Tag: Wrigley Field

Anarchists' Brunch: The Sound And A Real, Live Dugout

Anarchists' Brunch: The Sound And A Real, Live Dugout
It was a special night to be at the park on Wednesday, such as it can be for a game in the middle of June. Having seen multiple playoff games and a World Series game there now, the fear would be something would go out of being there for one of the 162. Wednesday put paid to that illusion. There's still magic capable at any point when you're in attendance...

Pirates vs Cubs: Series Preview (4/10-4/12)

Pirates vs Cubs: Series Preview (4/10-4/12)
After an uneven start to the Cubs season-opening road trip, they righted the ship in Milwaukee. Winning three games against the Brewers gave Chicago a 5-4 record on the rain-shortened nine-game trip. Now the Cubs make their 2018 home debut Tuesday against the Pirates at a once again refurbished Wrigley Field. When the Pirates traded... Read more »

Anarchists' Brunch: The Bandwagon

Anarchists' Brunch: The Bandwagon
I'm sure you've all seen it by now. The funny little game on the Cincinnati scoreboard from Friday night that highlighted various Cubs fans and then in pop-up video style made fun of their credentials as fans, or whatever. It was actually pretty cute, though something the Dallas Stars scoreboard has been doing for a while. I got a laugh. Of course, this is something that we're going to have to deal with for a while now. And I sort of worry that by defending us I'll be accused of being sensitive or whiny or lacking a sense of humor. You almost can't win when you've already won, y'know...
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Cubs News and Notes: Hendricks Looks For Balance

Cubs News and Notes: Hendricks Looks For Balance
News and Notes is back, as apparently (at least for the last two games) are the Cubs. Lets get to it. It’s no secret that Kyle Hendricks has struggled out of the gate this season. The Professor is 1-1 with a 6.19 ERA (5.85 FIP) in three starts so far in 2017. Understandably, Kyle is not... Read more »

Anarchists' Brunch: The "New" Wrigley

Anarchists' Brunch: The "New" Wrigley
I didn't get a chance to be in Wrigley for the ceremonies this week. But I did attend on Thursday, and got a look at some of the new features to the park. It's kind of startling the debate it's generating, but you can see why when you get there. First off, the plaza on Clark is really elegant and doesn't take away from anything at all. It's been a few years since you could see the actual park from the street, and you can now with the construction having moved elsewhere. I'd like to see what it feels like before a game more than I did on Thursday, as I arrived just before first pitch and kind of hustled in...

Anarchists' Brunch: Maynard Says Let Go

Anarchists' Brunch: Maynard Says Let Go
The last event, the last celebration, comes this week. Tomorrow night the Cubs will raise their banner/pennant/whatever. Then on Wednesday everyone will get their rings. And then, it will be the 2017 season, nothing else. Having been to a couple of these on Madison St., I know that as much fun as they are, how happy they'll make you, the tears they may once again generate (whatever video package the Cubs have prepared is going to be hard to get through), there is a twinge of sadness that comes with them. Because at some point, you will realize that it's over. Once everything is handed out and raised, there really is only to look forward. You've got the memories, but now they're just that...
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Anarchists Brunch - Hibernation Time

Anarchists Brunch - Hibernation Time
Lots of assorted things floating around within this cavernous, shaved skull of mine. In no particular order: -Some new renderings of the construction around Wrigley Field popped up this week. You probably saw them. It's always tough to conceive of what it will look like in real life. I had a couple friends who weren't exactly thrilled that Wrigley might be concealed from view from Clark St. with the new buildings and atrium or whatever (and do they really have that much space in the former parking lot?). I guess that would be a shame. There is something about walking down Clark and then the park just appearing. If it were just behind other buildings, there would be some effect. But then again, you can't see Fenway until you're walking into it and even then it just looks like an old warehouse. Doesn't ruin anything about being in it...

Tuesday With Schmuelee

I'd love to come here and say I had a good reason for not doing the brunch on Sunday. The answer is I simply forgot, between my hockey duties and a blistering hangover. I'd also love to tell you that this won't happen again... but c'mon. It's probably going to. However, Commodore Arguello informed me that Adam used to forget too, and would come back on Tuesdays to make up for it. So when I do, you'll get these. Sound good? I actually drove by Wrigley this morning running some errands. It's the first time in a long while I'd seen all the construction and the bleacher-less stadium. And all I could think was how funny all this is...

Anarchists Brunch - It's Warm Somewhere

Little late today, sorry about that. It's always something of a weird letdown when pitchers and catchers report. You get excited at the beginning of the week, because you know (in this case) Thursday marked at least the cars being wheeled to the starting grid on the baseball season. And then that day arrives, and you realize it's all going on out of sight somewhere pretty far from Chicago. And when the temperature is -4, it feels very very far indeed. So nothing in the daily routine really changes. It's not like you stopped reading baseball websites and started again simply because there was leather popping on a field in Arizona. And yet, there is some feeling of reassurance. Maybe the day is just slightly easier knowing there is horsehide being hurled down south. There's the clack of spikes somewhere. Especially when in the sports world, February is the epitome of the doldrums. The Super Bowl is over, which means the Bears season has been done for months, usually. The Hawks and Bulls are slogging through regular season games that not even they care about as the excitement of the upcoming playoffs hasn't quite taken hold yet. So it's good to be jubilant about anything in any small way. So that's where I am as we try and sift through whatever's crashing around in my skull cavity...
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Anarchists Brunch - Actually Starting To Maybe Get Real

This week I had my season ticket draft with the people I split a season ticket package amongst. This will be my second year as a partial season ticket holder, and it feels like my plan of getting in on the ground floor last year was pretty spot on. For most of the winter, and even the back half of the fall, thinking about the 2015 baseball season is kind of in the abstract. Sure, we all waste our employer's time (if you have one) daydreaming about the homers Bryant will hit after the season's first ten days or it clicking for Baez or those sneak-attack homers by Alcantra or the complete games from Lester or the strong outings from Hendricks that you know drive opposing fans nuts. But they're kind of just loose concepts in your head...