There's an El near where I'm staying, and it lets you off a block from Wrigley Field -- remarkably convenient. But rather than going to the ballyard first, I turned the other direction and walked two blocks to Police Station #19. That's where one of the three fiberglass Horses of Honor that my cousin Diana Leviton Gondek was commissioned by the City of Chicago to design, in memory of fallen policemen. Another is in Mayor Emmanuel's office in City Hall and I believe the third is in the 44th Ward.
Which brings us to the ball game. Needless-to-say, the weather was far superior than the day before. But that's not difficult when the day before it was in the upper-30s with possible thunderstorms and possible snow, Today, it was sunny and clear. But it was still pretty cold. People were bundled up, with winter hoods, gloves and scarves. The family sitting in front of me left in the sixth inning.
But it was still a good enough day for a game.
Cold as it was -- probably in the lower-40s -- a Cubs win (and against the hated rivals, the Cardinals) made the day all the warmer. They took an 8-1 lead and held it for most of the game. Then they had a meltdown in the seventh inning and gave up four runs, but held on to win 8-5.