After completely missing it during our first summer in Chicago, this year we made sure to make it a priority. I'm not quite sure how we got so lucky, but we saw three games at Wrigley in one week!
As lifelong baseball fans, we were pretty giddy to get inside such a historic park - and maybe boo the Cubs.
Wrigley is one of just two major league ball parks that still has a manual scoreboard. It's pretty epic. But as awesome as it looks, I've got to be honest with you. I had a little bit of trouble, at first, getting used to it. In no time though I started to really like it. It was nice not being bombarded with commercials, replays and more commercials. I found myself much more into the game!
I'm sure you're aware that there's a lot of drama regarding new video scoreboards and all the renovations bound to be made by next year. I have to admit, I really liked the low tech feel of Wrigley. Well, until it was time to leave. Then I got a little creeped out trying to exit those teeny corridors with 40,000 fans. It was a kinda close for comfort. But we survived and it certainly won't keep me from going back again.
The first of our three games was against the Angels. Albert Pujols and his boys stomped the Cubs. All the home runs gave me a chance to witness a Wrigley tradition. The fans throw opponent home run balls back onto the field. It's pretty funny. I've said it before, Chicago baseball fans are unmerciful. It's great to watch.
Our second and third games were part of a Cubs/Cardinals series. They were horrifying. The Cardinals were trounced. It was embarrassing. That's all I have to say about that.
Despite the losses, our visits to Wrigley were pretty fantastic. It definitely lives up to the hype and I'm glad I got to experience it before it gets renovated.
How Wrigley Measures Up:Hot Dog: We obviously got Chicago dogs - except they didn't have the pickle spears! WHAT?!?
Nachos: We opted for plain chips and cheese and put most of our effort into The Northside Twist and mini cubs helmets full of soft serve ice cream.
Most Obvious Sponsor Presence: Toyota and Budweiser
Unique to Wrigley: What is most unique to Wrigley is soon going to change. Its lack of a jumbo screen is refreshing and charming. Spectators are given the opportunity to actually watch the game on the field! It was really, really nice not to feel inundated with ads.
So what do you think about the anticipated renovations to Wrigley?
Welcome addition or blasphemy?