My fellow Bleacher Bums at Wrigley Field, Chicago (photo by Sheila Scarborough)You know, I’d have written this earlier today but, well, there were the after effects of all that beer….

And the sunburn makes me tired….

What was the final score of the game?  I forget.

I was a Wrigley Field Bleacher Bum at a Cubs game in Chicago (thanks to my friends Pat and Ben from Matterhorn Marketing, who sprung for my ticket while we’re here for SOBCon.  Hey, it’s usually $25 whole dollars to be a Bum!)

The deal with bleacher tickets is that you don’t have assigned seating, it’s first-come-first-served, and you may not get a seat at all, but you DO get to hang out with rabid Chicago Cubs fans and enjoy the historic baseball atmosphere at an affordable price.

Wrigley was built in 1914; the only major league stadium that’s older is Boston’s Fenway.

History is fine, but I had even more fun watching the enthusiastic fans, the interaction with players in the outfield, the abuse of anyone throwing beer onto the field and of course the home runs.  When a home run ball goes out of the stadium into the street, the Bums all holler “Throw it back!” in unison and, wow, today someone really did throw it back onto the field (they’re rewarded with loud cheers.)

If you would like to know more about baseball traditions you might want to check out an informative baseball blog.

For those who (unlike me) actually pay attention to the score, all game stats are kept on the original scoreboard and some are updated by hand.

If you’re ever in Chicago, don’t miss enjoying an afternoon at Wrigley.

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