Spring is here, although it doesn’t really feel like it yet. It means the return of cooking on the backyard grill, blooming flowers and it also means that baseball season has returned. Anyone who knows me or who has followed this column for sometime knows that I’m a die-hard fan of the Chicago Cubs.
I’ve made it to two games so far since the season began. My dad and I have a tradition of attending an early April game together. And in April, my youngest boy’s birthday month, I usually also take him to a game. For his game, I decided to take him to the 100th anniversary game of Wrigley Field. I couldn’t imagine going without my dad to such a historic event, so we got him a ticket, too.
There was a lot going on and several former Cubs and even a couple former Bears who had played at Wrigley Field were there for the event. The crowd got complimentary throwback jerseys with the Chicago Federals logo like the ones worn by the team that day.
When Wrigley Field opened it was known as Weeghman Park and the team playing there was the Federals. In the first game played there, the Federals played the Kansas City Packers. The Cubs rival that day was the Arizona Diamondbacks and the team wore 1914 style Packers jerseys.
I wish the Cubs could have pulled off a win in that game, but us fans are used to disappointment. It was pretty pathetic, though, to watch them go from a 5-2 lead going into the 9th inning to losing the game 7-5.
Even with the loss, it was a memorable day. I always say that the ballpark with its charm and its ivy and its ancient facilities and out-of-date technology is my favorite place on earth. Everything else in the world can melt away as I sit in my upper deck seats looking down on the field below. I love going to games with my family, especially when we make it one of these three generations trips. Every time we are there we make new memories and I’m looking forward to making a few more in the season ahead.
Free community concert features TFS choir
The Thornton Fractional South High School Choral Department with special guests the VanderCook College of Music Chamber Orchestra have an upcoming concert scheduled that is free and open to the public.
Enjoy Schubert's much-loved choral masterpiece, Mass in G, at 6:30 p.m. May 7 at the First United Methodist Church Lansing, 18420 Burnham Ave.