Take Me Out to the Construction Site
Classic Cubness. Major League Baseball’s 2015 Opening Day will take place at historic Wrigley Field in Chicago on Sunday, April 5th. The rivalry between the Cubs and Cardinals will take center stage. Only one problem… Wrigley Field didn’t get the memo. The 101-year old ballpark is under renovation. Instead of a pristine cathedral playing host to America’s pastime, it’s going to be an incomplete viewing experience.
Cubs fans are used to waiting ‘til next year. I’ve been a fan since 1984 and I’m still waiting for a trip to the World Series… that hasn’t happened since 1945. A World Series win? Wrigley Field hasn’t seen one in its 101 year history, so why am I whining? The Cubs last won when Theodore Roosevelt was President. 1908. 19-frickin’-oh-eight! So even though winning has been scarce for a century, Cubs fans always had the beauty of the ballpark to fall back on. But like a lot of Hollywood starlets, Wrigley needs occasional work done too.
My Dad took me to my first game at Wrigley on June 14, 1985. The Cardinals beat the Cubs that day, 11-10. I’ve been back dozens of times since. It’s always been a great place to watch a game, unless you’re unlucky enough to be sitting behind one of its famous columns. The fact is, these changes are necessary and will be well worth the wait. It just seems so Cub-like that, as the season starts, it’s a work-in-progress.