My excuse for missing Sunday's game is a pretty good one - I was busy visiting Wrigley Field! Yay!
Here's the tour Web site. It's $25 for a 90-minute tour. They run every hour on the hour from 9-5, every day. We got in to Chicago at like 3:30, passed that goddamn White Sox park then sat in traffic for about an hour getting to the hotel. Then we threw our stuff in the room and hailed Chicago's Fastest Cab to get us up to Wrigley by 4:59. Hooray!
The tour was just amazing. I mean, really truly worth the $25. Heck it was worth the 5-hour drive! I don't know or care much about the Cubs, other than they have not won a World Series in a longer time than us and Ryne Sandberg used to be my dude when I played 2nd base but...that's about it.
But to be inside such a historic baseball place and hear the story of the FANS and the park it was just amazing. Really guys - if you have any appreciation for the history of baseball you MUST check this out! Here's some of my photos but you also need to hear the tour guide's info to make it special.
It was extra interesting to see the "understated" accommodations for the players, after just having read a post on TribeVibe about what our clubhouse manager does and what our clubhouse offers (you should read it, it's really interesting and in two parts). I'm sure everyone in Chicago gets the best treatment but they still have some teeny tiny facilities!
On the corner there is a yellow macaroni noodle sculpture, which I just learned is an advertisement from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and says "You know you love it" on the side. Lest you scratch your head wondering what Kraft has to do with Chicago, well the same noodle statue appears at Busch Stadium and AT&T Park in San Francisco. Cleveland must be too good to sell out to Kraft. So far.
Nowadays I guess the veterans make the kids write up a list of all the famous players who have come through this clubhouse. You basically start with Honus Wagner and work your way up through the HOF. Oh yeah and don't forget everyone who played against the Bears until 1970!
The Lakeview Baseball Club. Next door was the Ivy League Baseball Club [link has auto-play video]. I'm not 100% sure what they do but I think they are like super fancy suites - beautifully-decorated houses set up for a party with catering and then seats on top to view the game. Looks really nice.
Anyway that was my trip to Wrigley. I'm serious when I say you MUST go on a tour. Now I'm sort of intrigued to go to the Progressive Field tour because I want to see more clubhouses, but compared to Wrigley I'm sure it'll be boring as hell. Here's the itinerary... at least it's 1/4 the price! Actually I get a tour for free with a guest being that I'm in the Tribe Fan Club, so I should do that soon.
So that's what I was doing Sunday instead of listening to the Tribe. Afterwards I got some famous Chicago deep dish and then watched The Blues Brothers (seriously - thank you Amazon streaming!) so there was just no time. I did read the recap. OY!! Don't worry, I will cover it tomorrow.
In the meantime...I watched the All Star Game. Did you? I voted too so I felt like I had a stake in the game. But not really because there was no Brandon Phillips, no Torii Hunter and no Jason Kipnis. Asdrubal was there of course but not because of my votes. Perez was of course there AND he got some press but he didn't pitch so whatever.
I'm slightly embarrassed for the AL Central because we were like "HERE IS OUR BEST PLAYER! He is so good! Watch out!" and Verlander got stampeded by the NL guys. The only AL Central guy who did anything was good ol' Joe Mauer who got a hit.
Asdrubal made it in by the 5th because Jeter doesn't care. He walked but then struck out. Dammit! But he did have a nice, classic Asdrubal play to throw a guy out from deep on the left side so that was cool. Jeter had a big fancy throwing-from-mid-air play that ended up not being an out at first. I wonder how Asdrubal would have done?
Perez never made it in, which is kind of sad because 9 pitchers went through so you'd think he'd get a chance. The last guy was Fernando Rodney, who also has a crazy beard. I guess crazy beard plus dumb hat trumps crazy beard plus long hair.
I liked the commercials. I don't see many commercials in my regular viewing time so I am a big fan of commercials when I do see them. I also liked the goofy ASG bumpers.
Having just been to Wrigley Field, I like the new State Farm commercial. It features ex-Indian Kerry Wood with a special guest appearance by 80s Andre Dawson!
There was a 2-minute montage of the best plays of the first half. NONE of them were for the Indians. Not like last year when half of them were Asdrubal. One play was Minnesota's Ben Revere robbing Lonnie of extra bases by doing a somersault. But that's it.
The All Star Game was super boring. Oh well, at least it was baseball in hi-def on my TV. That's something that rarely happens, huh? Except for when the Indians were on Sunday, which I missed anyway.
I'll catch you tomorrow and we'll go through the awful experience together!