4/21/09 at Wrigley Field

Freezing, rainy, night game in April without batting practice? Not exactly ideal, but hey, this was my first trip to Wrigley Field in 11 years, and I was thrilled to be here:

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My goal for the day was pretty simple: I wanted to snag at least four baseballs. You know how I’m doing the whole charity thing and getting people to pledge money for every ball? Well, at the start of the day, the total amount that I’d raised so far this season was $949.46. I had 84 pledges (ranging from one penny to one dollar) that added up $16.37 per ball. Basically, I calculated that I needed four more balls to pass the $1,000 mark; three balls would’ve left me a little more than a dollar short.

I had about two hours to kill before the ballpark was going to open–it really IS a “ballpark” as opposed to a “stadium”–so I walked all the way around it and took a ton of photos. This is what it looked like as my journey began:

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It was great to be here after having checked out the new Yankee Stadium three days earlier. Talk about a contrast! The new stadium is the pinnacle of luxury, corporate greed, and architectural wizardry. Wrigley Field, on the other hand, is old and dumpy and simple–and therefore even more beautiful.

Here’s the players’ parking lot:

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Here’s a look down Waveland Avenue…

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…and this is the view from baseball’s most famous intersection:

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When I reached the bleacher entrance in center field, I backed up just enough to be able to get a shot with both foul poles (which you can see through the trees):

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This is what it looks like on Sheffield Avenue, which runs behind the right field bleachers:

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See the gate below the foul pole?

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It provides a peek into the stadium:

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So nice! (The grounds crew was readjusting the tarp. I got excited for a second when I first looked in and saw infield dirt.) AT&T Park has a similar feature. (This might surprise you, but the new Yankee Stadium does NOT provide a free glimpse onto the field.)

Here’s the outside of Wrigley near the right field corner:

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It was painfully cold. I saw my breath all day. The temperature was in the low 40s and felt like the 20s. My face got so cold at one point that I was slurring my words. (Has this ever happened to anyone?) So…I stopped talking.

This was the view as I headed toward the home plate entrance:

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Just a little further…

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…until I’d made it full circle:

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I still had an hour to kill. The rain picked up. Thankfully there was an overhang at the gate. People were talking about how the game might get canceled.

All of a sudden, I heard a familiar voice from behind. It was Nick Yohanek, aka The Happy Youngster:

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I had NO idea he was gonna be there, and in fact he didn’t have any idea either until the last second when his (very understanding) wife told him she didn’t mind if he made the trip from Milwaukee. That’s where he’s from. It’s only about an hour and a half from Chicago.

I’d met Nick for the very first time two weeks earlier in Toronto. Super cool guy. It was good to see him again, but of course it meant we’d have to make an effort to stay out of each other’s way.

Look how big the crowd was as the gates were going up:

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I think the large crowd might’ve had something to do with the limited giveaway: a Carlos Zambrano “no-hitter statue.” (THAT’S really why I went to this game.)

This was my view as I ran inside:

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As you can see in the distance in the photo above, there were a couple Cubs playing catch in shallow left field. I didn’t end up getting the ball from them, but I’m glad to say that someone who reads this blog did. The ball went to a guy named Adam (aka “cubs0110″) who had emailed me some Wrigley tips in the days leading up to this trip, so it was well-deserved.

Nick made his way to the right field side as a few Reds took the field. I decided to hold my ground for another minute or two, and as a result I ended up getting a ball in an incredibly random and unexpected way. Someone on the Reds, for some unknown reason, skimmed a ball across the field/tarp right in my direction. Luckily I saw it coming once it got halfway to me, so I lunged over the wall in the front row and scooped it up. The ball was absolutely soaked. The arrow in the following photo shows the direction that it had been rolled:

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Is that weird or what?

I figured I wasn’t going to get any luckier than that on the left field side, so I headed back toward the seats behind the plate and walked out to the right field foul line. I stopped along the way to take a photo of the beautiful cross aisle (and the random row of seats right in the middle):

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I got two balls tossed to me within the next 15 minutes. The first came from Nick Masset, and the second was from from Bronson Arroyo. Nothing fancy about it. There weren’t too many other Reds fans so it was easy. This left me one ball short of my goal.

