Over the years I have been to hundreds of Cubs games at Wrigley Field. I have even been lucky enough to attend two playoff wins.
My favorite game will always be August 31,2012. My son had just recently turned three years old. The rebuilding Cubs were taking on the eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Stud pitcher Madison Bumgarner was on the hill for the Giants. He came in to the game with a 14-8 record. Pitching for the Cubs was Chris Volstad who came in at 1-9. A last-minute cancellation at work gave me just enough time to pick up my son and make it to the game.
I’ll never forget the smile on his face when I told him we were going to the Cubs game.
We put on his Starlin Castro shirsey, and we were off. For the only time ever, I drove to the game. (I don’t suggest driving to Wrigley Field by the way.) We parked and walked up to the ticket window as the second inning was about to start. A couple was standing nearby and suggested that I not buy tickets because they had two extras. After thanking them, I realized that these seats were located in the first row by the bullpen.
The next few innings included hot dogs, peanuts and ice cream; somehow, the Cubs led 6-2. Around the fifth inning, my son said hello to Cubs pitcher James Russell (@jcruss51). James looked right back at him and said hi.
After the sixth inning, Russell began to warm up in the bullpen. After completing his warm-up tosses, he looked into the stands and gave the ball to my three-year-old son. This ballplayer had given a ball to my son at his first game ever!
Russell pitched a scoreless seventh, and the Cubs won the game 6-4. My son, who is now almost six, has now been to many games and is a die-hard fan of the Cubs.
His favorite players are Starlin Castro and James Russell. He was so thrilled when the Cubs re-signed him this season. I could not have written a script for a more amazing first game for a kid. Since then , he has run the bases after seven Sunday games. In my opinion, this is the best promotion the Cubs have ever done.
We will see you this weekend @Cubs.
The scorecard from that game
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