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Cubs backup catcher throws inning, gets win, scores winning run

John Baker's number should be retired after his night at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs played the longest game in franchise history on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, winning after 6 hours, 27 minutes in the 16th inning, when backup catcher John Baker pitched a scoreless top of the inning before leading o ff the bottom half with a walk and scoring on a sacrifice fly.

There are so very few chances for backup catchers to become legends. In 50 years, though, some grizzly fellow in the left-field bleachers will yell John Baker's name, and the crowd around him will toast frothy mugs of moon ale in his honor.
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