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If I can pretend that the 9th inning of Wednesday’s game didn’t happen – and, in a year or so, when I remember the game fondly (in a head shaking, can-you-believe-it kind of way), I will mostly do just that – I really had a nice time at the Cubs’ 100th Anniversary/Birthday Party for Wrigley Field. The Cubs went all out with old-timey fun, and the area was packed with fans some three hours before the game. For a chilly Wednesday day game in April, that ain’t too shabby.

For those who weren’t able to follow along on social media, here are some pictures and nice things from the day.

The 500 feet may have been an exaggeration, but here’s the thing: that was just the first line I saw. It was easily the shortest one. Everyone wanted the cupcake (I did not get one) and the Chi-Feds jersey (pictured below, and pretty awesome).

There was a line to see the cake, and to get close like that for a picture. I completely jumped the line, but it was entirely unintentional – when I’m in “picture” mode, I’m kind of just walking quickly and snapping shots. I didn’t see there was a line until I’d already walked through a barrier and right up to the glass. Sorry! I’m very important!

Ernie Banks was introduced soon thereafter, and he drew the loudest cheer.

(at which point everyone on Twitter reminded me that the logo is there on warmup and BP balls all year, not just that day)

And a bunch of additional pictures from the day:

Sincerely, it was a well-done event – that’s why you don’t really hear anybody crapping on it (just the aftermath).

  • Fishin Phil

    Sorry I couldn’t get over to see you at Captain Morgan Club. We thought we got there plenty early, then saw the huge lines forming for the gate.

    Was definitely a great experience, even if the final outcome sucked.

    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

      Agreed, went into the Captain Morgan Club to try to find you Brett, but those lines at the gates were crazy! Luckily we were able to get in through the United Club entrance and barely had to wait in line at all. Sad part, they didn’t have any cupcakes at that entrance, o well.

      • Fishin Phil

        The cupcakes weren’t that great.

        • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

          That’s good to hear, I had the bread pudding pancakes from Southport Grocery that morning away so I don’t know if I could have even stomached a cupcake haha.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Sorry to have missed you guys – the issue was folks were lining up to go into the stadium through the CMC, so they could get their cupcake/jersey. The actual bar area was crowded, but doable. Couldn’t really see what was going on outside from inside.

        Hopefully next time gents (and, for the first time, Phil).

        • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

          Ya the whole area was a madhouse. I’ll keep an eye out for when you’re around next. My next game will probably be the Babe Ruth bobblehead doll, can’t pass on that giveaway!

  • GDiesel

    Brett, it was nice meeting you, even if it was just a two finger point and a smile. This loss really hurt. I still managed to have a good time.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I love two finger pointing and smiling.

    • NorthSideIrish

      You’re lucky…when I met Brett on Opening Day, I only got the one finger.

  • Myles P

    Great day had by all.

    • Jim

      Except when you abandoned us… :(

      • Myles P

        There’s always next year.

  • MightyBear

    In the throwback mode, here’s some video of 19 year old Greg Maddux pitching for the Peoria Chiefs in 1985. Great stuff. Looks like he’s 12. I don’t think he ever got that mound the way he wanted it. Enjoy.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/25/lets-watch-19-year-old-greg-maddux-pitch-and-ask-ourselves-weird-ethical-questions/?ocid=Yahoo&partner=ya5nbcs

  • The Uncouth Sloth

    Ha! I didn’t have to sit through the debacle of the ninth inning, and I still got my Chi-Feds jersey and 100 years bumper sticker (courtesy of my Boss, thank you)

  • Funn Dave

    From Cubs.com:

    Cubs catcher Welington Castillo also is on the All-Star ballot with outfielders Ryan Sweeney, Nate Schierholtz and Justin Ruggiano.

    My god, is that pathetic.

  • Critterbeard

    The balls do have the logo all year, but it is my understanding that only the balls used that day have the date stamped.

  • Spriggs

    From TV land, the game and day really did appear to be well done by the Cubs. Last inning aside, it looked like it would have been a lot of fun to be there.

  • Benjamin Button

    I was amazed when I got there at about 1100 and the line for the main gate had already stretched all the way to waveland and curved into the parking lot. By the time I got onto waveland the back of the line had almost reached the front. None the less, with the announced attendance of around 32K(and there being 30K jerseys).. a lot of people got in line really early for the jersey for no reason, or really love cupcakes. I still managed to get a cupcake, but gave it away to 2 young kids waiting for a score card.

  • http://pipitographer.tumblr.com nickpip

    I was there as well, and yes. the ending was epically bad. And it was pretty chilly. But it was festive for the majority nonetheless.

    Brett, if you’d like to use som eof my photos from teh game, feel free, they are on flickr:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nickpip/?deleted=14030023413

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