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Cubs and Sox, back to back

Sunday night went to the Cubs game with four buddies.  Monday night went with Lisa and her girlfriends.  Similar experiences and at the same time very different experiences.  Guys at Wrigley is about drinking and carrying on and taling about baseball and watching the game and joking around and betting.  It’s in a very

Wrigley Field August 2008

Wrigley Field August 2008

old stadium, 1908 I believe?  In the middle of a neighborhood.  Rules on going in are very laid-back, you can bring drinks, kids, backpacks, whatever.  Beer guys, food vendors walk around all night.  Super fun, an experience in Chicago for sure.  At least once a summer if not more.  Then there are bars all over around the stadium so we migrated to one afterwards, the Nisei I think?  Next to the Dark Horse.  My friend Art ordered 4 gin rikkis which are basically glasses of gin and we played darts, very competitively, then I made my exit, taking it easy on the sauce as I had to work Monday.  Cabbed home.

Now the White Sox/Red Sox game was a bit different.  Still take the red line, took it right after work, but you take it south.  Get off, walk across the street and into the stadium.  No bars or restaurants or really neighborhood that I could tell surround the stadium.  It’s new, nice, giant megatron TV screen in the

From the bleachers at US Cellular

From the bleachers at US Cellular

outfield, huge billboards, flashing lights and fireworks going off.  Much more of a spectacle and entertainment, much more of a show and also a baseball game.  Still very fun but a completely different experience.  The girls I went with were all from Massachusetts and talked about people, relationships, etc all night, which is still

The girls I was with

The girls I was with

fun, but as I said a different experience entirely.  Though very much the same in many ways.

Great times in Chicago, back to back ball games at different stadiums, something not too many cities offer so easily as Chicago does.

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