Archive for ‘Wrigley Field’

September 30, 2012

The lonely bear

This bear stood outside the left field gate at Wrigley Field waving at anyone and everyone that passed him. They passed by without notice. It was like he didn’t exist. The bear just stood there, waving, trying to promote something with a guy hoping to hand out information. Nothing got handed out, and still the bear stood there, waving, as if he was greeting the wall. It was very hollow. I remember thinking the handler should light the bear on fire, because then someone would look. Not really, but, you know. Just a thought. There’s something quite distressing about an ignored mascot.
The lonely bear
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September 26, 2012

Wrigley wide – bye-bye baseball

It’s rare for me to not make a game at Wrigley at least once a year, but it almost happened this year. Not until late September did I venture to the Friendly Confines, and this was far after the Cubs’ season had melted away into an abysmal abyss. I can’t remember them this bad in my lifetime despite their lovable losing ways, but Theo Epstein and the front office are doing something I’ve also never seen the organization attempt: selling off and rebuilding from the minor leagues up. Why did it take so long? I think in years past the Cubs were owned by a corporation bent on filling the seats with a team good enough to compete even if it was flawed. The new ownership may actually value winning more – even if they’re willing to lose for a year or two – or three – to get there. The organization will be healthier for the change.

Joey Votto is at bat against Cubs rookie lefty Chris Rusin. The Cubs lost again this night. The season is winding to a close, which is very depressing to me. Baseball is an every-day companion for half of the year. It is weird when it disappears.
Wrigley wide - bye-bye baseball
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September 24, 2012

The souvenir stand

I walked around Wrigley Field noticing how interesting the souvenir stands are lit at night. They have to pop, so they throw as much as possible on the merchandise. After realizing the stand outside of the center field bleachers wasn’t quite right for the shot I wanted, I wandered up Waveland to the left field corner. Everything came together here. The light on the stand, the lights of the stadium and the color combined for a pretty cool night shot. The streak from the stadium lights was actually this visible in person.
The souvenir stand
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