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The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field
If you're in Chicago during baseball season, you just have to go to a game. Wrigley Field is such a phenomenon in itself that you can buy Wrigley Field T-shirts, that don't even mention the Cubs. Wrigley was built in 1914 by Charlie Weeghman and is the second oldest major league park. The score board was built in 1937, which remains intact and is still hand-operated.
There are no bad seats at Wrigley, but if you want to really get into the spirit of the game, you've got to sit in the bleachers. Get there early to pick your seat, and then it's Olde Style and Polish Dogs for the rest of the day.
Beware, the bleachers can get pretty rowdy-heckling opposing teams' fans, drunks chasing homeruns, and if you're lucky a bachelorette party of 10 wearing feather boas and spilling their beer on you
Fun Fact: No batted ball has ever hit the scoreboard, although two homers have come close
Equipment: An Olde Style and a Polish Dog
We went to three games at Wrigley this weekend. The Yankees first trip back here since the 1938 World Series. All the games were fun and very good games even though the Cubs finally got around to beating us. They took the last two games.
The actual stadium though is my least favorite of any I've seen. In my opinion it is a dump. And whats with Old Style?
Famous Wrigley Field
Chicago is the home of Wrigley Field, named after the famous chewing gum company. This baseball park is home to the Chicago Cubs, one of two baseball teams in Chicago, the other being the White Sox who play on the south side of the city.
Attending a game is great fun, especially in the summertime!
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Jerseys and Curse Breakers
When you go to a Cubs game you have to come home with some kind of souvenir-whether you want to or not-seriously there are so many vendors everyhere you turn that you'll feel compelled to buy something.
My favorite items were the "curse breaker" miniature stuffed goats. If you're not familiar with the Curse of the Goat, here's the story: Billy Sianis always brought his billy goat to games, but during a 1945 series with Detroit, he and his goat were kicked out due to the offensive odors emanating from the furry little creature. Sianis was so offended that he said "'No, Billy Sianis, no billy goat in the Friendly Confines, then there will never be a world series played at Wrigley Field again.'
And there hasn't been one since then.
Anyway, there is still a lot of debate whether the curse has been lifted. Cubs fans did bring a goat to a Houston Astros series and-guess what-the Cubs won, but I don't know, I guess only time and this season will tell.
It's been quite a few years since I've been to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field so when Dee (deecat) said she had an extra ticket for a Tuesday afternoon game I said "Sure thing!" We had excellent seats, practically on the field, and although the weatherman had been predicting rain, it turned out to be a relatively warm sunny afternoon.
Equipment: If you do get tickets for an early season game (April or May), be sure to dress warm as it can be chilly or even snow!
Cameras are allowed, coolers are not.
The world's largest beer garden
The Cubs are one of the most popular baseball teams in the world despite not winning a championship since 1908. Wrigley Field has become a tourist destination because of its party atmosphere and the fact that it is the second oldest baseball park in Major League Baseball. If you are male and want to have a good time with your buddies, sit in the outfield bleachers. These rowdies are as close to soccer hooligans as there are in the United States. The opposing team is constantly heckled, no matter what the score.
If the game is sold out, you can find tickets at Stubhub.com. Or, you can go to the ticket brokers in Wrigleyville the day of the game. There are several ticket broker offices near the Addison train station, across the street from Wrigley Field. They will often sell tickets for face value or close to it if it is just before game time. They would rather break even than lose money.
A Day At The Old Ballpark
Back in 2006, the Cubs were a pretty bad team. The picture here on the right pretty much sums up what a lot of Cub fans were thinking. However my son was able to get 4 tickets on Memorial Day in the 3rd row so it didn't matter if they were 0 - 100 we were still at the game. It turned out to be a very hot day and being "follically challenged" (i.e. no turf on the top) proved to be more of a challenge. Anyway the 4 of us, my oldest son, his girlfriend and my youngest son headed off to watch Kerry Wood's last start at a Cub (he is now a relief pitcher with the Cleveland Indians). The Cubs and Kerry won that day. We must have brought them good luck.
Equipment: If its warm be sure to wear a hat and bring plenty of sun tan lotion
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Where to sit in the bleachers
Like I said before, there really isn't one bad seat at Wrigley. If you sit in the bleachers, just get there early so you have some options and then decide on left, right or center field.
If you're a Sammy Sosa fan, then you need to sit in right field...if you're lucky you might get a ball from him, since he always throws the warm-up ball into the stands. My favorite things about sitting there, were heckling the Mets right fielder and asking Sammy what the count was-he'd answer by sticking out one or two fingers, without turning around.
Go Watch the Cubbies!!!!!
Wrigley Field, which was built in 1914, was originally known as Weeghman Park. It was built on the grounds once occupied by a seminary. The Wrigley Field bleachers and scoreboard were constructed in 1937 when the outfield area was renovated to provide improved and expanded seating ... the original scoreboard remains intact. Lights were added in 1988.
Wrigley Field has been the site of such historic moments as:
Babe Ruth's "called shot," when Ruth allegedly pointed to a bleacher location during Game 3 of the 1932 World Series ... Ruth then hit Charlie Root's next pitch for a homer.
Gabby Hartnett's famous "Homer in the Gloamin' " September 28, 1938, vs. Pittsburgh's Mace Brown.
