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Report from Opening Weekend at Wrigley

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I was fortunate enough to be able to make it to Chicago this weekend for the 100th Opening Day at Wrigley. So, instead of diving in to a particular topic about the team, I thought I’d share my experience for those of you who couldn’t make it.

I don’t teach class on Thursday afternoon or at all on Friday (have I mentioned how awesome it is to be a college professor?), so my wife (who is a teacher and was on spring break) and I flew up on Thursday afternoon. I met my brother and his friends (who were attending their 5th straight home opener) around 10 a.m. on Friday morning to get in line for our bleacher seats. While we were in line, the “unofficial” mascot Billy Cub came by…you may have heard that he’s been in the news lately.

The gates opened a little after 11, and we promptly took our seats in the left field bleachers. Since this was the home opener of the 100th season, so I guess I was expecting something really special to happen before the game. I know the official anniversary is later this month, but I was hoping for something beyond the usual “announce everyone on the clubhouse staff’s name” opening day stuff. Anyway, at least we weren’t kicked out of the park before the game even started.…and it was cool to see some of our fine military folk during the anthem:

As for the game, well, it was a dud offensively, but the pitching staff looked great again. Travis Wood did allow a homerun to Chase Utley, but I can tell you that it was definitely wind-aided – it was one of those rare cold games at Wrigley when the wind was blowing out (to right field). Welington Castillo’s homer, on the other hand, was a line drive right into the teeth of the wind. After the game, we had some fun in Wrigleyville, where I got to meet a few fellow bloggers and some people who I’ve only previously “Twitter met.”

I was also able to catch the game on Saturday. There’s no need for me to recap the game for you – that’s been done elsewhere. What I can do, though, is show you this:

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, that’s our very own C-A-P-S holding up a VFTB sign (check out Joe’s post from yesterday for a close-up). Yes, CAPS, I saw you – sorry we didn’t get to meet in person, maybe next time!

Dear readers, I have to share with you one of the great regrets of my life. After the game on Saturday, I left to go hang with a friend downtown, while my brother and his friends stayed to hang in Wrigleyville. A few minutes after I left, this happened:

Yep, that’s my brother on the left, standing right next to FERGIE FREAKING JENKINS. I’ll never live this one down.

I’m headed to St. Louis to watch the Cubs series for a conference next weekend, so perhaps I’ll have some interesting stories to tell. It’s always fun to enter the lions’ den.

If you haven’t yet, check-out our swell podcast. We just recorded quite a dandy.

Before I go, since we’re all doing it, I thought I’d share some music. This song’s definitely no party anthem, but the musicianship and songwriting are incredible. Every pop singer who lip syncs on TV should be forced to watch this 100 times.

  • Seymour Butts

    It’s great and all that you got to meet Fergie, but you got that close to CAPS and did not meet him? This boggles the mind.

    • Eddie Von White

      Agreed. If I were a betting man, I bet more people on this blog have met Fergie than have met CAPS.

      • PLCB3

        I met him at the Convention.

  • Seymour Butts

    It’s great and all that you got to meet Fergie, but you got that close to CAPS and did not meet him? This boggles the mind.

    • Eddie Von White

      Agreed. If I were a betting man, I bet more people on this blog have met Fergie than have met CAPS.

      • AC0000000

        I met him at the Convention.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Too bad you missed out on meeting Fergie. I met him a few years ago at a local autograph signing up here, he seemed like a really nice guy (and a fellow Canadian as well). I have the photo he autographed on the wall in my office. Too bad you missed meeting CAPS as well, although having not met him, I’m unable to advise on his nice guy or not status.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Too bad you missed out on meeting Fergie. I met him a few years ago at a local autograph signing up here, he seemed like a really nice guy (and a fellow Canadian as well). I have the photo he autographed on the wall in my office. Too bad you missed meeting CAPS as well, although having not met him, I’m unable to advise on his nice guy or not status.

  • PLCB3

    You should have come over to me when you saw the sign.

  • AC0000000

    You should have come over to me when you saw the sign.

  • PLCB3

    I was at both games on Friday and Saturday too. Friday I was in my usual spot, section 304, but then Saturday I moved around. I started the game in 304, then I moved to center field before finally settling in right field, section 314. I liked the view there a lot better. That’s more of a birds eye view then LF. Also a better view point than 304. And you can heckle the people on rooftops. I yelled you’re all leechers at them.

    • Doc Raker

      I yell at the unofficial tee shirt salesman by the L station. “That’s not a real Cubs logo!”

      What section was Ronnie WooWoo in?

      • PLCB3

        On Friday, Ronnie was in section 304.

    • Doc Raker

      I yell at the unofficial tee shirt salesman by the L station. “That’s not a real Cubs logo!”

      What section was Ronnie WooWoo in?

      • AC0000000

        On Friday, Ronnie was in section 304.

  • Doc Raker

    I have met Fergie, spent a night in Scottsdale listening to Carmen Fanzone play trumpet in a jazz band sitting next to Fergie. He is a class act. I also read his book, he has been through some heartache in life. But when I meet CAPS, that’s when my life will be complete. I have expectations of sitting down and eating a quinoa, sweet potato salad and a seared ahi burger with wasabi aioli on a flax seed bun with CAPS.

    • PLCB3

      What’s with the health food? I thought you were a steak and lobster guy?

      • Doc Raker

        I like all kinds of food as long as it is fresh and properly prepared without excess fat, salt or sugar. Steak is just part of my diet. I eat a lot of fish and chicken. I don’t like reptile meat, it doesn’t taste like chicken and I don’t like reptile’s alive or on my plate. I don’t know if the worlds ecosystem could live without reptile’s but I would be happy in a world without reptiles keeping all other ecosystems the same. I hate scorpions also.

      • PLCB3

        I’m all for chicken and fish too. Do you like In-N-Out Burger? I had it once, I thought it was overrated. I once had alligator meat in New Orleans, it was awesome.

    • AC0000000

      What’s with the health food? I thought you were a steak and lobster guy?

      • Doc Raker

        I like all kinds of food as long as it is fresh and properly prepared without excess fat, salt or sugar. Steak is just part of my diet. I eat a lot of fish and chicken. I don’t like reptile meat, it doesn’t taste like chicken and I don’t like reptile’s alive or on my plate. I don’t know if the worlds ecosystem could live without reptile’s but I would be happy in a world without reptiles keeping all other ecosystems the same. I hate scorpions also.

      • AC0000000

        I’m all for chicken and fish too. Do you like In-N-Out Burger? I had it once, I thought it was overrated. I once had alligator meat in New Orleans, it was awesome.

    • Joe Aiello

      smothered in ranch

      • PLCB3

        Nope

    • Joe Aiello

      smothered in ranch

      • AC0000000

        Nope

  • PLCB3

    The fan kicked out is likely a White Sox fan in disguise to make the Cubs look bad

  • AC0000000

    The fan kicked out is likely a White Sox fan in disguise to make the Cubs look bad