METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 9, 1988 GAME:
October 25, 2001
This was the first complete, official "night game" at Wrigley Field.
I came up the afternoon before from Indianapolis to see a friend in Chicago and the Mets, who were coming to town the next night. I tried to get tickets for the Cubs first night game that day, Aug. 8. That game, obviously, was sold out. I got two "standing room only" tickets for the Aug. 9 game with the Mets, and box seats for the Aug. 10 afternoon game.
As luck would have it, it absolutely poured the night of Aug. 8, raining out the Cubs game.
The next night, my friend and I, sitting on the ramp rails between the upper and lower decks along the third base side, watched this game become the first official "night game" at Wrigley.
November 3, 2006
August 1988 was a crazy time in the world! Millions of Catholics screaming bloody mad over "The Last Temptation of Christ" and the country of Canada crying tons of tears when Wayne Gretzky got traded to the LA Kings. But when the Cubs finally got lights after so many years, that took the cake. Actually, the Phillies vs Cubs were supposed to be the 1st but due to the rainout, the Mets got the honor. At the time, my cable company in Northern New Jersey had the FOX Philadelphia station and they got to broadcast the game before the rains came and so forth. NBC had the priviledge of showing Mets-Cubs on this night. Btw, Wrigley Field was supposed to get lights for the 1942 season but then Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and Mr. Wrigley donated the lights to the war effort and they waited 45+ years until MLB (and Network TV) put the Cubs in a headlock and they reluctantly got lights for night baseball.