Even In April, There’s Nothing Like The Friendly Confines
On Monday I had the opportunity to go to my first Cubs game of the year thanks to Gold Coast Tickets. I had not expected to go to a game for at least a few more weeks, but when your boss calls and asks if you want to go to a baseball game for free, you drop everything and go. So on a cool night in April, I went to my home away from home, Wrigley Field.
I’ve been to a few other ballparks, but there’s nothing like a game at Wrigley Field. History and tradition are soaked in the ivy-covered walls, and I’m always glad to be a part of it every time I get to see it in person. I’m also proud to call myself a Cubs fan when I’m surrounded by thousands of the kindest, most optimistic fans in all of sports.
Every once in a while, the Cubs get close to coming through for those optimistic fans. After another poor performance from the bullpen, the Cubs were down by four going into the bottom of the ninth, but then the Cubs rallied to score two runs on Brewers closer John Axford.
Axford struck out David DeJesus for the second out, but then walked Darwin Barney to load the bases for Starlin Castro. This is one of the most intense moments in all of baseball. In a crunch-time situation, the best hitter comes to the plate against the relentless closer. One hit ties the game, and if the hit is good enough, it could be enough to win it.
Unfortunately, disappointment was the only result of that at bat. Castro watched as the third strike passed him by and the chance to be a hero slipped from his grasp. All that excitement vanished in an instant and was replaced by the feeling of defeat.
Even though the Cubs weren’t able to come through in the clutch, I’m glad to have been able to see it in person. Win or lose, I never regret a trip to Wrigley Field. Even though the Cubs lost on that night (thanks a lot bullpen), I’ll be back many other times this year, hoping for the chance to sing one of the happiest songs ever written, “Go Cubs Go”.
This is a guest post by Jon Bowman from MidwayMadness.com. Midway Madness is a site dedicated to Chicago sports. It is written by Chicago sports fans, for Chicago sports fans. Jon is studying journalism and is captain of the baseball team at Columbia College. Wanna read more from Jon and the guys at Midway Madness? Click here.
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