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First of Seven Consecutive Cubs games

29 August 2008 No Comment

Kicking off a stretch of attending seven consecutive Cubs’ home games, I did something I rarely ever do – go out before and after a Cubs game. I was attending the game with Liam from New Zealand so I thought we should “experience” Wrigleyville.

Pre Game Dining
It is hard to argue that going to the Full Shilling before a Cubs game qualifies as “Pre Game Dining” but that is what we did last night. As I wrote a few months ago, the Full Shilling gives away free hot dogs with every drink purchase 1 hour before and after Cubs home games. For $6, you get a 24 ounce beer and a hot dog – one of the best deals around Wrigley Field.

The Game
Last night’s game was the first night MLB would use instant replay to judge close home runs. However, replay was not needed. In the bottom of the 8th inning, with the Phillies leading 4-1, Mike Fontenot hit a solo home run to cut the lead to 2. Next Alfonso Soriano, Ryan Theriot and Derrek Lee all reached base to load the bases. Aramis Ramirez then hit a grand slam in which Phillies center field Shane Victorino did not even move to give the Cubs a 6-4 lead. Wrigley Field erupted in a way I have never seen during the regular season.

Post Game Dining
We ran into some friends during the Cubs game and ended up at John Barleycorn’s after the game. If you are looking for post game food and a party atmosphere then Barleycorn’s is a good choice.

After Barleycorn’s we walked across the street to Mullen’s Bar & Grill. Mullen’s is a straight up sports bar. It’s neither good nor bad, but they do have cheaper drinks if that is what you are looking for after a game.

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