Time out for a second…

Do you remember the Watch With Zack game I did on 9/24/07 at Shea Stadium? My clients that day were a couple of ladies from Chicago named Kelly and Jen. Kelly (the bigger baseball fan of the two) and I have kept in touch ever since, and we’ve become friendly enough that I’m now sitting in her living room as I type this. She gave me a ticket to this game at Wrigley in exchange for my Zambrano statue. You can see her and Nick in the following photo.

Time in…

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Here I am with Kelly:

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It was only 6pm. There was an hour ’til game time, and there wasn’t any action on the field, so I explored the street level concourse. THIS, my friends, is what a real ballpark looks like:

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Gotta love the cute little concession stand with a support beam in the middle:

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There were two ways to get to the field level seats:

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Very interesting stadium design. Fenway Park (which is just a few years older than Wrigley) is similar. We’ll never ever see anything like this built again.

There was a band playing in the concourse as people passed by:

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Despite the loathsome weather, the atmosphere was festive and jolly. I loved the imperfections in the design and condition of Wrigley Field. Check out the dents and pipes and ducts and chipped paint in the photo below:

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The path to the upper deck was interesting as well. This was the first ramp, and I actually had to show my upper deck ticket to go up it:

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I turned right at the top of the ramp and found myself in a web of metal beams above the seats:

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RFK Stadium (I only went there once on 7/5/05) was similar, and again, you’ll never see anything like this.

Two more ramps…

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…and then a final push to the top:

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Chain-link fences are not pretty, but they make you feel like you’re in a ballpark as opposed to a mall.

The upper deck has a great cross aisle…

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…but unfortunately there weren’t any foul balls that landed there. The balls either went to the first few rows of the upper deck or flew onto the roof.

I sat with Kelly and Adam for a bit, then sat on my own, then snuck down to the field level (where I came five feet from a foul ball), and finally made my way down to the Cubs’ dugout in the top of the ninth:

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It wasn’t hard to get down there. There are ushers at every staircase, and they try to be strict and keep people out, but they’re old and slow and unprepared for brazen New Yorkers. I have nothing against old people. I plan to live until I’m at least 105, and I’ll be snagging baseballs and demanding respect right up until the end. I’m just sayin’…there are lots of employees trying to enforce lots of rules, but it’s all pretty haphazard.

I won’t tell you how many balls Nick ended up with, or where he ended up sitting during the game. You’ll have to read his blog to find out, but I will say that he totally beat the system.

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As for me? I got home plate umpire Randy Marsh to toss me a ball on his way in–my fourth ball of the day–and it was rubbed up beautifully.

Final score: Cubs 7, Reds 2.

SNAGGING STATS:

• 4 balls at this game

• 62 balls in 8 games this season = 7.75 balls per game.

• 577 consecutive games with at least one ball

• 147 consecutive games outside of New York with at least one ball

• 3,882 total balls

CHARITY STATS:

• 85 donors (click here and scroll down for the complete list)

• $16.62 pledged per ball

• $66.48 raised at this game

• $1,030.44 raised this season for Pitch In For Baseball

At tonight’s Cubs game, I’ll be sitting in a “bleacher box” seat in fair territory near the right field foul pole. I might wander to left field when righties come to bat, but definitely look for me if/when a lefty yanks one down the line.

52 Comments

I think you’ll have a much better time tonight.

There should be batting practice, no giveaway to draw crowds (but no bad weather to deter them) You’ll almost have your own private section there in right field. Most of those people haven’t touched a mitt in years. I hope Hoffpauir can launch another one, or Fontenot can show off his “sneaky power” as Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper calls it.

Congrats on breaking the $1,000 mark!

Wrigley Field is what baseball is all about. Not who has the fanciest, most expensive stadium, with walls of signed baseballs and restaurants at every corner. Great pictures, and you must have been happy nailing your goal on the head. Sucks that BP got rained out, but getting to that $1000 mark must have been exciting in its own right. Looking foward to hearing about the rest of your trip. Also, thats nice that you guys built up such a nice friendship from more than a thousand miles away.

