Freezing Day At Wrigley Field

ChicagoCubs_OpeningDay2003.gif.JPG It’s been a long exhausting day. I went to work but left around noon to head to Wrigley Field where I was to meet my sister promptly at 1:15pm. I got there at 12:30pm. She showed up at 2pm. So I missed the first 3 innings of the first ever opening season game I’ve been to. I was so peeved. Luckily I was able to watch at a nearby bar until she arrived. Once she did, we headed into the stadium which was not even halfway filled. I’m assuming that many people who had tickets for yesterday, simply couldn’t get another day off. Plus, it was wicked cold today. Temperature at game time was 32 degrees. So despite the fact that I was wearing a hat with three layers of clothing with a blanket thrown over me, I was still freezing. It really felt like I was at a football game. But unlike my experience being in Michigan’s Big House with 107,000+ screaming Wolverines, the wind factor in a almost empty Wrigley Field made things almost unbearable. So instead of drinking beer, I was guzzling hot chocolate. That didn’t do much though. So after the 7 inning stretch with Cubs leading Montreal Expos 6 to 1, we left. But it was good to sing, God Bless America and Take Me Out To The Ballgame with 29, 000 baseball fans. So with Wrigley Field less than a mile from my house, I know I’ll be back for a few more games during warmer weather this season.
Following the game, I went to visit my sister’s new apartment. It’s huge but since she’s such a packrat, the apartment already looks cluttered about less than a month of living there. I tried to encourage her to get rid of things (mostly clothing), but everything has sentimental value. I suppose it’s like me holding on to a TV/VCR combo that my mom purchased for me in 10th grade. It doesn’t work anymore but I can’t bear to get rid of it. So it sits in my office taking up valuable space. After the apartment tour, we went shopping for groceries and household supplies. Didn’t get home until 9pm. I’m exhausted. I really thought today was going to be relaxing, but sitting in the cold for hours zapped all the energy out of me.

6 Comments
  1. Such a “diehard fan”. Sounds like you had fun!

  2. Cold Cubs baseball is better than no baseball. They were the only team for me when I was a kid, and they still are! Congrats.

  3. Bummer you weren’t here. I had an extra ticket that I couldn’t even give away. It was wicked cold.

  4. The reason that there were so many no-shows, in my opinion, is that people have to buy opening day tickets months in advance, without knowing what the weather was like. Once opening day was cancelled, people were allowed to trade their tickets for a game later in the year. And now that they know what the temperature would be like, people had second thoughts about being at opening day. Even your sister knew not to get there until the 3rd inning 🙂

  5. oooh a game at wrigley. haven’t been there since i was a kid. i’m jealous, even if it was cold. we’re going to see the cubs sometime this summer – but in milwaukee instead of chicago. boooo.

  6. My sister is always late and I simply made the mistake of telling her when the game actually started. Normally, I tell her to be someplace at least a half hour of when I really want her to be there. Yesterday was even worse than normal as she had forgotten to change clocks ahead this weekend.

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