Cubs Host Phillies in Today's Home Opener

Game starts at 1:20 p.m.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The Chicago Cubs are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Wrigley Field. NBC 5’s Lee Ann Trotter reports.

    The Chicago Cubs head into Friday's home opener with just one win in three games, but thousands of die-hard fans are expected to flock to The Friendly Confines with high hopes that this year -- the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field -- is the year for a championship.

    The Cubs this week went 1-2 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Friday's first pitch is expected at 1:20 p.m. against Pennsylvania's other team: the Philadelphia Phillies.

    A game between those two teams on August 25, 1922 was Major League Baseball's highest-scoring game ever. The Cubs beat the Phillies 26-23.

    There's no doubt Cubs fans would like a repeat.

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    Weather conditions expected for game time are expected to be cloudy, windy and cold, with temperatures in the mid-40s. There's also the potential for a spotty shower. At 5 a.m., crews still had the field covered with a massive blue tarp.

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    New food items are on the menu this year to celebrate the field's 100th year. One new concept -- the "Decade Dogs" -- are a twist on a gameday favorite.

    Four of them will be available to fans throughout the season. The "Reuben Dog" is a throwback to 1910. The "Classic Chicago Dog" celebrates the 1920. Hot Wings debuted in the 1960s, so one hot dog includes pulled buffalo chicken. A 1970s dog includes pulled pork shoulder, BBQ sauce, cole slaw and fried onions.

    Additional hot dogs will be featured throughout the year as other decades are highlighted.

    The former Sheffield Grill has been renamed the "Decade Diner" and will feature an assortment of creations throughout the season. The current homestand will offer a loaded, grilled mac-and-cheese sandwich with tomato soup.

    "The Big Slugger" -- a souvenir helmet with the 100th year logo -- comes filled with nachos.

    "We are thrilled to celebrate 100 years with the great flavors of the gameday experience," said Wrigley Field Executive Chef David Burns. "We can't wait for Cubs fans to dig into the delicious and historic treats we have in store."

    The Cubs hold the record for Major League Baseball's longest World Series drought. They won back-to-back championship games in 1907 and 1908. Their last appearance in the World Series was in 1945.