Bill’s Trip to Wrigley
This past Friday (June 12th), I attended the Cubs-Reds game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. It was my first time at the historic ballpark since the summer of 2013 when I saw Pearl Jam there. I was able to see some of Wrigley's fancy new features, including the outfield bleachers and the 3,990-square foot videoboard. I also saw something that the Cubs have been really good at over the past 107 years... losing. The Cubs fell to the Reds in 10 innings, 5-4.
If felt more like April 12th than June 12th. It was a gloomy, damp day at the ballpark. I was not prepared for the cold, so a Cubs sweatshirt set me back $89 (probably costs 1/3 that price outside the ballpark). It's damn pricey to go to a game these days. We had good seats overlooking home plate, but we were in the upper deck (Section 417)... ticket price: $78.
I'll always be a Cubs fan and hold special memories of Wrigley Field. My Dad took me there dozens of times during my childhood. He first took me in 1985, 3 years before Wrigley even had lights. A lot has changed. You have to keep with the times. The ivy is still on the walls. The marquee still looks the same out on Clark & Addison. But it felt different when you were a kid. Back then, you watched baseball. Now, you can't avoid seeing the business. I know it's always been a business, but oh to by young and naive again.