Watching a game here tops every baseball fan’s bucket list.
Its cherished reputation softens fans’ frustrations over the historically losing ways of the franchise that calls it home.
The city of Chicago as well as the entire sports world toasts Wrigley Field today to celebrate the baseball landmark’s 100 year anniversary.
Sitting in the famed bleachers, noshing on a grilled brat and admiring the ivy planted on a Major League Baseball field comprise the ultimate trifecta 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.
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 30 days, as their 91/2-game lead over the Mets on Aug.19 turned into an eight-game deficit. History views it as one of the most significant collapses in pro sports.
On August 8, 1988 lights finally got turned on for a night game.
On Oct. 14, 2003 with the Cubs leading 3-0 and five outs from their first World Series in 58 years, Moises Alou fails to catch a ball hit just into the stands down the left-field line. Among the spectators attempting to snag the souvenir is loyal Cubs fan Steve Bartman. The team seemingly comes apart for the rest of the game, allowing the Florida Marlins to score eight unanswered runs. No pennant for the Cubs that year. The Cubs have reached the postseason twice since, getting swept in the NL Division Series in 2007 and ’08.
Happy Birthday, Wrigley Field! Thanks for the memories.
May your loyal fans enjoy their beloved park today on its 100th anniversary. And, may they not have to “wait ‘til next year” as the clever Chicago Cubs’ fan jingle goes to bask in this special day!
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!