The ball was flying as the Chicago Cubs honored Fergie JenkinsVincent Pariseon May 20, 2022 at 10:22 pm

The greatest Chicago Cubs pitcher of all time is Fergie Jenkins. He was so good that you would have to consider him to be Chicago royalty for the rest of time. On Friday, he was honored with a statue revealed outside of Wrigley Field before their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jenkins had a career that spanned from 1965-1983. Some of the best years (10 of them) were spent with the Chicago Cubs. He also spent time with the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Red Sox. Throughout his career, he was dominant.

He was the Cy Young Award winner with the Chicago Cubs in 1971. He was also a multi-time All-Star and eventually was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He is one of only a handful of players all-time to record over 3000 strikeouts and fewer than 1000 walks. It was great to see him honored in this way.

There was a game to be played as well. The Cubs were looking to tie their series with the Diamondbacks in this one but they would come up short as they were defeated by a final score of 10-6. It was as strange of a game as you could imagine for one big reason.

The Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks tied a Wrigley Field HR record.

This game tied the Wrigley Field record for most home runs hit in a game there. There were 11 total between the Diamondbacks and the Cubs. Unfortunately, seven of them were off the bat of Arizona players and four were off the bat of Chicago players. That wasn’t good enough.

Career home run No. 100 in career game No. 1,000 for @JRvillar6! pic.twitter.com/Z9py6RBn1j

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 20, 2022

Christopher Morel and Ildemaro Vargas go back-to-back! pic.twitter.com/7h0PVlocb8

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 20, 2022

THIRD HOMER OF THE DAY FOR @JoshRojass!!! pic.twitter.com/0iJQN86zH3

— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) May 20, 2022

Kyle Hendricks was the most concerning part of this game for the Cubs. He gave up four of the seven home runs hit by Arizona. It just wasn’t his best game ever and performances like this are becoming more usual for him than he would like to see.

It was certainly a good hitting day in terms of weather so this isn’t all that surprising but you’d like to see Cubs pitchers keep the long ball down a little bit more. Maybe Jenkins could have gone out there and suited up for an inning or two.

This game did have a few exciting moments for the Cubs though. They had a chance to tie it at nine with a Grand Slam the game in the 7th inning but Alfonso Rivas struck out with the bases loaded. The threat was then over as there were two outs.

Willson Contreras also decided to get ejected for arguing balls and strikes with the umpire. Once he was tossed, he got his money’s worth as he drew himself a new strike zone around home plate and Gronk spiked his bat into the dirt. It was honestly incredibly entertaining to watch.

The Cubs now are losers of three straight to bring their record to 15-23. There are going to be stretches like this as they are going through a lot of changes. However, there are some exciting things to hang your hat on like the red hot play of Christopher Morel.

Morel had another awesome game as he hit his second career home run. He also added in another hit to bring his average up to .364. He had two RBIs as well to keep his insane start going for the Cubs. As long as he continues to hit like this, he will continue to get starts.

There are also a lot of great prospects to be excited about in the Minor Leagues. For now, it is fair to just enjoy the Fergie Jenkins celebration and see how some of these younger Cubs continue to develop.

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