September 14, 2008
The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros will play two of their postponed games at 7:05 p.m. Sunday and 1:05 p.m. Monday at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Major League Baseball announced late Saturday night. The third postponed game will be played only if it affects the postseason situation, and not until the day after the end of the regular season.
In the end, both teams expressed satisfaction with the compromise.
"It's unfortunate what happened," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "Our preference would be that [ Hurricane Ike] never happened to the state of Texas and we could have played the games on schedule. But once the storm came, there didn't seem to be any alternative. The Astros and the commissioner's office worked hand in hand to come up with the best short-term solution they could with all the weather problems we're having all over the country. Lets make the best of it and hope the families of all the people connected with the Astros and Houston are safe."
Carlos Zambrano is expected to start Sunday for the Cubs, though nothing was official as of late Saturday.
The Cubs came to Wrigley Field with their bags packed Saturday afternoon, ready to travel to play Houston at an unknown destination. But they left a few hours later with no decision on when or where they would play the rescheduled games.
Though Minute Maid Park suffered minimal damage from the hurricane that pummeled Houston late Friday and Saturday, power outages, flooding and the closing of both local airports made it nearly impossible to travel in and out of the city.