Starting pitcher Chris Volstad of the Chicago Cubs stands on the mound with third baseman Luis Valbuena and first baseman Anthony Rizzo against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Rockies 5-0 in a rain-shortened eight inning game. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
It wasn't easy, it wasn't quick, and it was a long time coming.
A long time coming. Sunday in Chicago, though, Chris Volstad finally won a baseball game.
From Paul Sullivan (via The Chicago Tribune):
Cubs starter Chris Volstad was on the verge of ending a 24-start winless streak Sunday night at Wrigley Field when a steady rain turned into a downpour, delaying the ending of the longest nightmare of his life.
"It's almost fitting the day took pretty long, right?" he said.
After 412 days between wins and a 2-hour, 23-minute rain delay Sunday afternoon, another half-hour wait wasn't going to kill him.
And it didn't. That first delay came before the first pitch; that second, half-hour delay came after the eighth inning. Finally, the umpires decided the rains weren't going to stop anytime soon, and so the ninth inning was canceled. So Volstad got a little help from the elements, but a) the Cubs were ahead 5-0 anyway, and b) if anyone was due for some good luck, it was Chris Volstad.