Watching The World Series At Wrigley Field

Watching The World Series At Wrigley Field
Chicago Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo

I was at Wrigley
And saw a World Series game
Once in a lifetime?

For more than three hours on Saturday, fans waited (more of less) patiently for the rain to end and the Cubs-Orioles game to resume. The tarp was brought out after the second inning with the Cubs ahead 4-2. Unlike Tuesday night, The grounds crew managed to get it done quickly, which brought cheers from the crowd at Wrigley.

But while we waited we were treated to a (possibly) once-in-a-lifetime experience - watching a World Series game at Wrigley Field.

Shortly after the rain delay started, all TV monitors in the ballpark were tuned to the US Championship of the Little League World Series. Chicago's own Jackie Robinson West team was facing Las Vegas for the chance to meet South Korea on Sunday for the World Championship.

And the kids didn't disappoint. They scored 3 runs in the 5th inning to take the lead after coming back earlier from a first inning 3-0 deficit. The final score, as shown on the Wrigley Field marquee, was Illinois (JWR) 7, Nevada 5.

The World Series game ended just in time for people to take a break, get some food and return to their seats before the game of the field resumed. Like those of us who had remained in covered parts of the stands, fans who had moved to the concourse to avoid the rain erupted in cheers as the kids from the South Side got the last out:

By the way, after the rain ended and play resumed the Cubs managed to score one run each in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings to beat the Orioles 7-2. It was a pretty nice game for Cubs fans to watch, but that's not what most  of us will remember about our rainy Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

One of these days years I'm going to write a haiku after the Cubs play a World Series game at Wrigley.  Make sure you don't miss it - type your email address in the box and click the "create subscription" button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.


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