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One of the things I like about my blog is watching my site log to see how people find The Cubdom. Often times, people are looking for information that is readily available on one of my pages, but occasionally Google or another search engine will direct a reader to my site, but the answer isn't there. In this regularly recurring feature, I will answer 'The Google'.
Q: What day did Ryne Sandberg hit a grand slam against the twins?
A: I don't believe Ryne Sandberg ever hit a grannie against the Twins. Interleague play started in 1997, the last year of Ryno's career. The Cubs played the Twins on September 1, 2, and 3 of 1997. Sandberg started all three games, played well, but did not hit any home-runs (or grand slams) during that series. He did smack a two-run double in the final game of the series. He also drove in one run during each of the first two games.
Q: Did the Cubs fire Steve Stone?
A: Technically no. Stoney "resigned" at the end of the 2004 season (see Steve Stone's resignation letter). However, Stone resigned because the Cubs brass chose to back players (including Kent Mercker and Moises Alou) who were unhappy with Stone's honest assessment of their play rather than their long-time honest broadcaster. It was a severe disappointment to most Cubs fans. Stone still remains a folk-hero as far as I'm concerned, and I've immortalized his summary of the 2004 season as the "site quote" of The Cubdom. "At the end of the day, boys, you don't tell me how rough the water is, you bring in the ship."
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