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Baseball Summer, Wrigley Field

Our fabulous summer Baseball tour took us altogether to 15 of America’s shrines, or if you prefer, Baseball Parks.

This post will talk about one of the three oldest.

A summer Baseball tour would not be complete without a trip to Wrigley Field, on the north side of Chicago.

A summer Baseball tour would not be complete without a trip to Wrigley Field, on the north side of Chicago.

Wrigley celebrated is’s 100th year this summer. That is about all it had to celebrate, because once again they had a miserable season.

At least the beer was good, and cold. The servers were a happy lot.

At least the beer was good, and cold. The servers were a happy lot.

Unfortunately, they could not let us keep the can, it would have made a wonderful souvenir. Also, unfortunately, it is a very long trip down the ramps to find a men’s room. I asked a worker on the second level, where we were sitting,  if there was a restroom up here.

He said “nope, only one, downstairs”

So I said “that just ain’t right.”

He said “Hey, this place is 100 years old.”

So, your irreverent travel blogger asked him ‘What? People did not need to piss a 100 years ago?”

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Unless you pay for better seats in Wrigley, you are likely have an obstructed view. This is a little annoying.

One thing Wrigley has that other parks do not is seats on rooftops across the streets.

One thing Wrigley has that other parks do not, is seats on rooftops across the street.

This started (I think) in the early 1970’s when some dude realized his rooftop had an unobstructed view of the game. He started inviting his friends to bring lawn chairs and watch the cubbies. Then he built some bleacher seats and started selling tickets. It was innocent free enterprise.

Then, it turned into a big enterprise. Today, every rooftop with a view of the playing field has very upscale seats. They have restaurants and bars inside. I'll bet they have better restroom access as well!

Then, it turned into a big enterprise. Today, every rooftop with a view of the playing field has very upscale seats. They have restaurants and bars inside. I’ll bet they have better restroom access as well!

They new owner of the Cubbies has announced that he is going to put in a big Jumbotron behind the outfield, which would create yet more obstructed views. Basically it would put these entrepreneurs out of business. They have hired lawyers, and the lawsuits are flying better than the Cubs hits.

The area around Wrigley park is called Wrigleyville. About every building is a restaurant with a bar. I have no idea how they survive the winter.

One of the restaurants jumped on the current Bacon craze in America.

One of the restaurants jumped on the current Bacon craze in America.

Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. A visit to this statue is considered almost sacred by Cubs fans. I am raising two fingers to signify his favorite chant "lets play TWO"

Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. A visit to this statue is considered almost sacred by Cubs fans. I am raising two fingers to signify his favorite chant “lets play TWO”

Harey Carry's

For dinner Broach Baseball tours took us to Harry Caray’s steakhouse. It, and he, are both overrated. Enough said.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Leeann says:

    …and I have that same T-shirt :)

  2. Leeann says:

    Hey Brother,
    It has been really fun reading about your Baseball Quest of 2014. Let’s keep hope alive for Vinny’s Los Angeles Dodgers…it could happen…
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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