CHICAGO -- Neither players nor fans usually welcome rain delays, but Saturday night at Wrigley Field might have been one of those rare occasions when they did.
During a nearly three-hour delay in the middle of the Chicago Cubs' 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning was shown on the new video scoreboards at the 101-year-old ballpark.
Many fans from what remained of the crowd of 40,693 simply moved under cover and watched the hockey game, which concluded about 20 minutes before the baseball game resumed. The fans cheered loudly -- as during a Cubs’ rally -- when the Hawks scored and after they secured the victory and a 3-2 series lead. They'll have a chance to claim their third Cup in six years Monday night at the United Center.
“It’s kind of cool when you’re at a baseball game and a hockey game in one,” Cubs rookie Kris Bryant said. “You don’t run into that too often.”
It certainly made the time pass during the delay.
“We had it all on the TVs [in the clubhouse],” Bryant said. “We were just hanging out, relaxing a little bit, having some fun and keeping it loose.”