feller finishes his career with 267 victories against only 162 defeats.