-Jon
http://nycautographcollector.mlblogs.com/

seams there are alot of queriky places at wrigley field but that is what make the older ball parks so special. to bad it rained though. dude you should have got some shots of the seats on top of the roof tops across the street from the bleachers.

Dude, Kelly is a SAINT! You owe her big! No BP & you still got 3 balls?! Amazing. Wrigley is one of a dying breed, unfortunately. Rangers ballpark opened in ’94 & it’s getting a little outdated (although they did make some improvements this off-season). Keep up the awesome work my friend! Brian

Wrigley is such a great ballpark. I made my first trip there last September, but only got to take the tour. I still have yet to see a game there.
The numbers geek in me was a bit perplexed at first glance at your numbers. At first I thought that three balls would have put you at $1,013 and change, then I noticed that between then and now you got another quarter pledged to the per ball amount. Sometimes I hate seeing the world in numbers.

Donny in Houston
http://lonestar.mlblogs.com

Zack,
Good job on a rainy day. I just battled the rain in Pittsburgh the last 2 days too. I had a double header planned for today, 12:35 game in Pittsburgh, 7:05 game in Cleveland, but scrapped it due to the weather.

Erik
http://countingbaseballs.mlblogs.com

Hey Zack, love the entry
I’ve only been to Wrigley twice and hardly remember the details of my visits. Your pictures helped refresh those memories of that great ballpark. My whole family is made up of die-hard Cub fans, one of those traditions that was passed down to me. I wish I would’ve been able to get there more times, but when we packed up and moved here to AZ I was only a little kid.
We get a slate of Cubs games on WGN so I try to watch as much as possible and I was pretty sure I saw you after the game above the dugout. Congrats on your milestone of $1,000. Hopefully you get to listen to “Go Cubs Go” after every Wrigley game and Good luck!

It’s weird that you posted this entry on 4/22. This same day last year, both New York teams were in Chicago. Our flight landed at 10:20 CT, so we hurried to our downtown hotel and took the Red Line to Wrigley for the Mets/Cubs and then headed straight to U.S. Cellular for the Yankees/White Sox. Great day of baseball!

Hey Zack…nice entry and I am glad that you got the 4 at Wrigley…a $1,000 for charity is a great start on the year! I have had the pleasure of attending 2 games at Wrigley…both were during extreme weather conditions – the first, was the Cubbies home opener in 2004. Maddux was back and got smacked around in very fridgid temps..the second was an August 2006 affair against the Cards and temps reached 101 in the stadium! Love every minute of both game though. Have fun! chris

Hey Zack. I may be going to Citi this weekend. Could you tell me where to go for BP Home Runs, Glove Trick balls, and how do you sneak past the guards on field level? I’ll need to be in Left Field. And what is with the elevated row? Any extra guard there? And as I remember it, Wrigley had the strickest ushers ever. But U.S. Cellular is MUCH easier.
http://riveravenue.mlblogs.com
Alex

Zack, I have a ball question for you. I was talking with someone today, and we got on the topic of 70s and 80s baseball. He said that some time ago, I’m not sure when, a team (and MLB club, I think it was the A’s) used orange baseballs for night games so the players could see the ball better. I was curious if you’ve ever heard of these baseballs, and if so, if you’ve ever got a hold of one or even seen it.

Enjoy the game. I will be there also. Weather is supposed to be nicer. Upper 80′s on friday!

http://baseballintheattic.mlblogs.com/

Enjoy the game. I will be there also. Weather is supposed to be nicer. Upper 80′s on friday!

http://baseballintheattic.mlblogs.com/

Congratz on $1000. I’m going to attend a game at angel stadium vs the dodgers. Could u give me some tips.

P.S. My seats are in left field

Nice day at Wrigley, Zack, snagging wise at least. The weather might have sucked yesterday, but by now you have already found out that there was no sign of rain for today’s game. Pretty cool of Happy driving from Milwaukee to go to the game as well. My speech has never slurred in the cold because of being too cold, but I sometimes can’t talk because it’s so hard to open my mouth when it’s really cold outside. I can’t think of a different time of that occurring. Good luck during the in-game activity.

- Donnie
http://donnieanks.mlblogs.com/

Beautiful…those ramps and chain-link fences bring back fond memories of the Astrodome, which also had them…nice job!

