Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog expresses how happy I am that the Chicago Cubs are finally playing a World Series game again at legendary Wrigley Field.
The team’s hiatus from the Fall Classic had endured for far too long.
Now, the best place to watch a baseball game will be appropriately showcased during the Cubs’ triumphant return to the World Series.
For sports fans not aware of the Cubbies’ lengthy World Series drought, I’ve penned today’s 2 Cent Tuesday post about the franchise and especially its iconic home.
The Friendly Confines
Known as The Friendly Confines, Wrigley Field serves as a must-see destination for American baseball pilgrimages.
That’s why watching a game here tops every baseball fan’s bucket list.
With its retro red and white sign that greets visitors before entering the stadium to its always boisterous bleachers and impeccably maintained ivy on its outfield walls, Chicagoans and visitors alike love The Friendly Confines.
Located at the intersection of Addison and Clark Streets in Chicago’s north side Lakeview area, Wrigley Field, and its infectious atmosphere, has softened Chicago Cubs fans’ frustrations over the historically losing ways of the franchise that calls it home.
Housed in a safe residential neighborhood bustling with businesses, bars and restaurants in the distant shadows of Chicago’s towering skyline, Wrigley Field is mentioned in the same breath as Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium as iconic sports venues.
Wrigley Field Originally Known as Weegham Park
Opened in 1914, Wrigley Field was originally named Weeghman Park after its owner. Its capacity at the time was 14,000.
Though best known as a beloved baseball ballpark, Wrigley was home for 49 years for the NFL Chicago Bears from 1921 to 1970. The Friendly Confines also hosted the popular NHL Winter Classic in 2009 between its hometown Blackhawks and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings.
The city of Chicago as well as the entire sports world adores Wrigley Field. Celebrating more than 100 years as one of our American pastime’s most beloved baseball landmarks, Wrigley also played host to Major League Baseball All-Star Games in 1947, 1962 and 1991.
Sitting in the famed bleachers, noshing on a grilled brat and admiring the ivy planted on a Major League Baseball field comprise the ultimate triple crown for baseball loving fans.
Even though the Cubbies haven’t won a World Series title since 1905, Wrigley remains a beloved destination for Chicagoans.
Overflowing with baseball history, Wrigley lore is legendary.
Wrigley Field Lore
On October 1, 1932 Babe Ruth purportedly pointed to the outfield stands and called a home run shot.
On Oct. 1, 1969 the Cubs fell to the New York Mets 6-5. It was their 18th loss in a month and knocked them out of contention for a division title. History chronicles it as one of the most significant collapses in professional sports.
On August 8, 1988 lights finally got turned on for a night game at The Friendly Confines.
On Oct. 14, 2003 with the Cubs leading 3-0 and five outs from their first World Series in 58 years, spectator Steve Bartman interfered with a probable catch by Chicago Cubs OF Moises Alou.
The team subsequently fell apart for the rest of the game and allowed the Florida Marlins to score eight unanswered runs and eliminate the Cubs from winning the National League pennant.
However, for whoever has visited Wrigley Field, allow me to offer, “Thanks for the memories.”
May your loyal fans continue to enjoy their beloved ball park.
And, may they not have to “wait ‘til next year” as the clever Chicago Cubs’ fan jingle goes to bask in the special day of celebrating a World Series title!
And, that’s my 2 cents!
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