Thursday, September 10, 2015

When Worlds Collide: D-Backs vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field

Labor Day weekend was made even more special when I watched my hometown team take on my new team in Chicago.

The Diamondbacks were in town to play the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and I was lucky enough to have tickets to the Saturday and Sunday games.

Saturday's seats were closer to home plate and in the shade, which I appreciated on a warm, humid day. I treated myself to a Daiquiri that promptly melted, but it was refreshing nonetheless.

I'm declaring this a September to Remember, because I have a good feeling about the Cubs' playoff chances and because I think this is going to be a fun month. (Our first wedding anniversary is this month!) Highlights of the day were watching a couple get engaged on the field after the game and getting to walk onto the field (never the grass!).

She said yes!

Sunday's seats were in Aisle 137, Row 2. The view for my friend and me was a bit obstructed by the people in front of us. It seemed like the seats should have been raised a bit higher for each row and turned a few degrees to the left. I was forced to watch most of the game from the big screen. Despite the view, the energy was intense on this day. Highlights included a fan, who a few people claimed had a "man bun," charging the field and being quickly tackled by an astute Cubs employee. And then there was Miguel Montero's crowd-igniting grand slam.

The day started out beautifully, but in the 6th or 7th inning it started to heat up. The high was 91, but with the humidity it felt much more uncomfortable. Our seats weren't in the shade by that point in the game, and I was melting into my seat. Every person who walked past had sweat dripping down their face and wet spots on their clothing. I couldn't make it to the end of the game, opting to leave in the 8th inning. Lots of people had the same idea — the Cubs had a comfortable lead at this point. It was one smelly train ride home with fellow Cubs fans! But it's all part of the fun, I guess.

I didn't recognize as many of the Diamondbacks' names as I once did. 

 How do you think the Cubs will do this month?