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WRIGLEY_FIELD_100_LOGOOn April 23, against the Diamondbacks, the Chicago Cubs will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, which is pretty swell. I will be in attendance (right field bleachers, as close to the bottom corner (by the LED board) as I can get), and I hope to see many of you there. Look for the blue and yellow shoes, and the cheery sense of desperation!

Among the special stuff going on that day:

  • The first 30,000 fans get a Chi-Feds jersey, which actually looks pretty badass.
  • The first 10,000 fans get a cupcake – because it’s a birthday, you see.
  • There will be a giant cake – again, birthday – on display for the first few innings by the Ernie Banks statue on Clark Street.
  • There will be music, decor, and folks in garb reflective of the 1910s era.
  • Commissioner Bud Selig and folks from the families of past Cubs owners will be in attendance at a special ceremony before the game.
  • This one is very cool, and I’m just going to quote from the press release: “Wrigley Field is beloved by many Cubs legends and Hall of Famers, and many of these greats will return to their former positions on the field for this special occasion. Ernie Banks (SS), Glenn Beckert (2B), Andre Dawson (RF), Ryan Dempster (P), Bobby Dernier (CF), Randy Hundley (C), Fergie Jenkins (P), Gary Matthews (LF), Milt Pappas (P), Lee Smith (P), Billy Williams (LF), Kerry Wood (P) and Sam and Spencer Brown (grandchildren of Ron Santo, 3B) are scheduled to take part in an ‘Alumni Take the Field’ presentation before the ceremonial first pitch.”
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be using a 100-year-old ball that was actually used at Wrigley Field (then Weeghman Park) 100 years ago. Maybe someone will hit that pitch into the bleachers. And I will not throw it back.
  • There will be speciality food, too: “For fans who truly want to embrace the centennial atmosphere, Levy Restaurants has developed several menu items at the ballpark that trace back to popular food offerings from a century ago. Guests can take a culinary trip through time by visiting the Decade Diner, formerly the Sheffield Grill, located inside Gate D near section 142. Homestand specials for the 1910s include a classic Reuben Sandwich with pastrami, sauerkraut, house-made Louie dressing and Kraft Swiss Cheese on a marble rye bread; as well as a Breaded Pork Chop Sandwich with an herb-breaded boneless pork chop, slow-cooked onions and spicy mustard on toasted roll. The Decade Dogs stand near section 123 will serve decade-themed specialty hot dogs this season, starting with the 1910s Reuben Dog featuring a Vienna Beef hot dog, sliced corn beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese. Adults 21-and-over can quench their thirst with signature, period cocktails as well. A 1910s Weeghman Park Old Fashioned comprised of Bulleit Rye and Finest Call Old Fashioned Mix, served with an orange slice and cherry, will be offered in limited-edition souvenir glasses April 18-24 on the main concourse at section 109 and the bleacher patio in left field.”
  • vitaminB

    Quite a monstrosity of a distraction from the fact that this is not a major league roster, again.

    • BT

      [img]http://ib3.huluim.com/video/7596082?region=US&size=600×400[/img]

      • Travis

        Oh dear Lord, this may be the funniest post I’ve seen on this site! Thank you, BT.

    • TommyK

      I’m with you. I don’t know how any Cubs fan can be in them mood to celebrate anything baseball related. 2014 Cubs baseball just makes me angry and depressed. It’s hard to get excited that the building in which this travisty is taking place is really old. And, by the way, we don’t seem to be any closer to the renovation getting started. At this point, Wrigley is just an albatross hanging on the Cubs neck. But hey, it’s a 100 year old albatross, so let’s party.

      • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

        Who shit in your cereal? These moments offer a break from the bad team that they have on the field. Enjoy a giveaways, welcome back the former players, and just soak in the greatest venue in all of sports.

        • candyland07

          100 years that is special. I think for one night I can forget the horrid display of baseball that Kalish,Valbuena ,Baker and Bonifacio has given the Cubs in the last week or 6 games to be precise.

          A 100 years, to be a part of history – to be able to interact and just enjoy everything and and anything Cub related is 100 % cool. This one game that the actual game is the backdrop – just being and caught up in the moment is the real game experience.

      • Edwin

        I’m always ready to party.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      This has been scheduled, and worked on, for probably a year or longer. For whatever that’s worth.

      • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

        Nah, this was all planned. 100 years ago they knew the Cubs would be here and would have a crappy team so they built the stadium.

        • Joshua Edwards

          +100

        • DarthHater

          It’s a very long-term plan, but things are looking up and it appears that, by year 110 or so we should be primed for sustained success.

    • joejoe234

      Hey everyone, I posted my tickets for the game on the message board. I have two season tickets that unfortunetly I can’t use. They’re press box view and I’m not looking to make money on them. If you are interested check out the message board.

  • GoCubsGo

    I heard rumors they’d have crazy prices from the era that day, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Still going to be a fun day. I’m hoping to get one of those Chi Fed jerseys.

  • PejaO42

    Annnnnnd now I am hungry. As a Wisconsinite, I apporve of the Old Fashioned.

  • butlerdawgs

    I wouldn’t mind getting one of the old fashioned glasses. If someone’s going to the game, please let me know if you’re willing to get one for me. Thanks!

  • Edwin

    panem et circenses

    • vitaminB

      Perfectly put.

    • BT

      Hysterical. The Latin is a perfectly wankerific touch.

  • Jon

    April is Diabetes month at Wrigley Field :)

    • DarthHater

      You’re a cruel, insensitive man.

  • Rebuilding

    I think I’ll go just to get that Chicago Feds jersey

  • Edwin

    I think it’d be better if they celebrated in June. The weather would probably be better. Spring baseball just can’t compare to summer baseball.

    • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

      They’ll still have celebrations but the 23rd is THE 100th birthday.

      • Edwin

        I actually forgot to get them anything this year. Can we just put all our gifts together and say that they’re from all of us?

        • Fishin Phil

          Cheapskate. ;)

          • Edwin

            It’s not my fault. I don’t even know what I’d give Wrigley as a present anyways. Candle stick holders? I don’t even know where they’re registered.

            • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

              I got a gravy boat

        • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

          You can put your name on my card Edwin

  • Funn Dave

    “The ceremonial first pitch will be using a 100-year-old ball that was actually used at Wrigley Field (then Weeghman Park) 100 years ago.”

    Too cool. I wish I could be there.

  • Fishin Phil

    And, to top it all off, a certain grouchy old puppet will make an appearance!

    • Edwin

      Oscar’s going to be there?!?

      • Fishin Phil

        If he is, I’m gonna get his autograph!

  • MaxM1908

    Sounds amazing. I’ll be there, Brett, with wife and daughter. Hope we get a chance to meet up after the game so you can meet them. It’s my Little Girl’s first game at Wrigley so I plan to make it a special one.

    One nitpick with the festivities, they seem to be promoting the Reuben as an authentic piece of 1910 culinary faire. This is inaccurate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuben_sandwich. Only the most unreliable source of the Reuben origins places it at 1914, and even if that were true, it is highly unlikely that it gained popularity enough to be served at ballparks of the time. More likely the Reuben was developed in the 1920s and only gained popularity nationwide in the 1930s. I may have to speak to Tom about this complete disregard of culinary history. On the other hand, I love Reubens, so yummy!

  • Hee Seop Chode

    Time off request was just approved – can’t wait to see you all there. To the haters in the house, chill on this one. If you can’t take any joy out of your recreational time realocate it.

    I for one will be enjoying a good number of prohibition cocktails.

  • DarthHater

    The real question is: could the lineup of Ernie Banks, Glenn Beckert, et al. beat the 2014 Cubs? :-D

  • Travis

    The ceremonial lineup? Old-timey songs and people dressed up? Cupcakes?!

    …I wish I could go so bad. A little weird that it will be played against one of the youngest franchises, but still will be a great atmosphere.

    If anyone is willing to sell their Feds jersey, let me know. Those alone might be the best part of the day.

  • http://becomehealthier.com drcub1908

    Jerseys look cool will grab one from eBay
    I hate sitting in the bleachers
    And we celebrate a stadium??
    Would rather celebrate a pennant
    But have a great time !

    • Jon

      Is that a haiku?

      I was thinking we should have a one day here where the rule is everyone must post everything in haiku’s.

  • DrReiCow

    Have we heard anything about if the jerseys will be available in multiple sizes?

    Moo.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I have not heard, but usually these kinds of giveaways are one-size-fits-all (whether you like it or not).

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