Lovable Cubbies Predicted To Lose 90-100 Games So Let The Party Begin in Wrigleyville
It’s going to be a banner year in Chicago with the baseball team on the North Side. For the party scene in Wrigley Field, anyway.
No, the Cubs are not predicted to win the World Series, make it to the Fall Classic, or even win any pennant. In fact, Sports Illustrated has picked then last in the division. “They are not going to be very good – think 90 losses” – it beings. In another passage it states, “in what should be another rebuilding year…”
So what makes it a banner year? Well, when the Cubbies stink, then it makes it easier to get tickets to the best party venue in all of sports, Wrigley Field!
The Cubbies are the oddest team in sports, in any sport, in any country. Because Wrigley Field is so fun, because the neighborhood bars are so great and because the fans are so used to being losing, attending a Cubs games is one of the most entertaining activities on the planet. They are so traditionally inept that it’s not impossible not to love them, to warm to them, to want to wrap you in their arms and cuddle them.
Unless you are a St. Louis Cardinals fan – this is the Midwest’s equivalent of Yankess-Red Sox – it’s impossible not to love the Cubbies. They are so charming because they are so harmless. You don’t go to the games with the thought that they might rip out your heart, or that you actually have to concentrate on the game because it matters in the standings.
You can carry on conversations with those around you, grab a beer from the vendor and soak in the sunshine. Heck, you can even leave the stadium to go to the Captain Morgan bar, and re-enter at your leisure! Is that the way sports should be, or what!?
Saturdays are the best. You get off the El train and head straight to Murphy’s Bleachers. You squeeze your way into it, have a few beers laughing it up with locals, then head to the game when the crowd thins (you don’t wear a watch, you just go with the flow). Then after the game you wander around Wrigleyville, making sure to stop at the Cubby Bear.
The past few years, when the Cubbies threatened to actually be good, getting tickets to games was almost as difficult as getting into the Masters golf tournament, universally known as “The Toughest Ticket in Sports.” All that fades, though, with the fading Cubs chances of post-season glory.
So getting tickets for 2013 should be as easy as it’s been in several seasons.
And make sure you do it this year, because with a lot of young talent, the Cubs are a team on the rise. Sports Illustrated goes so far as to say that in 2014, they could be a legitimate contender.
Then again, probably not. After all, they are the Cubbies.
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