MARINERS 6, CUBS 4
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- One last time at HoHoKam Stadium, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh inning was changed to include the lyric, "If the Cubs don't win it's a shame."
Thursday's game marked the end of a 17-year stay by the Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam as their spring training home. The club moves into a new facility about four miles away next year.
"It'll be interesting to see how the new one compares to some of the other nice parks in Arizona," said 74-year-old Wes Odean, an Elmhurst, Ill., resident down for spring training. "This place has been good, but now we will have something that should be really special."
The fans turned out to say goodbye, with 11,635 in attendance as the Cubs lost 6-4 to the Seattle Mariners.
The Cubs had a 132-119-13 all-time record at HoHoKam, which become the home of the Oakland Athletics starting in 2015. The overall attendance at HoHoKam since 1997 was 2,610,736.
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