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[30 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

My plans for today include attending the Chicago Cubs game versus the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. First pitch is at 1:20 pm.
As soon as the Cubs game ends, I am driving to Milwaukee for Game 6 of the Bucks playoff series versus the Atlanta Hawks. However, if the Cubs game runs long, I will not be able to complete the 90 minute drive from Wrigley Field to the Bradley Center in time. Plus, Chicago traffic could be a nightmare keeping me from driving to …

Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, MLB »

[29 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

The Diamondbacks scored five runs in the fourth inning and seven runs in the seventh inning which lead them to a 13-1 win over the Cubs today. Not the most exciting game if you are a Cubs fan. But there was some “off-field” entertainment that kept the game interesting.
First, Mexicans protested Arizona’s new immigration law outside of Wrigley Field since the Cubs was playing Arizona. Second, Vancouver Canucks fans were booed incessantly as they walked along the aisle between the 100 and 200 sections. The Chicago Blackhawks are opening up …

Chicagoland Sporting Events, Horse Racing »

[29 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

Today is opening day at Arlington Park – Chicagoland’s premiere horse racing venue. Hawthorne Racecourse (Chicago’s other horse racing venue) completed their spring session this past Sunday to make way for the summer session at Arlington Park.
However, instead of driving to Arlington Heights, my plan is to attend the Chicago Cubs game. First pitch is at 1:20 pm.
For the third day in a row, the Kane County Cougars are playing at the same time as the Cubs. But if you are out in the western …

Chicago, Chicago Cubs, MLB, Washington Nationals »

[28 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Ask Forgiveness Not Permission: Nationals at Cubs

The best part about weekday afternoon Cubs games in April is that you can sit wherever you want. So buy the cheapest seats possible and stroll down to the lower level. Sitting in the first rows of the 200 level is about as easy as it gets and the seats are good since there are no obstructed views. