The High Drama Of The Wrigley Rat At Chicago's Wrigley Field, a rat's attempt to surmount a wall got fans cheering on Sept. 25, even as the home team lost.
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The High Drama Of The Wrigley Rat

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The High Drama Of The Wrigley Rat

The High Drama Of The Wrigley Rat

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At Chicago's Wrigley Field, a rat's attempt to surmount a wall got fans cheering on Sept. 25, even as the home team lost.

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Cheers rolled through Wrigley Field Tuesday night. The Cubs lost that night to the Pittsburgh Pirates, though they've clinched a playoff spot. Another drama unfolded above right center field. Photographer Will Byington was rolling as a large rat kept trying to leap from the shallow fencing, just above the fabled outfield, onto a wall into a small patch of grass next to the bleachers. Cubs fans, who, to be blunt, have cheered on quite a few rats over the years, clapped and shouted as the rat jumped once but missed, then twice but fell short, kind of like the Cubs always used to. Then finally, jumped a third time and...

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

SIMON: All right. The video of his leap was soon winging around the Internet. A number of people have commented that Wrigley Rat had to jump several times because he looks especially well-fed Well, Rick Bayless has a green chiles taco stand in the right field seats. Wrigley Rat may just need a little exercise.

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