Yesterday, my wife and I went on a tour of Wrigley Field. It was a fun thing to do for our anniversary. I feel very lucky that my wife loves sports so much; she felt that going on a tour of a baseball stadium was a great way to celebrate our anniversary.
I highly recommend going on one of these tours. I thought I knew a lot about Wrigley Field, but on the tour I still learned some new things. For example, did you know that home plate and the pitchers mound are not lined up with centerfield and the scoreboard? I’ve been to Wrigley so many times and, honestly, I never noticed.
Here’s a picture from the press box. You can clearly see that home plate does not line up with centerfield. This was done when they shifted the stadium to add more seats. What does it mean? I don’t know, but maybe the Cubs haven’t won for so long because their stadium is misaligned. Let’s stop blaming the goat. Maybe after five or six Old Styles, it starts to straighten out!
The baskets were put in during the 1970 season to prevent Bleacher Bums from falling on the field since then liked to walk along the wall to go from right field and left field. As you can imagine, many of them had more than a few beverages.
Here I am in the visitor’s clubhouse. I had no idea how small the visitor’s clubhouse is, and they expanded it for the 1990 All-Star Game. This is the same clubhouse all visiting teams to Wrigley Field have used since the park opened in 1914. It’s amazing to think of all the players who sat in this room, such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, etc.
Here I am in the Cub’s clubhouse. While it is nicer than the visitor’s clubhouse, it still is small. The clubhouse was all set up for the Cubs return Friday for inter league action agaisnt the Twins.
Here’s Fukudome’s locker.
Where it all begins.
Tina in the Clubhouse.
I got a different perspective from the Cubs dugout. Dusty Baker was right. The Cubs dugout is sunk down very low so that it is hard to see all the action on the field.
Tina enjoying the view from the dugout.
Lou Piniella’s perspective.
Some more dugout pictures.
The Cubs couple.
I’m smashing what’s left of the Gatorade machine.
I’ve seen enough of Heilman. Let’s get Guzman up.
The rain stopped momentarily for us to go on the field for a picture.
We got to see as much as we did because the Cubs are in Cincinnati. Yesterday, the Cubs lost a game they probably should have lost. Dempster had a rough first inning, spotting the Reds a 3-0 lead. However, that was all the Reds would get through nine innings. The Cubs would chip away and eventually tie the game in the eighth inning. However, the Reds eventually won in the eleventh. Boy, Fontenot had a really rough inning. I still can’t say it enough, the loss of Ramirez is killing the Cubs. Fontenot is not a natural third baseman and more and more he is being exposed out there at third.
So, Zambrano is done after his contract is up in 2012? After Big Z got his 100th win this week, he was asked if he had a shot at 300 like Randy Johnson. He said no, saying that he did not feel like playing after his curren
t contract is up. We’ll see. With Carlos, you never know.