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Jun 20

Craig’s Stadium Recap: Wrigley Field

I have always loved the Cubs. That comes from my family having 8 channels when I was a kid. One of them was WGN, which broadcasted almost every Cubs game during the summer. The reason I chose my Cubbies over the home state Brewers was simple: availability. The Cubs were always on TV and an impressionable eight-year old is of course going to like the only team that’s on TV.

 

With that said, I’ve never held a grudge against the Brew Crew. As with the other professional teams in Wisconsin, I don’t dislike the team, just their fans. I was one of their few supporters back when things were really bad, back in the early 2000’s. Ask half of the fans in Miller Park to name a player on the Brewers before Braun and Fielder came around and I’m fairly confident they could not give you an answer.

 

When it comes down to choosing between the two teams when they face each other, the decision is simple: GO CUBS GO!!! My first trip to Wrigley Field was one of these days.

 

THURSDAY: June 16, 2011     GAME 1 of 14

Milwaukee Brewers @ Chicago Cubs

 

Riding the public bus into the game allowed me to see a little bit of Chicago’s north side. The neighborhood around the stadium reminded me of the Cosby Show, with those tall and skinny houses stacked side by side along busy streets. After talking with a couple about the Cubs on the bus, BOOM! Out of nowhere, there it was: Wrigley Field

 

Wrigley was even more classic and majestic than I pictured it. My first thought when I walked inside: How did I manage to miss coming here for 23 years?! The stadium is only one of two remaining classic ballparks from baseball’s Golden Age. Fenway Park is the other. The simplicity of the stadium takes one back to the first half of the 20th century, when people went to the game to…you know…actually watch baseball?? There are no special bells and whistles to the stadium. The scoreboard is still done by hand and there is no walk up music for the players before at bats. The only music playing is on organ.

The best part of this game was that on my first trip to Wrigley, I got to witness and participate in all of the most famous Cubbie traditions. First, a day game at Wrigley is a must. The sun was shining and the wind was blowing out onto Waveland and Sheffield. The ivy was shining in the sun and stretched across the entire outfield, perhaps Wrigley’s most famous trademark. Also, the often replicated but neve duplicated singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” The song that the late great Harry Carey make so famous.

At the end of the day, my Cubbies survived seven Milwaukee runs and won the game 12-7. Fukudome and Castro couldn’t be stopped and took down the more talented(at least for this year!) Brew Crew. Watching all of the pouting Milwaukee fans pile out of the stadium in the 8th inning wasn’t too bad, either! The Cubbies raised the so simple yet classic “W” flag over the stadium and then I got to participate in my favorite Chicago Cubs Tradition: singing with all the Cubbie fans: Go Cubs, Go!

 

“Go Cubs, go! Go Cubs, go!! Hey Chicago, whaddya say!? The Cubs are gonna WIN TODAY!!!”

Mr. Morois’ Grade: A-

Craig’s Stadium Rankings…13 to go!

1. Wrigley Field A-

2. Miller Park B+

 

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