Zack,
I can’t believe Chicago had temperatures in the 40s. We had 100 degrees here in Austin, TX.

This a good entry!!! Remember the advice I gave you you try it out somehow!!! Cause I think the results would come out better

Zack,
good job on reaching $1000 mark!
we had quite different temperatures out here in the san fran bay area
i agree with you on wrigley field, i think all ballparks should be built that way

good luck in Chicago!

Zack,
I am going to be going to Citi Field on Friday. I am hoping to get there once the gates open for batting practice. Do you have any tips for getting balls at Citi? By the way, I setup my glove just like your glove trick and it works great. :). If you could give me a few tips, that would be great. Thank you.

Great pictures, as always! Congrats on $1000 this season… and we’re still in April! Tonight I was at the Angels/Tigers game and snagged two of those International League balls… they DO feel different. I’d never gotten one before so I was kind of excited. They feel waxier and lighter than Official baseballs, right?
~Matt
http://bloggingboutbaseball.mlblogs.com/

EVERYONE-
My internet was down last night. Now I have to leave ASAP for Wrigley. Day game today. Thanks for all the comments. I just read ‘em all, but I have no time to answer them. I’ll try to answer them later, or at least the ones with questions. If you’re asking me for tips on a certain stadium, the best thing I can tell you is to read my entries about that stadium. It’ll give you a great idea of where to go and what to do. Last night was fun. I’d never been in the bleachers before at Wrigley, and I took a bunch of pics. Hopefully I’ll get the entry up before I go to bed tonight. White Sox game tomorrow and Saturday. This schedule is insane. More later…

Great Entry Zack, I can’t wait to read more entries about Wrigley, and can’t wait until my trip there in aug/sept. Congrats on reaching the $1k mark, keep up the good work!

…If for some odd reason you get this in time and have some time to kill, and end up behind home plate in the dugout boxes (I know lots of variables)…can you take a picture from the seats in section DBOX 26 row B Seats 105-106? Those are my seats for the astros/Cubs game in sept… and I’m wondering if the net is in front of me or not….I know this probably isn’t going to get to you in time, so if anyone else reads this, and has an answer…let me know!

Stephen@sonterraenergy.com
http://roadtrip.mlblogs.com/

Great Entry Zack, I can’t wait to read more entries about Wrigley, and can’t wait until my trip there in aug/sept. Congrats on reaching the $1k mark, keep up the good work!

…If for some odd reason you get this in time and have some time to kill, and end up behind home plate in the dugout boxes (I know lots of variables)…can you take a picture from the seats in section DBOX 26 row B Seats 105-106? Those are my seats for the astros/Cubs game in sept… and I’m wondering if the net is in front of me or not….I know this probably isn’t going to get to you in time, so if anyone else reads this, and has an answer…let me know!

Stephen@sonterraenergy.com
http://roadtrip.mlblogs.com/

Great Entry Zack, I can’t wait to read more entries about Wrigley, and can’t wait until my trip there in aug/sept. Congrats on reaching the $1k mark, keep up the good work!

…If for some odd reason you get this in time and have some time to kill, and end up behind home plate in the dugout boxes (I know lots of variables)…can you take a picture from the seats in section DBOX 26 row B Seats 105-106? Those are my seats for the astros/Cubs game in sept… and I’m wondering if the net is in front of me or not….I know this probably isn’t going to get to you in time, so if anyone else reads this, and has an answer…let me know!

Stephen@sonterraenergy.com
http://roadtrip.mlblogs.com/

Great Entry Zack, I can’t wait to read more entries about Wrigley, and can’t wait until my trip there in aug/sept. Congrats on reaching the $1k mark, keep up the good work!

…If for some odd reason you get this in time and have some time to kill, and end up behind home plate in the dugout boxes (I know lots of variables)…can you take a picture from the seats in section DBOX 26 row B Seats 105-106? Those are my seats for the astros/Cubs game in sept… and I’m wondering if the net is in front of me or not….I know this probably isn’t going to get to you in time, so if anyone else reads this, and has an answer…let me know!

