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Wrigley Field’s Lesson: Charm Without Substance



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I was really excited to visit Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Spending most of my baseball dollars at the shrine we call Fenway Park, I expected similar, nostalgic feel of an old park coupled with a "major league" game experience.

I was wrong.

Wrigley felt more like an extra-big minor league ballpark, badly in need of a coat of paint and updated amenities (one word, gentlemen: "trough").

As one of America’s oldest ballparks, Wrigley Field carries an aura of charm across the nation. Inside the ballpark, the scent of stale Old Style beer wafts.

You can never really know something until you have first-hand experience with it. Leaps of faith aren’t enough.

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2 Responses to Wrigley Field’s Lesson: Charm Without Substance

  1. Mark Goren says:

    Hey, Doug:

    Just to play devil’s advocate here for a second, I wonder how many people felt the same way about Fenway before the new ownership came in. Though I haven’t seen a game at either park, I’ve walked around both and, as a baseball fan with a strong sense of the sport’s history, I got the same goosebumps in both cities. (Even with my anti-Red Sox feelings.)

    That said, I know quite a few people who felt the same way about Fenway their first time inside too. Maybe the two championships, extra seats and fresh paint have affected your memory!

  2. Doug Haslam says:

    Fenway had almost exactly the same problem, especially in the 70s, but it is fair to say the new ownership did even more to make the park Amenable.

    It is quite possible a new Cubs ownership would do the same for Wrigley.

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