Photo courtesy of Gregg Kiesewetter
I began writing last night about how disappointing and heartbreaking that loss was yesterday to the Cubs. After a few minutes however, I stopped writing about that painful loss because it was just too depressing. Especially considering that the Blue Jays have played such great baseball of late, and certainly didn’t deserve to be swept like they were in Chicago.
Rather than dwell on what could have been had Toronto won yesterday, I’d rather talk about how wonderful it was to watch the Blue Jays at Wrigley Field and the graciousness of the hosts.
Hard to believe that prior to this series, the last time the Blue Jays played at Wrigley was twelve long years ago. Without a doubt, it’s one of the, if not the most incredible places to watch a ball game. Five years ago, me and my American League bias would have likely said Fenway Park was the neatest place to enjoy a game. But the more I see of Wrigley, the stronger I feel that it’s the best ball park in all of baseball.
It’s just a shame the Blue Jays don’t get to play there more often so that Blue Jay fans can enjoy the Wrigley experience more often. That being said, the Blue Jays not playing at Wrigley isn’t going to keep fans of this team from continuing to make trips to Chicago to visit what is becoming the must-see place in the baseball world. On top of the amazing baseball experience that comes with being at such a special ball park, fans of the Cubs are also extremely accommodating hosts.
For various reasons, whether it be a distance thing or just for the sake of going on a road trip, Blue Jay fans enjoy travelling and visiting ball parks other than Skydome. Sometimes the opposing fans are extremely kind to the visiting masses of harmless Blue Jay fans, and other times they take serious offense (cough cough Seattle). Of all the places that fans of the Blue Jays travel to in staggering numbers, by far the most gracious hosts have been those of the Wrigley faithful. Whether it be inviting Don Cherry to sing ‘Take me out to the ball game’, flying the Ontario flag at their ball park, heck, I even saw a photo of a Cubs fan giving a shot of booze to a Blue Jays fan from a beer bong.
This past weekend in Chicago was a pure celebration of baseball that was shared amongst two fan bases. It wasn’t about encroaching on another teams territory or disrespecting another clubs traditions. It was a celebration of the history of the game in one of the last remaining ball park gems of a bygone era. In the years to come, whether the Blue Jays are playing there or not, Wrigley Field will only continue to attract visitors from Canada and around the world in ever increasing numbers.