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Bleachers at Wrigley Field: Phillies at Cubs

13 August 2009 No Comment

The Philadelphia Phillies completed their three game sweep of the Chicago Cubs winning Thursday afternoon 6-1. It was the Phillies first sweep of the Cubs at Wrigley Field since June 14-17, 1984, when they won four straight.

Cliff Lee was the winning pitcher. Lee also pitched at Wrigley Field on June 19 when the Indians were in town. He should have won that game as well, but the Cubs came back from a 7-0 deficit to win 8-7 in 10 innings.

Obtaining Tickets
My original plan was to buy a SRO ticket from the Cubs box office before the game. However, I went to get my haircut before the game and on the walk back to the house I found a fan trying to sell his extra bleacher (face value $50). He wanted $40 so I offered him $30 (a fair price) and he accepted. This was the third time I sat in the bleachers this season – first on the Cubs home opener (April 13) and second versus the Minnesota Twins on June 14.

Bleacher Seats
As usual, I waited in my house until about five minutes before the game began to enter the bleachers. Most people line up for one block down Waveland Ave. or Sheffield Ave. to get a “good” seat in the bleachers. However, I am not a proponent of this practice.

Sure if you have a larger group (more than four people) and you like to sit in the sun and close to the field, then you will need to line up and get a “good” seat (defined as one close to the field). However, I normally enter at game time and am still able to find a seat underneath the scoreboard which is out of the sun and directly next to a small concession stand.

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