The announced attendance at Wrigley Field this afternoon is 26,292, which according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune is the first time the Cubs have been under 27,000 since 2002.
Worse yet, even that modest total is misleadingly good in terms of actual fans in the seats, as Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that “there’s a fraction of that at Wrigley” to see the Cubs versus Diamondbacks.
Oh, and “one fan has already been booted for running on the field.” No word yet on if they’ll count him as a full person or a half-person in the final tally.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that starter David Price has been shut down for the remainder of the season during Wednesday’s appearance on WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria.
Price, 34, missed nearly a month between August 5-31 with a wrist injury (TFCC cyst). He returned on September 1, but lasted only two innings against the Angels and hasn’t pitched since.
Price ends a disappointing 2019 season with a 4.28 ERA and a 128/32 K/BB ratio in 107 1/3 innings across 22 starts. He’ll enter the fifth year of his seven-year, $217 million contract in 2020. $96 million remains on the deal.