The return of the cubs to Saint-Louis, begins to return to “ normal ” originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
ST. LOUIS – Kyle Hendricks Wasn’t The Only Friday Party Cubs-Game of cardinals that looked at least a step back towards a sense of normal for the teams.
Even in the midst of an ongoing pandemic and “disappointing” vaccination rates among the Cubs and other teams, the Cubs’ first game in St. Louis since 2019 also featured their biggest audience of the year – 24,282 – and a palpable buzz that most ball parks lack for more than a year.
âI felt some emotion when I got out, and it was a pretty crowded stadium in St. Louis,â Cubs manager David Ross said after the Cubs turned a six-innings draw into a late 12-3 rout.
âIt certainly looked more like the norm of a baseball season with a pretty big crowd, a weekend streak; they are in the first place; we are in second position, âhe added. âIt’s still early days, but I got a little bit of emotion where it looked like a normal big series of rivalries in Saint-Louis.
It didn’t hurt the emotions of the Cubs’ side to win the first game of the year to improve to 12-6 in May and nearly two games behind the first place cards.
âIt’s the loudest we’ve heard in a stadium in a while,â said Hendricks, the resurgent of the sixth inning showdown against Yadi Molina with one out and kick off in goal position. âIt was really cool to feed off that energy.â
Hendricks asked Molina to throw a pop-up to launch the Cubs side of a two-party crowd.
“It’s more and more normal to have fans in general,” said Hendricks. âIt is certainly the most normal felt so far. It was great to see everyone getting loud.
âYou could feel the energy pulsing through the ballpark, and that’s what we love to play in.â
The first-year Cubs left outfielder Joc Pederson, who led the game with a circuit, seemed impressed with the turnout from Cubs fans at a stadium that was meeting its half-capacity limit.
âIt really felt like it was sold out,â he said. âIt was a good atmosphere. Very cool.”
When the Cubs return home next week, the capacity allowed at Wrigley Field will increase by 25% at 60 percent.