20th Anniversary of the First Night Game

 

Today is the 20th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley Field.  Actually, tomorrow is officially the 20th anniversary of the first night game.  The game on 8/8/88 was called after 3 1/2 innings because of weather.  At that time, my parents owned a True Value, which was one of the coroporate sponsors for the evening. Well, True Value had some contest to give tickets away and there was this sweet box you put your entry into that was shaped like the Wrigley Field sign that’s on the stadium at the corner of Clark and Addison.  I should have kept that box, it’ll probably be worth something someday considering it was designed specially for the night game.  Now I wasn’t able to win this contest because I was a family member of employees of True Value.  As an 10 year old, my parents had to explain this concept to me daily throughout the summer. 

So here we are, a short 20 years later.  I could write some great comprehensive blog documenting the best 10 moments Continue reading

Hope Springs Eternal

Boom

Traveling across the river to watch the fireworks in Bettendorf threw a monkey wrench into our typical Cubs-viewing routine.  We had to discontinue our television viewing just after Edmonds received his standing ovation from the St. Louis crowd before his first at-bat (ho-hum).  A small, portable radio informed us of Soto’s hardball home run as we played a game of whiffle-ball home run derby.  Finally, as the immoderate grand finale was happening, a man sitting near us with earbuds engaged announced to us that the Cubs had won the game.

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Notes 6/27/08

Yes, I was at Wrigley for the awful game on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles.  This game was painful for me to sit through.  I am willing to take responsibility for this ugly game.  I took Continue reading

More Asshattery from Ozzie

Ozzie Guillen

I don’t know what it is about this guy, but he feels the need to trivialize the accomplishments of every opposing player.  Jim Edmonds has become a valuable piece of the Cubs.  So Ozzie must downplay Edmonds’ accomplishments Continue reading

World Series Preview Part II

Well, if the Cubs were to get to the World Series and face the Rays, let’s hope the National League pulls through in the All-Star Game and gives the Cubs home field advantage.  The Cubs have lots of travel and not very much rest Continue reading

Look at Me; I Can Be Centerfield

I have seen some buzz about moving Fukudome to center field so Micah Hoffpauir could get in the lineup, including in this mailbag post on Cubs.com.  I realize that Hoffpauir has shown himself to be a good hitter, Continue reading

6/2 Notes

*  What a homestand!  The Cubs went 7-0.  What impresses me most about the Cubs sweeping the Dodgers and the Rockies is that all 7 games were tight baseball games.  This team continues Continue reading