If your team had a record of 33-52 in the first half of the season, it’s likely that you might not want to put yourself through the torture that is attending a game. Why witness your team suffer loss after embarrassing loss, when you could kick back and bear the brunt of the shame in the comfort and safety of your own home?
This might be the mindset of the average baseball fans, but most Cubs fans cannot be lumped into that generalization. Cubs fans are some of the most loyal fans in all of sports, and I don’t even have to mention the 100-year-plus championship drought. However, some Cubs fans are jaded, and who can blame them after the season we’ve had so far? For their sake, and anyone else’s, I’ve created a Top 10 list of reasons why fans should support their Cubs at Wrigley.
Cheap seats. Cubs fans should enjoy these prices while they can, because you can bet that when the Cubs are poised to make a playoff run, which we all expect that they will, prices will skyrocket. And you may not believe it’s 2012 when you see these prices. Tickets can start from as low as $4 for some games, particularly this last game of the season against the Astros on GoldCoastTickets.com. So take advantage of it while you can, because in a few years, it may cost you a small fortune to get to a Cubs game.
Early bird special. People always complain about how expensive it is to attend sporting events, and a lot of that money goes toward food and drinks. Looking for a $7 hot dog and a $5 bottle of water in Chicago? I can easily point you in the right direction. Luckily for Cubs fans though, for the first hour after the gates open, all food and non-alcoholic drinks are 25% off. So use that first hour to stuff your face and stock up for the rest of the game before prices return to normal (normal is a relative term here).
Free stuff. Another perk of arriving early to games is the chance to get the free giveaways. Aside from the mundane hat, t-shirt and foam finger, in the upcoming months fans have a chance to snag items such as a Ron Santo Hall of Fame plaque, an iPhone skin and a Starlin Castro bobble head. For a full list of promotions, click here. Some of these giveaways might seem lame, but think of it as a little gift you get for coming to support one of the worst teams in baseball (your team, nonetheless). Doesn’t seem so bad anymore, does it?
You’re at one of the oldest, most historic ballparks in the world. Anyone who has ever been to Wrigley Field knows that the atmosphere is contagious. You may have to look past the disgusting bathrooms and cramped seats to find that atmosphere, but it’s there.
Anthony Rizzo. Cubs fans got a taste of the future in late June with the call-up of the future (and current) Cubs star. Rizzo’s arrival was a bit of a rejuvenation for the team, with Rizzo batting .354 with four home runs and nine RBI. It’s refreshing to watch Rizzo, as it’s obvious that he has real talent (something we don’t see often in this ballpark), and it’s even okay to fantasize about Rizzo leading the Cubs to a World Series in a couple years.
The (likely) possibility that you will see a celebrity ruthlessly butcher “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Imagine your favorite celebrity in a Cubs jersey (nice, right?). Now imagine them singing, and it’s likely a recipe for disaster. While not everyone who takes a swing at it fails miserably, many do, and I probably don’t have to remind you of these fiascos, but I’m going to anyways.
You can’t get more Chicago than eating a Chicago dog and sipping an Old Style at a Cubs game. Who cares if the Cubs stink? Kick back and enjoy some food and drinks (especially at the early bird discounted price!) on a nice summer day. Throw a lemon ice or a chocolate malt cup in there, and you’re set.
Ronnie Woo Woo. Ronnie has become a Chicago staple for his enthusiasm and dedication to the Cubs. He can usually be found at games shouting, “Woo woo!” (the name speaks for itself). Sometimes he throws some player names in there, just for fun. But seriously, this guy is the epitome of a great Cubs fan. He’s been ‘wooing’ since the late 1950s, was at one time homeless and washes windows around Wrigley to make a living. He has become such a beloved local celebrity that in 2002, two Wrigleyville bar owners held a fundraiser to buy him new dentures. Needless to say, Ronnie is part of Wrigley Field tradition and adds to the atmosphere at games.
Recent park updates. Sure, Wrigley is old (understatement), but the Ricketts want to update it as much as possible. There have been some bathroom renovations (thank goodness) and there’s the new Budweiser patio. Also in right field is the new LED board, which is the closest thing Wrigley has to a jumbotron and provides some useful stat information.
You can say you were there through it all, and not be lying. When the Cubs get through this tough transition and start winning again, Wrigley Field will be a very different place (mostly because there will be less empty seats, and more cheering). And when that happens, you sure don’t want to be one of those fair-weather fans. So go to the games now, and reap the true-blue-Cubs-fan rewards later.
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