Chicago Cubs: After Microcosmic Loss to Pirates, Whose Head Will Roll?

September 4, 2011 by  

Derrek Lee did not hit the ball off the best part of the bat at Wrigley Field Saturday, with his team down two runs and the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth inning. He watched the flight of the ball, but without his usual bop out of the batter's box. Despite the seven years in which he plied his trade at Wrigley, he was not sure the ball was gone until it nestled itself into the basket atop the wall in deep left field.

Perhaps what made the ball so hard to read for Lee was the stark backdrop into which it sailed. The bleachers at Wrigley on Saturday were as empty as ever in recent memory. They may never have ...

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