i went to my first ball game yesterday! my second year in chicago, and i finally make it up to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game. yay Cubbies! they were playing the Pirates yesterday, so the crew dragged their asses out of bed to make it to Wrigley to watch the game: Sean, Liza, Eric, Amaris, Dave, Kai, Lauren, Paul, Justin, and me. we had tickets, for some inexplicable reason, for the very top row of the bleachers, waaaaay on the top of the stadium, with a chain-link fence at our backs, and the wind blowing from every imaginable direction. i was frozen to the bone in minutes, sitting there huddled in my coat, hat, and gloves, and laughing like crazy at being at Wrigley Field, with the sun shining and the icy wind blowing off the lake. i really like Wrigley Field -- the stadium's really nice, and from our seats perched high above everyone else i could see the lake, and the buildings around the stadium are all old-looking brick. the closest ones have extra seats built onto their roofs so that more people can watch the Cubs play, and now that the controversial screens have been removed, those seats were full of people there to enjoy the sunny day and watch the ball game.
i spent a lot of time shivering while watching the ball game, and having sean and paul explain how parts of the game work IE what certain plays are called, and when strikes are strikes and that kind of thing...and watching people manually change the numbers on the scoreboard from the INSIDE of the scoreboard, which was great. -grins- we drank coffee and cocoa and ate hot dogs, nachos and cheese, and pretzels...and cotton candy. and i marvelled at people who were -despite the freezing weather- drinking cold beer. baseball is such a great game though, i love the sound of the bat connecting with a loud CRACK with the ball, and then following the ball up into the air...and hopefully not into an outfielder's glove. saw a homerun hit by Damien Miller of the Cubs, and the game ended in a shutout -GO CUBBIES! but by that point in time we were all just dying to go home and get warm. it was so cold i was honestly shivering, thankful for the occasion corner of the exorbitantly expensive blanket that Dave and Kai had purchased, and bouncing my feet around to keep them from freezing off. it was the coldest i'd been since the middle of winter, and i still loved being there.
in the middle of the seventh inning, the entire stadium got to its collective feet and started singing --
"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."
when it gets warmer, i'm going to go to another Cubs game, and spend another afternoon screaming, listening to the CRACK of bat on ball, and just hanging out with my friends at the ball game.