I've had three people email me and ask me to post Cubs opening day pictures, so here are some of them. I will be creating a Picasa account soon so I can upload all my pictures there and attach a link for you to view them all. There are many more opening day pictures (as well as many other travel photos) for you to see when I get around to uploading them all. Be patient...life is coming at me fast these days, and it's just not my top priority right now. I will get it done, though, I promise.
Mike and I had a lot of fun. We boarded the Red Line train at Grand and took it to Addison (where Wrigley Field is). There were hoards of people everywhere. Some were shopping, some were already drinking at the Wrigleyville bars and some were just walking around and soaking in the whole opening day experience. The two lines to get into the bleachers were insane. I had no idea that there was a different entrance for the bleacher bums than everybody else. Lucikly, we had awesome seats above the Cubs dugout, so we got right in without having to wait in a long line. Mike drank Old Style (I had a few sips myself...all for the sake of staying warm, of course), I had a pretzel and we both ate a Chicago dog. I can't even tell you the last time I ate a hot dog...probably when I was 5. A Chicago dog is greasy and served with grilled onions on a poppy seed bun. I threw on some relish, mustard, ketchup and more chopped onions to forget about the fact that I was actually eating a hot dog. Oh, the shame I have for admitting it was delicious!!!
It was cold and it even flurried for about 20 minutes as the game progressed, but the beer and hot chocolate was flowing, so everybody seemed okay with it all.
Sadly, the Cubs lost to the Astros 5-3. I have a bad feeling it's going to be another long miserable year for us Cubs fans. I haven't given up my optimism yet, though. That should happen in about another month or two.
I hope to go back to opening day again. Hopefully the Cubs will win next time and the weather will be just a tad bit warmer, though.
Pictures below: That's Mike (my brother) standing next to the Harry Caray statue and that's Devin Hester from the Chicago Bears throwing out the first pitch and singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch.