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Wrigley Field this past weekend was great for our spirits and provided valuable lessons

By: Alex Patt

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough for all of us, and as a society we have been starved to get back to normal safely. This past weekend we saw the city open back up fully and Wrigley Field allowing 100% capacity in the stands. What a weekend it was for the Chicago Cubs and their fans.

Fitting that the first series at Wrigley to allow full capacity since the pandemic started was against the rival St. Louis Cardinals. No better way to have it. Oh and by the way, Cubs swept the Cardinals in three games. An epic comeback from 5-1 down in game one, a dominating win in game two, and a close pitcher’s duel in game three. The Cubs are battling with the Brewers for first place and the Cardinals are now 6.0 back. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

The biggest story was seeing beautiful and historic Wrigley Field hosting 30K+ in the stands and the atmosphere being absolutely electric. People had waited so long to be back at the ballpark under more normal circumstances and those in attendance this weekend took full advantage. It felt like everyone in the ballpark was united as one, and that every person was there to make it as fun as possible for everyone else in the stands. When one section cheered or chanted, the rest of the park would follow. Let me also just say:

All hail our Bleacher Beer Snake overlord!!!

Okay, normally I thought the whole beer snake thing was silly and kind of gross…but seeing all these fans come together and collaborate to make that stupid thing, it was beautiful. They built it, chanted “Seven Nation Army” like it was a college basketball game, and everyone was having a blast. It put a huge smile on my face. And props to the ESPN baseball broadcast for showing it and helping making it fun for the viewers on TV. Sometimes the Wrigley bleachers can get a bit rowdy to say the least, and not in a good way, but that was such a coming together moment in a super positive way. You can see the fun they were having in the bleachers on TV and really made you wish you were there.

The first game, a.k.a. “Opening Day 2.0” had so many great moments. Coming from 5-1 down to win 8-5 was great enough, but there was so much more to it. The crowd roaring during that epic Anthony Rizzo at-bat where on the 14th pitch he blasted a game-tying home run was an early indicator this weekend was going to be special. We were also treated to Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields getting a standing ovation as he was shown on the video boards sitting in a luxury box at the park. Remember when Mitch Trubisky got booed at a Bulls game? (Which was not cool btw) The vibe around Fields and Chicago feels so much different. Both exciting as a Cubs and Bears fan. Last but not least, Bill Murray during the stretch:

“This is what it feels like to be one hundred percent!!”

I could go on and on about how special the weekend was, and I was just an observer on TV. Those lucky enough to actually be there, I can only imagine how great it was. This just shows how badly we needed something like this. We had worked for over a year to get to this point and now we can celebrate and come together, or, #CubTogether as one.

I say to Cubs Nation, do not stop! Make every home game like this. Cheer loudly for every little thing. Give standing ovations to players often. Build great python-sized Beer Snakes. Chant “Javy! Javy! Javy” every time he comes to bat. Jump up and down like it’s a college game. Let this weekend be a lesson that people should enjoy every single moment we are at Wrigley Field, win or lose. Baseball is supposed to be fun, let it be fun! Just of course always do it in a safe and friendly manner. Having fun while also being responsible is the best way to live life, imo.

Hopefully there will be more fun for Cubs fans like this down the road this year.

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