Stephen@sonterraenergy.com
http://roadtrip.mlblogs.com/

Great Entry Zack, I can’t wait to read more entries about Wrigley, and can’t wait until my trip there in aug/sept. Congrats on reaching the $1k mark, keep up the good work!

…If for some odd reason you get this in time and have some time to kill, and end up behind home plate in the dugout boxes (I know lots of variables)…can you take a picture from the seats in section DBOX 26 row B Seats 105-106? Those are my seats for the astros/Cubs game in sept… and I’m wondering if the net is in front of me or not….I know this probably isn’t going to get to you in time, so if anyone else reads this, and has an answer…let me know!

Stephen@sonterraenergy.com
http://roadtrip.mlblogs.com/

Great Entry Zack, I can’t wait to read more entries about Wrigley, and can’t wait until my trip there in aug/sept. Congrats on reaching the $1k mark, keep up the good work!

…If for some odd reason you get this in time and have some time to kill, and end up behind home plate in the dugout boxes (I know lots of variables)…can you take a picture from the seats in section DBOX 26 row B Seats 105-106? Those are my seats for the astros/Cubs game in sept… and I’m wondering if the net is in front of me or not….I know this probably isn’t going to get to you in time, so if anyone else reads this, and has an answer…let me know!

Stephen@sonterraenergy.com
http://roadtrip.mlblogs.com/

Great Entry Zack, I can’t wait to read more entries about Wrigley, and can’t wait until my trip there in aug/sept. Congrats on reaching the $1k mark, keep up the good work!

…If for some odd reason you get this in time and have some time to kill, and end up behind home plate in the dugout boxes (I know lots of variables)…can you take a picture from the seats in section DBOX 26 row B Seats 105-106? Those are my seats for the astros/Cubs game in sept… and I’m wondering if the net is in front of me or not….I know this probably isn’t going to get to you in time, so if anyone else reads this, and has an answer…let me know!

Stephen@sonterraenergy.com
http://roadtrip.mlblogs.com/

Great Entry Zack, I can’t wait to read more entries about Wrigley, and can’t wait until my trip there in aug/sept. Congrats on reaching the $1k mark, keep up the good work!

…If for some odd reason you get this in time and have some time to kill, and end up behind home plate in the dugout boxes (I know lots of variables)…can you take a picture from the seats in section DBOX 26 row B Seats 105-106? Those are my seats for the astros/Cubs game in sept… and I’m wondering if the net is in front of me or not….I know this probably isn’t going to get to you in time, so if anyone else reads this, and has an answer…let me know!

Stephen@sonterraenergy.com
http://roadtrip.mlblogs.com/

stephen, check this out

http://www.seatdata.com/images/mlb_cubs/800×600/26.jpg

it’s from the regular section 26, so I assume the dbox will be the ones literally right next to the dugout. If I had to guess, I would guess that there would not be a screen.

Zack Hample: 108 Stitches of Glory (a parody to THE BASEBALL: 108 Stitches of Glory — get it? ..ha-ha?) It just seems like all you do is baseball. Everyday of your life is baseball and I think the people that aren’t giving you enough credit for what you spend your time and life doing, should just really take a look and follow you for a month or two during the season. It seems pretty hectic man, that’s all I’m sayin’…Good luck today my dood!

- Donnie
http://donnieanks.mlblogs.com/

Cubs0110- Thanks…I’ve looked at several seat data pictures, but all the pictures are from before the Dugout Box seats were in place. Wrigley is different due to the fact that there are no section numbers, just aisle numbers…bc of this I can’t figure out how far seats 105-106 are from the dugout….there is an aisle 4 seats from the dugout and I’m not sure if that is aisle 25 or 26 and can’t seem to find out anything from the internet…if that is aisle 26 then my seats are to the left of that aisle and behind the screen based off the photos I’ve found. If that is aisle 25 then my seats shouldn’t be blocked from the net. Just looking for a more concrete answer then looking at photos not knowing which aisle that is. Can anyone familiar with wrigley or the more importantly the dugout boxes paint a clearer picture? I really appreciate any help anyone can provide!

Cubs0110- Thanks…I’ve looked at several seat data pictures, but all the pictures are from before the Dugout Box seats were in place. Wrigley is different due to the fact that there are no section numbers, just aisle numbers…bc of this I can’t figure out how far seats 105-106 are from the dugout….there is an aisle 4 seats from the dugout and I’m not sure if that is aisle 25 or 26 and can’t seem to find out anything from the internet…if that is aisle 26 then my seats are to the left of that aisle and behind the screen based off the photos I’ve found. If that is aisle 25 then my seats shouldn’t be blocked from the net. Just looking for a more concrete answer then looking at photos not knowing which aisle that is. Can anyone familiar with wrigley or the more importantly the dugout boxes paint a clearer picture? I really appreciate any help anyone can provide!

Cubs0110- Thanks…I’ve looked at several seat data pictures, but all the pictures are from before the Dugout Box seats were in place. Wrigley is different due to the fact that there are no section numbers, just aisle numbers…bc of this I can’t figure out how far seats 105-106 are from the dugout….there is an aisle 4 seats from the dugout and I’m not sure if that is aisle 25 or 26 and can’t seem to find out anything from the internet…if that is aisle 26 then my seats are to the left of that aisle and behind the screen based off the photos I’ve found. If that is aisle 25 then my seats shouldn’t be blocked from the net. Just looking for a more concrete answer then looking at photos not knowing which aisle that is. Can anyone familiar with wrigley or the more importantly the dugout boxes paint a clearer picture? I really appreciate any help anyone can provide!

Cubs0110- Thanks…I’ve looked at several seat data pictures, but all the pictures are from before the Dugout Box seats were in place. Wrigley is different due to the fact that there are no section numbers, just aisle numbers…bc of this I can’t figure out how far seats 105-106 are from the dugout….there is an aisle 4 seats from the dugout and I’m not sure if that is aisle 25 or 26 and can’t seem to find out anything from the internet…if that is aisle 26 then my seats are to the left of that aisle and behind the screen based off the photos I’ve found. If that is aisle 25 then my seats shouldn’t be blocked from the net. Just looking for a more concrete answer then looking at photos not knowing which aisle that is. Can anyone familiar with wrigley or the more importantly the dugout boxes paint a clearer picture? I really appreciate any help anyone can provide!

Cubs0110- Thanks…I’ve looked at several seat data pictures, but all the pictures are from before the Dugout Box seats were in place. Wrigley is different due to the fact that there are no section numbers, just aisle numbers…bc of this I can’t figure out how far seats 105-106 are from the dugout….there is an aisle 4 seats from the dugout and I’m not sure if that is aisle 25 or 26 and can’t seem to find out anything from the internet…if that is aisle 26 then my seats are to the left of that aisle and behind the screen based off the photos I’ve found. If that is aisle 25 then my seats shouldn’t be blocked from the net. Just looking for a more concrete answer then looking at photos not knowing which aisle that is. Can anyone familiar with wrigley or the more importantly the dugout boxes paint a clearer picture? I really appreciate any help anyone can provide!

Cubs0110- Thanks…I’ve looked at several seat data pictures, but all the pictures are from before the Dugout Box seats were in place. Wrigley is different due to the fact that there are no section numbers, just aisle numbers…bc of this I can’t figure out how far seats 105-106 are from the dugout….there is an aisle 4 seats from the dugout and I’m not sure if that is aisle 25 or 26 and can’t seem to find out anything from the internet…if that is aisle 26 then my seats are to the left of that aisle and behind the screen based off the photos I’ve found. If that is aisle 25 then my seats shouldn’t be blocked from the net. Just looking for a more concrete answer then looking at photos not knowing which aisle that is. Can anyone familiar with wrigley or the more importantly the dugout boxes paint a clearer picture? I really appreciate any help anyone can provide!

Cubs0110- Thanks…I’ve looked at several seat data pictures, but all the pictures are from before the Dugout Box seats were in place. Wrigley is different due to the fact that there are no section numbers, just aisle numbers…bc of this I can’t figure out how far seats 105-106 are from the dugout….there is an aisle 4 seats from the dugout and I’m not sure if that is aisle 25 or 26 and can’t seem to find out anything from the internet…if that is aisle 26 then my seats are to the left of that aisle and behind the screen based off the photos I’ve found. If that is aisle 25 then my seats shouldn’t be blocked from the net. Just looking for a more concrete answer then looking at photos not knowing which aisle that is. Can anyone familiar with wrigley or the more importantly the dugout boxes paint a clearer picture? I really appreciate any help anyone can provide!

Cubs0110- Thanks…I’ve looked at several seat data pictures, but all the pictures are from before the Dugout Box seats were in place. Wrigley is different due to the fact that there are no section numbers, just aisle numbers…bc of this I can’t figure out how far seats 105-106 are from the dugout….there is an aisle 4 seats from the dugout and I’m not sure if that is aisle 25 or 26 and can’t seem to find out anything from the internet…if that is aisle 26 then my seats are to the left of that aisle and behind the screen based off the photos I’ve found. If that is aisle 25 then my seats shouldn’t be blocked from the net. Just looking for a more concrete answer then looking at photos not knowing which aisle that is. Can anyone familiar with wrigley or the more importantly the dugout boxes paint a clearer picture? I really appreciate any help anyone can provide!

nice..cant wait to get to chitown next season hopefully

anyway, ill be at citi tomorrow, sunday, and monday. i know ill see donnie tomorrow and sunday..anyone else? alex, what day are you going? clif? puck? rossdaboss, ill see you tomorrow i guess, come say hi..i have red hair and black mets hat or red nationals hat..

if anyones gonna be there, let me know..

Gary: Why would i waste my time at Citi Field on a beautiful golf day?

Also, does anybody want tickets for next Mondays (April 27) Mets vs. Marlins game at Citi Field? i Think they are $25 face value. if any body wants them, just shoot me an email at puckcollector@optonline.net

First come, first served.

gary

i will be there but probably at around 4:30 or even possibly 10 minutes after the gates open. my mom says she’s not in a rush but whatever. i’ll motivate her.

and puck

golf day?

Zack, any reason why you want to reach age 105 specifically? I ask because that’s the age I plan to make it to! I was born in ’75, and my favorite year is ’80, so my goal is to make it to 2080 to see another ’80. (So I really only need to get to 104.3-ish, but you get the idea.)

Also, Fenway has a spot where you can see in now–through the Bleacher bar on Lansdowne.

puck-golf? hmm..

clif-thats for tomorrow right? yeah, good luck, if youre there pre-gates opening, find me up front
youre so much closer than me i feel like, i drive for like a half hour before the gw bridge lol you should be beating me!! well thats probably not fair since i get out of school at 150 and drive myself..but yeah see you tomorrow.

Gary, with any luck I would be going to the game on Saturday. If some seats don’t get sold, we get them at half-price, so I’m hoping for that. Anyone else heading there on Saturday?
http://riveravenue.mlblogs.com
Alex

I’ll be at Citi Field Friday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Yankee Stadium on Thursday. See you kiddies there…

- Donnie
http://donnieanks.mlblogs.com/

EVERYONE-
Better late than never, right? Here are the answers to your questions…

ALEX-
You should re-read my two Citi entries. No extra guard at the elevated row. Can’t say more now. I have to leave ASAP for U.S. Cellular…

THOMASB-
Never saw one. It was a brief experiment that was quickly scrapped. I’m in the process of researching it for my book. (If only I were born 20 years sooner.)

DODGER FAN FOR LIFE-
I wrote an entry about Angel Stadium last season. August 30th, I think. Look at my archives and you’ll find it. Left field sucks in Anaheim. You’re much better off in right-center. Lots of balls get hit there in BP.

ROSSDABOSS96-
All my strategies and tips are in the two entries I wrote recently about Citi Field. Just go back and read those, and hopefully it’ll help.

STEPHEN-
Sorry, didn’t have a chance to take those photos.

JERE80-
Nah, no specific reason. Just seems like a good age.

Zack, I was at the game as well…my friend threw out the first pitch so I got to go on the field and everything it was cool(even though I am a sox fan) are you going to be at U.S. Cellular field this week? I would love to meet you.
-Eric

Eric-

He’s there tonight and tomorrow.

So – You can walk freely around the entire stadium, you just have to scan your ticket for the bleachers?

ERIC-
Whoops, four years late . . .

CUBS0110-
You da man.

CH1088-
Correct.

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