wpbc’s 10 favorite things about following the cubs
'duk over at Yahoo sports penned The 10 best things about being a Cubs fan, it’s a good list. Of course lists like this are all about personal taste. So I decided to pen a list of my own. These are my ten favorite things about following the Cubs.
10. Wrigleyville neighborhood taverns and restaurants. ‘duk mentioned Murphy’s and while that is not my cup of tea, Wrigleyville has something for most everyone. My personal favorites are Guthrie’s, Bernie’s and The Piano Man.
9. Spring Training in the Cactus League. I’m forty and the Cubs have trained out in Arizona as long as I recall. In most years March is miserable in Chicago (not this year) so it is a great time to head out west and enjoy some sunshine and the Cubs. It’s fun to see the team up close while keeping an eye on the bad weather your friends and co-workers are dealing with back in Chicago.
8. Old Style beer. Yeah, in this day of great american micro brews it’s hard to explain, but there is something about getting a cold Old Style at Wrigley Field that just seems right. It never tastes that good anywhere else.
7. Day baseball. Talk about retro the Cubs are the only team in the majors that plays a majority of their games during the daytime. Despite this being a built in excuse for the failures of Cubs players and teams, it’s a great way for fans to watch baseball.
6. “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks and other great players who have worn the Cubs uniform.
5. Wrigley Field. So much of the Cubs identity (see this list) revolves around the 98 year old ballpark tucked into a neighbohorhood on the northside of Chicago. (I am a huge fan of the access to the park by public transportation.)
4. Pat Hughes on the radio pbp. Does it get any better than an afternoon in the yard doing lawn work listening to Hughes call a game? Not in my world.
3. Memorable games. Even though it’s been 104 years, the Cubs have had some great single game performances. ‘duk mentioned the Sandberg Game. There’s Kerry Wood’s 20 K game, Holtzman’s no hitter’s, Pappas’ no hitter that should have been perfect and some great comebacks in 1989 and 2008. What about the division clinchers. Take your pick, you can’t go wrong…as long as the Cubs ended up winning.
2. Family ties. I’m a third generation Cubs fan, my son is our fourth. It is special to share something with my son that my father and grandfather shared with me. Taking my son to games at Wrigley Field, watching them on tv, listening on the radio, or just talking to him about the team brings back great memories of my childhood.
1. Friday afternoons in the summer 1:20 (the 2:20’s were even better). Is there a better way to end a work week and start your weekend early? I think not. Other teams are missing out with their 7:05 Friday night starts.