Fresh off of a 2 and 4 road trip, your Chicago Cubs (31-46) return home to Wrigley Field today to take on the Colorado Rockies (38-39) for a 1 game series. This here game is making up a rain-out from April 27th.
After today our boys have 4 games vs the San Francisco Giants and 3 vs the Southside White Sox.
As long as the Cubs win 7 or 8 outta 8 we should be ok.
There are plans in the works for a Wal-Mart store (or as grandpa calls it: Walmarts) at 3636 North Broadway; about 4 blocks from our beloved Wrigley Field. The word on the street is that this will be a "Wal-Mart Express" which is basically a smaller version of their typical big A-- stores in the suburbs. From my limited research, these things basically sound like Walgreens (groceries, office supplies, a pharmacy). And, as luck would have it, there's already a Walgreens two doors away.
Your Chicago Cubs (28-40) are set to welcome the darn New York Yankees (27 world championships) to beautiful Wrigley Field for a three game series.
The last time these boys faced one another here was in 2003. Boy, that was a memorable series. It featured match-ups of Wells vs Zambrano, Clemens vs Wood and Pettitte vs Prior - with our boys in blue taking 2 outta 3.
I recall sitting in the bleachers during that Wood vs Clemens, Saturday affair. It was just a beautiful day for baseball. The Rocket was going for his 300th win and he darn near had it - leaving the game in the 7th with a 1-0 lead. But thanks to Juan Acevedo serving up a 3 run shot to Eric Karros, that victory went to our Kid K. Now, you see, Karros was only in the game because of a freak injury to good ol Hee Seop Choi. In the 4th Choi and Wood bumped into one another on a pop-up and somehow our first basemen ended up down for the count. It is still the only time I recall seeing an ambulance on the field.
Looks like our prediction of Wrigley Field being turned into Miller Park South weren't too off, but our expectations for our team were. Your Chicago Cubs just took 3 outta 4 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
If you take a gander at the main title of this here blog. You will find that we run this site to Document Wrigley Field, but lately we feel obligated to Defend her.
You see - darn near like clockwork - when the Cubs are tanking, folks start looking for someone or something to blame. At some point that blame comes to rest on Wrigley Field, and this week there were a couple such stories in the newspapers that did just that.
First you had Dave Eggers' backhanded complement: Who needs winning baseball at the ultimate neighborhood park? This youngster, who you'd think was my age, wrote: "Not that the score mattered much. I grew up with the Cubs, and I don't remember the possibility of winning ever being high among the reasons we went to Wrigley. We went because the park was ragged and crumbling and lived-in, beautiful in an almost accidental way."
That there is one way folks blame Wrigley Field. You see, they blame her "atmosphere." They say that somehow her beauty or her charm or the fact she's "lived-in" woos fans into not caring about winning.
This is horse manure.
Then you've got baseball "writer" Peter Gammons. He not only insulted Wrigley Field by calling her "A Dump" he also said the Cubs probably can't win in the future because of her. Mr Boston-lover said: “The Ricketts family has a serious issue they’re going to have to understand: It’s not only rebuilding personnel ... they got to make that ballpark livable, it’s a dump. They’re going to have to spend $200-and-something million on renovating Wrigley Field, And the investment is far greater than, I think, maybe they realize."
That's another argument we hear from folks blaming Wrigley Field. They say she's some sort of dump - that she should be torn down and replaced. Now, I'm no mathematician but it seems to me that building something new - something that would no doubt TRY to be Wrigley Field - for $500 or $600 or $900 million might not be such a great idea compared to fixing what we've got. And what we've got is a damn national treasure. She's not perfect and we all know that at some point she is going to need some renovating. And sure, $200 million dollars is a lot of money. I mean - heck - that's Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome's contract added together!
Let me tell ya, we are getting awfully tired of folks blaming this Stadium and saying we've got one of two ways to look at Wrigley Field. Either she's so darn charming that she's prevented us from winning OR she's such a money sucking dump that she is preventing us from winning.
We would simply like to propose a third option: that the Chicago Cubs are preventing us from winning.
Brewers flag currently on top. Cubs flag currently one from the bottom.
Hot off of a 2-8 road trip, your (25-39) Chicago Cubs return to beautiful Wrigley Field tonight to host the first place Milwaukee Brewers (38-28).
Sure we'd all like to see the Cubs turn this thing around with a solid showing against our neighbors to the North, but I gotta tell ya - I'm also pretty curious to see how the opposing fans take over Wrigley Field starting tonight.
If this thing does turn into Miller Park South, we can only imagine what will happen this weekend when we host the damn New York Yankees. I fear it's gonna be none too good.
There's been no "official" word from anyone but we here at The Wrigley Blog are going to go ahead and officially announce it anyway:
Paul McCartney will be in concert at beautiful Wrigley Field on Sunday Night, July 31st
Sure it's only a rumor, but the city did secured that date for a Wrigley concert today, the same day Sir Paul announced he's playing Yankee Stadium in mid-July. So...
If this thing does happen, it'll make for the sixth concert hosted at the Friendly Confines and I gotta say, they've mixing it up pretty well so far. Jimmy Buffett (2005) for those margarita drinking Cubs Fans The Police (2007) for fans of the 1984 Cubs Elton John and Billy Joel (2009) I guess for the piano loving Cubs Fans? Rascal Flatts (2009) for the country loving Cubs Fans Dave Matthews Band (2010) for Sammy Sosa jersey wearing Cubs fans.
I figure Paul McCartney's gonna be a big hit with the 1969 Cubs Fans. . . those fans never get any attention, lol!