Zack Greinke was six outs shy of recording the third no-hitter in Diamondbacks history Thursday against the Pirates.
The $206.5 million man for Arizona entered the seventh inning with 11 strikeouts and one walk on 90 pitches but allowed a solo homer to Gregory Polanco, who nearly went deep on the second pitch of the at-bat before crushing an 85 mph slider an estimated 382 feet to right field on Greinke’s 95th pitch of the night.
David Wiley, who runs the firm that put the dirt under the microscope, told the Chicago Tribune the bear head and the “C” “jumped out” at him. He had a little more trouble seeing Caray’s face, until DePorter explained.
“I’m looking at it and I’m thinking, ‘What does he mean by this?’,” Wiley told the Tribune. “It took me a minute to see what he was seeing in the image.”
DePorter would certainly recognize Caray’s image — he’s an owner in the Harry Caray restaurant chain.
“Definitely there’s a spiritual element to anything tied to the Cubs,” DePorter told the Tribune. “In my mind sports is a religion in Chicago. The pieces of memorabilia that I’ve been acquiring are like the holy relics of that religion. I’m definitely a believer.”
Another person who eyed the mysterious dirt, Michael Lantieri, also knows a thing or two about the Cubs. He’s the Oscar-winning special effects expert who back in 2004 destroyed the infamous “Bartman Ball” in a public event.
He says when he studied the dirt, he “had a little difficulty with the Harry. I had to stretch a little bit. The ‘C’ and the bear was clear as a bell. I was shocked.”
Divine images or not, the dirt and cleats are sure to spark Discount Yankee Jerseys conversation when they go on display at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Chicago’s Navy Pier before moving to the Chicago Sports Museum.