Sat 30 Jun 2012
I am a big baseball fan. Having been born and raised in New England, I am a die-hard Red Sox fan and used to say I was cursed to be so. However, with the 2004 and 2007 World Series wins, the Sox are no longer the sad sacks of the MLB. However, my love of Chicago has made me a Chicago Cubs fan as well – so I guess I am still cursed.
Every time I visit Chicago when the Cubs are in season, I try to catch a game at Wrigley Field. The first thing I look for is an opportunity to see a weekday game in the afternoon. In the past several years, the weekday afternoon game has become one of the most elusive tickets in the Major Leagues. However, the Cubs, having played at Wrigley for many years without lights, have always played the majority of their games in the early afternoon as opposed to the evening as most modern television contracts require. But each year there are a fewer and fewer day games even at Wrigley.
So every trip I make to Chicago I try to catch the Cubs on a weekday. On this trip, I was pleased to find that the Cubs were playing the Astros at 1:20PM on June 29 (yesterday) and I planned to attend.
I was running late yesterday, but thanks to high heat (it was 103 in downtown Chicago on Thursday) and nasty morning thunderstorms, the game’s start was delayed. By the time I made my way up to Wrigley Field from downtown, the game was just getting underway. The sun was back out (as was the heat) and the stands were full of the Cubby faithful and I had a great afternoon enjoying the game and the park.
If you are planning a trip to Chicago, there are few things more Chicago than attending a Cubs game at Wrigley – and if you can manage a weekday afternoon game – I definitely recommend it.
I was thrilled with the game I attended. In addition to great seats, great company, a pretzel and plenty of peanuts, the Cubs went on to beat the Astros 4 – 0. It may be too little, too late in the Cubs’ 2012 quest, but you can’t beat an afternoon well spent at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The view of Wrigley’s classic scoreboard from my seat at yesterday’s Cubs’ game: