I was in Chicago for the weekend and with the Cards in town, I made sure to catch a Cub game. I’ve been to Wrigley probably 30 times over the past two decades and I never get tired of it. The first time I made the rookie mistake of sitting in the stands near third base. Someone told me, ‘try the bleachers’…I did…I never went back. Now, I know the bleachers at Wrigley aren’t always kid friendly, but they are fun and full of character and characters.
There was a buzz in the bleachers the other day and not just because the Cardinals were in town. The Cubs are contending in the NL Central. Derek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, even Jason Kendall are tearing it up. They went out and locked down Carlos Zambrano for 5-years 90-mil…and they are doing this without (Cub fans cover your ears) Wood and Prior. Even Lou Piniella is keeping it together, winning will calm anyone down. Side note, ran into ‘The Coach”, Mike Ditka Monday night. We were talking about coaching and Piniella. Ditka looked great and said that he’s learned to “let things go” more often. Back to Piniella, his in-your-face style only has to work for one great season. The one Cubs fans have been waiting for since….forever.
Back to the park. I’ve been to most of the current parks and many of the old ones. I have to say that Wrigley and Fenway Park in Boston are the ones I truly enjoy. I like what they’ve done lately, building retro-parks, but there’s no substitute for real charm…old charm. Wrigley has the party atmosphere. Fenway has the intensity of the fans. I even like the seats on the Green Monster. I was nervous that it would be some skybox or something, but to be up there must be pretty nice.
So that brings us to tonight’s assignment kids. Wrigley or Fenway…make your case. If you’ve been to both, compare. If you’ve not been to either, tell me your favorite park and why. But most importantly, if you really have not visited either of these legendary parks…just go. Grab a friend, or your brother or your wife or whomever. You will not regret it.