Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Denied!

I have a friend who is coming to town in two weeks. When I asked him if there was anything that he wanted to do while he was here, the only thing he said was that it might be cool to go to a Cubs game.

I looked at the schedule, and was pleased to discover that the Cubs are at home the entire time my friend is going to be here. But there was a catch. All of the games were weekend games (I include Friday afternoon as the weekend because if people can get tickets to those games they don't go to work) or night games. Thus, they were sold out.

How could all 5 of those games be sold out?

I understand that there is greater demand for weekend and night games because then people don't have to miss work. Weekend tickets sell out fast.

But it's April! There are giant fluctuations in weather in April in Chicago. It could be 80 degrees one day and 40 degrees the next. Usually, early in the season, you can spot people huddled under a blanket in Wrigley Field. And that's during the day! It's worse for night games! Do you know what's really funny? Seeing people at Wrigley who were thinking, "It's 70 degrees out, I'll wear shorts and a t-shirt to the Cubs game!" when they were at their suburban home at 3:00 in the afternoon. They clearly aren't taking into account the fact that it gets colder at night and that it's colder closer to the lake than it is way out in the Western Suburbs. Then they freeze. I'm mean, but I find it to be funny.

Because of that, Wrigley Field is often nigh-empty early in the season. Do you know what will make me angry? If we can't get into one of those games, and we watch on TV and see that no one is there, that they all stayed home because it was cold.

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