Thursday, August 12, 2010

Midwest Trip Photos = Wrigley Field (Day 3, Part 1)

On Friday, July 23, Patrick and I would attempt a bold undertaking: seeing two baseball games, in two states, in one twelve hour period. Part One of our epic quest: Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, who were hosting their arch-rival, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Emerging from the Addison "L" station, we descend upon Wrigley Field, smack dab in the middle of a northside Chicago neighborhood (Wrigleyville)
Second-oldest park in the majors, after Fenway

Statue of the late Harry Caray (who, ironically, spent more of his career calling arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals games than those of the Chicago Cubs)

Which has a creepy base to it

Wrigley's iconic sign

Statue of Ernie Banks, "Mr. Cub" himself

Wrigley's concourse

Patrick is in baseball heaven

However, we'd both be in baseball purgatory if we had to have this "obstructed view" seat

Batting practice

In a ballpark this awesome, we were glad we showed up early

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Note the rooftop bleachers (which would fill up come game-time)



The ivy wall beneath the bleachers is, of course, legendary



Yes, they do advertise Wrigley's Gum (while bashing the crosstown White Sox)

Everyone standing for the National Anthem

Including manager Lou Piniella, who will retire from the MLB after this season

Dueling pitchers

Wells is about to strike out Albert Pujols

Tyler Colvin hits a solo home run off of Suppan (note the ball mid-flight)

Pat's digging it

The view from our shaded seats (quite luxurious given the heat and humidity)

Hey, a Randy Winn sighting!

Wonderful surprise = Ernie Banks himself, leading "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

I was definitely enjoying myself

Final score

Cubbies win

But we couldn't rest... we had work to do. First, one L stop south to pick up the northbound express train to Evanston, where we'd rendezvous with our vehicle in order to drive 90 minutes to Milwaukee, WI.
To be continued....

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