It’s been 30 years since Ferris Bueller took his day off and took in a Cubs game
"Hey, batter, batter, batter, batter . . . saweeeeng, batter!"
"Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" was released on June 11, 1986, but Friday, June 5, marks the 30th anniversary of the Cubs game at Wrigley Field where Ferris Bueller and his buddy Cameron, rocking his Red Wings jersey, uttered the line above.
We know this because in 2011, Baseball Prospectus did some impressive research to track down the storied date (June 5, 1985) of that Braves-Cubs game Ferris, Cameron and Sloane attended (though the game was actually filmed at the Cubs-Expos game in September of that year).
Taking his ninth sick day of the semester paid off for Ferris, who caught a foul ball while sitting down the right-field line.
Of course, after the Cubs game (which Chicago lost 4-2), Ferris got on a float to croon a touching rendition of "Danke Schoen" before transitioning into a rousing performance of "Twist and Shout," and the rest is history.
As one Twitter user pointed out, it’s hard to imagine this premise taking place in this day and age of social media.
Imagine Ferris Bueller trying so hard not to Instagram his whole day off.
— Kara Garza (@agreeablemolt) June 5, 2015