Today was "Go to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field Day." I always judge a visit to Wrigley as a success by one of two criteria. The first is if the Cubs win. They didn't, they lost 5-3 against Colorado, but it was a fun game, down to the Cubs having the bases loaded in the ninth inning. The second criteria is if I don't splash mustard on my pants and shirt. I didn't -- so at least in part it was a successful day!
The thing that I especially love about Wrigley Field is not the grace and Old World charm of the architecture, which I do love, but it's location. In most of the world, cities build their stadium in some out of the way location where they can clear a lot of land, not just for the structure but also for parking. But Wrigley Field is in the middle of a residential, tree-lined neighborhood of brownstones. You're wandering along the sidewalk, turn a corner and then suddenly this ballpark sprouts up in front of you..
This is behind the ballpark, and that ahead is Sheffield Avenue, which borders the park behind right field. Heading off to tiyr right would be Waveland Avenue behind the left field bleachers. Up in the right corner you can just barely see the edge of famous manual scoreboard.
However, going to the ballgame wasn't the only treat of the visit to Wrigley -- or even the best. The other day, I wrote here about my cousin Diana Leviton Gondek and how she had been commissioned to do a painting for the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. And I mentioned she had recently be commissioned by the City of Chicago to make another Honor Horse sculpture as a tribute to fallen policeman, her third. They had a ceremony for it at the 19th Precinct.
Well, it turns out that the 19th Precinct is at 850 Addison -- and Wrigley Field is 1060 Addison! So, I took the L in early -- it stops a block from the ballpark -- and walked a couple blocks to the precinct station. I proudly introduced myself as "cousin of the artist," and they were all gracious, and told me to make sure to tell my cousin how much they love the sculpture.
As I told Diana, I would bring a painting of oats for it. It was most appreciative.
The elves taking care of the homestead were very disappointed they couldn't be there, too, because they wanted to take a ride on the horsey...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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