For me, baseball is happiness. I was born and raised a Cubs fan and until my last breath I shall stay that way. So to be alive when Heaven-on-Earth, known to most people as Wrigley Field, turns 100 it is without a doubt, a very amazing sight.
The stadium has been through its ups and downs in both teams that have graced its fields as well as Mother Nature wreaking her havoc during the harsh Chicago winters. Renovations have gone on in recent years, to some fans dismay and to other's absolute delight, giving Wrigley a little bit of a face lift without taking its charm away.
Starting off Wrigley Field's 100th year was the today's game between the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies wherein the hometown heroes fell to the Phillies 7-2. Before the game, a long time Cubs fan named Bubba Huskey (+2 for awesome name) told Eyewitness News 7
in Chicago 'This is the last thing on my bucket list. I am a young man and I've done everything I plan to do in my life, watch a game at Wrigley Field is the last thing on my list.' To attend a home opener is on every fan's bucket list and I hope that Mr. Huskey enjoyed it very much!
While the Chicago Cubs have yet to win a World Series in 100+ years (I stopped counting at 100, that's plenty enough), the faithful return year-after-year to the hallowed grounds at the corner of Addison and Clark to take in the beauty of the ballpark. Upgrades have occurred with larger capacity seating, safety nets for structure maintenance, digital scoreboards in the outfield and random bits of advertising throughout the stadium. With all these modern touches, Wrigley Field has an aura around it that can make you pretend you're back in the 1920's watching a game in the bright sunlight without a care in the world.
So here's to you, Wrigley Field - Happy Birthday and we hope there are many, many years ahead of you.... some of which I can only hope include World Series wins!
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