May 17, 2011 Comments Off on cubs game…um…
Oh, there’s nothing quite as beautiful as Wrigley Field in May. Unless, of course, it’s 42° and raining, with a 30-mile per hour wind out of the north.
I got tickets the day they went on sale for the Sunday Giants/Cubs matchup. We were huge Giants fans when we lived in San Francisco, they’re the world champions, and they’re a great team to watch. So this seemed like a no-brainer.
Except, of course, for the cold front. We rolled in to Chicago Saturday night, just in time to turn on that night’s game. Which. Looked. Awful. There were about 200 people left in the stands by the third inning, all of them in parkas and under golf umbrellas. The players looked like they’d gladly give up their multi-million dollar salaries for one of the cups of hot cocoa being delivered via scuba gear. It looked, in short, like a Giants game at Candlestick. “It’ll warm up,” I said. No one believed me.
And it didn’t. Sunday morning I swear it was snowing. And snowing straight across, not up and down. “We’re going,” I announced. “By God, we are going.” Everyone agreed. We decided to forgo batting practice, at least, and to get lunch downtown. We’ll go see the game, we decided, but we’re not spending one more minute outside than we have to.
And as it turned out, we didn’t have to. They called the game two hours before it was supposed to start. The Cubs sent me a nice e-mail saying it had been rescheduled for June, and keep warm. The odds that we’ll get Lincecum vs. Zambrano that day are zero, of course, but I’ll gladly take the weather.
Museum of Science and Industry instead. Renewed the membership. Total nerd. Here’s C messing with Bernoulli’s principle in the new (and COMPLETELY AWESOME) Storms exhibit. Not baseball, of course, but we were not-so-secretly glad to be inside. And MSI is a worthy alternative for damn near anything, even if we were there four weeks ago. Avalanche tables. Tsunami tanks. Tesla coils. Anatomical sections (which some of us like more than others).