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The booth was cramped, sweltering and crawling with spiders; one fell on the back of Kuiper’s neck in midcall. The first night, the skies opened up with the Giants losing 2-0 in the fifth. The Cubs, forever lame, had sent home about half the grounds crew to save money. The remaining crew left part of the infield exposed while rolling out the tarp, then tried to dry it out with leaf blowers. After a four-hour, 34-minute delay, the field was ruled unplayable and the victory awarded to the Cubs. The decision was reversed the next afternoon — the first time a protest had been upheld in 28 years. But with the game scheduled to resume the next day, it poured again.
Gallery: A Giant Friendship
A series of photographs of Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper. Deanne Fitzmaurice for ESPN
Krukow was clearly hurting. On level ground, using his walking stick, he often looks like a prosperous man out for an evening stroll. In fact, he has to “calculate every step. It’s like a gas tank: You get depleted. Then you’re vulnerable.” The second delay lasted about two hours. After hauling himself in and out of the booth for three days, Krukow stood at the top step, peering down anxiously like a man on the edge of a cliff. He never complained, but everyone understood: “I walked out of there pissed at Wrigley,” Flemming said.
Kuiper brought Krukow a present to cheer him up: a Zippo lighter embedded with the Chicago Bears insignia.
“I haven’t had a Zippo lighter in my hand in 20 years,” said Krukow, flipping it open as a hard rain fell over the field.
“I don’t buy my wife gifts, I buy you gifts,” Kuiper said. “If I tell my wife, she’s gonna go, ‘Really? Really? You got Kruk a gift?'”
“She thinks we spoon on the road, man,” said Krukow, laughing. “She thinks that’s true.”