I have recently reached the unwanted milestone that is hitting forty years old . Of course, I did want to reach it , just not yet .
Luckily for me my brother had planned ahead ( as usual ) and got us tickets to see the Red Sox vs Cubs at Wrigley Field as a way to celebrate while I visited him and his family in Chicago.
Both of us, as Red Sox fans can appreciate a classic stadium and Fenway and Wrigley don’t get much more authentic . Baseball parks that are still located directly in the metropolitan area of cities are becoming more rare as they move to city outskirts and build new parks with greater parking capacities.
To take the L to Wrigley is the beginning of the experience . Subway cars filled with Cubs fans with a few Red Sox fans mixed in empty out at the Addison L stop and make the short walk to Wrigley. Although this game is of limited importance , it is an inter-league game and it’s been a few years since the Red Sox have played here.
The smell of bratwursts covered with onions and mustard permeates the air and you know you are at a classic game.
We had great seats and I happily settled down to view of the storied ivy covered brick that surrounds the outfield. A quick look beyond and above that and I was stunned to see the brownstone buildings that lay across the street outside the stadiums outfield have seating built atop their roofs! Yes , the owners of these buildings had taken advantage of their buildings view point and erected blocks of stadium style seating directly on the roofs. How this is successfully attained from a cities zoning regulation view, I can only chock up to classic Chicago politics. Nevertheless it is quite an amazing and unique feature to see.
A view innings into the game and I was hungry. I had to go with a hot dog, Chicago style. Mustard, chopped onions , diced tomato and a slice of pickle ( ketchup on a hot dog in Chicago is taboo ) a mouth watering and heart burning experience . I did however skip a mug of Old Style , a classic Chicago “beer” and just had a Coke instead.
It was great weather and the game went on . Nine innings of America’s pastime enjoyed in one of its oldest and unique fields . Wrigley is an icon and I would suggest a visit to anyone whom may be traveling to the Chicago area regardless if you care about whose playing or who wins . I did, and the Red Sox lost, but this did not put a damper on my Wrigley Field experience.