Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

On Thursday the 25th I was invited by Justin to go to Chicago and watch a Cubs game with him and Bryan. I was pretty excited since I haven't been to a game in many years. We had a smooth drive in, only getting stuck in traffic for a short time before taking a little scenic detour down State Street. That makes you quickly appreciate the nice neighborhood we live in. I had put a travel plan together that included parking at our favorite, but expensive, downtown garage. After traveling up many floors to find the first available parking space, we parked and took the elevator to the ground floor. We decided to head towards Wrigley Field and find some lunch around there.

Home of the Chicago Cubs

The trip to Wrigley from downtown was so smooth. We took the Red Line, which is the train that you enter like a subway but then later in the route goes up to be an elevated train. What a cool way to travel, when you don't have to do it every day. The Addison train stop is right next to Wrigley Field, which added to the effortless travel. We found a small place to eat on Clark Street before going into the stadium to find our seats.

Game crew

The weather was absolutely perfect. A little overcast, with a strong breeze blowing out of the park (which would assist a few of the Cubs homeruns). Our seats were on the third base side and up in the first section of the upper deck. They provided a really good view and a nice breeze to help us stay cool.

The first four innings of the game were extremely exciting. The Phillies struck first scoring one run in the first, but the Cubs came right back with four in the bottom half of the inning. They would pile it on from there, scoring eleven runs by the fourth inning. It was a lot of fun.

We left after the seventh inning stretch to avoid some of the crowd. The train ride back in to downtown was a little busier but was still just as easy. We walked through a few shops on Michigan Avenue before going back to the car. The ride home was even better with us hitting no traffic at all. It was a fun outing.

Check out the photoset on Flickr.

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