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Wrigley Field Evacuated Following Bomb Threat After Giants vs. Cubs

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2015

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The Chicago Cubs completed a critical four-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Sunday afternoon, but baseball took a backseat in the game's aftermath. 

According to Giants beat reporter Andrew Baggarly, there was a bomb threat at Wrigley Field following the contest. He provided more context with a quote from a police officer and described the scene:

Andrew Baggarly @extrabaggs

Police officer says they get dozens of bomb threats a week but "this one is more credible." Bomb-sniffing dogs are on scene.

Carrie Muskat of MLB.com and John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle shared pictures of the police presence around the iconic stadium, while Paul Skrbina of the Chicago Tribune passed along the reason the press was asked to leave the building:     

Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

Police on guard at Wrigley. #Cubs http://t.co/MSjS8aCRtV

John Shea @JohnSheaHey

Right outside Wrigley Field. I've been told by guard and cop confirmed it's a bomb threat. http://t.co/BvRsiEg8Su

Paul Skrbina @PaulSkrbina

Press told to leave Wrigley Field immediately because of a "safety issue." Officers scattered inside and outside. http://t.co/UUFoXkOEt0

Fortunately, the game was already over when the situation unfolded, and David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune noted that “a few officers outside said they thought players were being evacuated too, along with everybody else. Place was empty walking out.” 

While the players and media were evacuated for some time, Baggarly noted that security eventually gave the "all clear at Wrigley" and pointed out "stadium workers, cleaners, media and grounds crew were allowed back inside." 

The Cubs would later release a statement on the matter, via Baggarly: 

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Andrew Baggarly @extrabaggs

The Cubs just released this statement: http://t.co/CotKf1Pt3B

As for the actual baseball at Wrigley Field, Chicago built a 3.5-game lead over the Giants in the race for the second National League wild-card spot with Sunday’s victory. Shea pointed out that at least one policeman had a good sense of humor following the victory despite the serious nature of the situation:

John Shea @JohnSheaHey

Chicago policeman said they get many bomb threats, said this was credible. Jokes it might be a Giants fan after the sweep. Again, he joked.

The Cubs have a scheduled day off Monday, and security will likely remain vigilant given Sunday’s developments.

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