The home opener is a special day, regardless of the circumstances. Because Chicago is not the fairest-weather city in April, the Cubs frequently open on the road, which means we get that extra level of anticipation for a second opener. These Cubs come home 4-2, so the vibe about the season is already a good one.
But the circumstances of this home opener make it as special as any Wrigley Field has ever seen. That’s because Wrigley has never seen what it will today: a world champion Chicago Cubs team take its field. Opened in 1914 as Weeghman Park, the Cubs didn’t play there until 1916. And it was not known as Wrigley Field until 1927. Wherever you start the counter, the Cubs had seen their last title long before playing ball at Wrigley Field.
That changes today.
The Cubs will raise the 2016 World Series title banner in center field, and the team will take the field in their celebratory gold uniforms, and Wrigley Field will be home, for the first time, to a champion.