The great May 2, 1917, pitching duel between Jim "Hippo" Vaughn and the Reds' Fred Toney ... both Vaughn and Toney threw no-hitters for 9.0 innings before Cincinnati's Jim Thorpe (of Olympic fame) drove in the only run in the 10th inning ... Toney finished with a no-hitter.
Ernie Banks' 500th career home run May 12, 1970, vs. Atlanta's Pat Jarvis.
Pete Rose's 4,191st career hit, which tied him with Ty Cobb for the most hits in baseball history ... Rose singled off Reggie Patterson September 8, 1985.
Equipment: Be sure to wear your sunscreen, especially if you are out in the bleachers. If you are going in April or May, you may want to bring a warm jacket and/or a blanket.
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That's something that's not said very often, though they did win the night I was at Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs baseball team has been around since the 19th century. Though the team is rarely good, they games are an event unto themselves. Baseball, food, and fun, friendly people - you can't beat it. And Wrigley is considered something of a "beer garden" too. Only two brands are available, though: Bud and Old Style.
Wrigley Field opened in 1914, the Major Leagues' second oldest park, and the fans do come out. In fact, game days are really something of a party - there's a lot of nightlife around the park before and after games, even though it's in a residential area. You'll have a great time inside too - especially if the game is good.
One highlight of Wrigley Field is the seventh inning stretch, where a different celebrity sings "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" every night. Country star Lee Ann Womack sung it the night I was there. It's a tradition from late Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray, who sang it at every game before his death a few years ago.
Get a hot dog and a beer, and join 40,000 or so of your best friends at Wrigley Field. The Cubs play 81 home games a year, from April-September. Tickets can be a little hard to get, but you'll generally have no problem finding them. Have a ball at Wrigley Field.
Equipment: Bring your appetite for cheap food, cheap beer, and a little Ferris Bueller too..."saweeeng battah"!!!!!!
Nice oldfashioned Baseball
Watching the Cubs at Wrigley field is a really special event. The stadium is smaller and not as modern as others I've seen, but it has a very special flair and atmosphere.
It was built in 1914 and is the second-oldest ballpark in the majors behind Boston's Fenway Park (1912).
Originally known as Weeghman Park, Wrigley Field was built on the grounds once occupied by a seminary.
The Wrigley Field bleachers and scoreboard were constructed in 1937 when the outfield area was renovated to provide improved and expanded seating ... the original scoreboard remains intact.
The original vines were purchased and planted by Bill Veeck in September 1937 ... Veeck strung bittersweet from the top of the wall to the bottom, then planted the ivy at the base of the wall.
Equipment: Be sure to get seats under the roof, so you're not depending of the weather. But take warm clothes with you... A game can last about 3 hours and it it can get cold at night!
It is allowed to take bagpacks into the ballpark, as well as cameras and video equipment, but no bottles or glass containers. And you aren't allowed to bring your own food!
Where to Buy Cubs Tickets
I see lots of forum postings about where is the best place to purchase Cubs tickets for upcoming games. Wrigley Field is one of the few stadiums where having a winning season does not really impact the ability to get tickets. Chicagoans love Wrigley and will visit the ballpark despite the Cubbies record. Face value tickets range from $14 to $40 depending where they are. With that said, here are some suggestions for finding single game tickets:
1) Ask someone with season tickets (or better yet a company) for seats to a game.
2) Try to buy them online at http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com Click on Schedule. If it is a home game and has a "T" in the box, then tickets are available.
3) Look for them on Craigs List (chicago.craigslist.org). Here non-scalpers (usually folks with season tix who cannot make a particular game) try to sell and buy tickets. Most people will not gouge you but you usually have to pick them up locally and pay cash. Be careful as there are always a few ticket brokers who post on the board.
4). Try a ticket swap site such as Stubhub.com, tickettrader.com or http://www.wrigleyville.biz/confines/
Equipment: 5). Pay exhorbant ticket prices to a broker
6). Try to get tickets the day of the game at the ticket office. The office opens at 9:00 am and they may have available tickets that were set aside for players, etc. This can be risky though.
7) There is always eBay and scalping outside the stadium the day of the game as a last resort.
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Wrigley Field -- you have to go to a Cubs game while in the city, if they're playing. The park is justifiably famous for its loveliness, and the fans are exuberant but not obnoxious. (at least, not as obnoxious as those from some other teams' cities)
Equipment: On really hot days, wear a brimmed hat. If it's chilly, even if it's summer, bring a lightweight jacket and maybe even some gloves.
Wrigley Field is home to Chicago's much loved but luckless Chicago Cubs. The Cubs have an unfortunate history of letting their city down when it comes down to the wire, but this doesn't stop the Chicago faithful from thinking this could be the year.
Watching a Cubs game at Wrigley Field is another can't miss experience, if you're in town during the season when the Cubs are playing at home. Just be sure not to mention anything about the curse of the billy goat. People from Chicago really hate that.
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The Friendly Confines
If you're coming to Cchicago in the summer, you need to spend a day at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. I think tat Fenway is the only other baseball park that has the same feel to it. There are no distracting PA system blaring mussic. There are no huge neon signs. No mascots. It's baseball outdoors. It's relaxing to sit outside, drink a beer, and watch a game with 35,000 other people doing the same. There's no better way to skip out of work either.
Equipment: Bring a cap or sunglasses. Might want to check the weather before you head out. I also suggest taking the Red Line train there, it runs right up to the park.
If you's looking for a ticket, I suggest trying a scalper, they're usually cheaper than online ticket services.
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