Wrigley Field in Chicago Stadium Scorecard

We arrived at our 4th stadium, Wrigley field, and got the day off to an exciting start by spending some quality time looking for a reasonable place to park. Parking by the stadium might offer convenience, but it also costs $40. So we (two guys on a tight budget) set out to find a cheaper option. After all, post-game beer doesn’t pay for itself. We headed over to Magnolia St and Grace St and negotiated with Carmen, a resident of the Magnolia/Grace back alley parking authority. Not only was she a looker (as far as parking attendants go), but it was also only between $15 – $20 to park there.

We spent the entire day driving, so we decided to do a lap around the stadium to stretch our legs and get a feel for Wrigley. We saw a few hilarious street t-shirts and ran into a group of guys called the Ball Hawks who sit outside the stadium in left field during batting practice and catch baseballs. If you’re looking to meet a local celebrity (we’re talking realll local), head over to the corner of X and during BP and meet Mo, the king of the Ball Hawks. This guy has caught over 5,000 batting practice balls and over 100 homeruns, including Sammy Sosa’s controversial #63 in 1998. If you want to avoid the stadium and do one of the Wrigley Rooftops (the inspiration for our next adventure: 30 rooftops, 30 days) check out Sheffield Street. You can book early or show up on the day of the game for good deals.

We followed tips from our Twitter following to find the Wrigley’s best pregame locations. Cubby Bear is a massive bar located directly across from the front entrance. As a pregame bar, CB was decent. But after the game it turned into a full out party bar and we’re happy we got to experience it. However if we can only recommend one bar, Casey Moran’s was the coolest bar of the three. They had an outdoor roof patio, ample TVs, and a great crowd of potential Miss COEDs.

Wrigley’s traditional old school baseball vibe can’t be found anywhere else in the country. Fenway is comparable, but feels much more commercial and comes in at a distant second. The “Chicago Dog” was one of the best hot dogs we’ve had so far and we’re still a little mad we didn’t get a few to take with us as we drove to our next stadium. We attempted to find Wrigley’s signature food and 10 out of 10 people had the same reaction, “I dont know, I guess Old Style beer.” Beer is not exactly a “food,” but we happily used that as an excuse to throw a few back.

The game itself was basically over by the bottom of the 1st inning. The Astros crushed Cubs starter Lima for 5 runs and although there was a small rally led by a Cabrera homerun in the 6th the Cubs didn’t stand a chance. Despite the terrible play on the field surprisingly the Cubs fans we’re still very upbeat and stuck it out the entire game. We also met up with Kevin who runs the official Chicago Cubs Twitter feed and he hooked up up with some hats.
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Wrigley Field Ratings

The rating system is based on a scale of 1 to 5 Lou Pinella baseball cards. 1 Lou Pinella baseball card is a lowest rating and 5 Lou Pinella baseball card is the highest rating.

Chicago Dog

$5.25

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7th Inning Tradition

“Take Me Out To The Ball Game”

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Note: Wrigley’s 7th inning stretch is one of the most well known traditions in baseball.

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Signature Food

Old Style – $6.25

Note: It’s not technically a food but everyone said it’s their signature food.

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16oz Beer Prices

$6.25

Note: $3 = 5 heads, $4.50 = 4 heads, $6 = 3 heads, $7.50 = 2 heads, $9.50 = 1 head, $10 or greater = 0 heads

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Bathroom Line at Bottom of the 4th Inning

Note: The urinals are actually troths for you shy guys out there.

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Stadium Superfan

N/A

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Street T-shirts

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Mascot

N/A

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Signature Player Chant

N/A

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Bleacher Fans

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Pregame Bar

Cubbie Bear

Note: The real party starts after the game.

Casey Moran’s

Harry Caray’s

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Stadium Aesthetics

Note: Best oldschool stadium in baseball.

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Stadium Atmosphere

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Sneakability

Notes

• We spotted potential Miss COED’s
• Most popular player jersey was Fukudome
• Home Run Counter: A Ramirez (July 19 – Wrigley), T Colvin (July 19 – Wrigley), J Castro (July 19 – Wrigley), C Johnson (July 19 – Wrigley, Yunel Escobar (July 18 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards), Robinson Cano (July 16th at Yankee Stadium), Jorge Posada (July 16th at Yankee Stadium), Nick Swisher (July 16th at Yankee Stadium)
• First Pitch Counter: 3 – Strike, 1 – Balls : Carlos Silva (July 19 – Wrigley), Brian Matusz (Strike – July 18 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards), John Lackey (Strike – July 17th at Fenway Park), CC Sabathia (Strike – July 16th at Yankee Stadium)
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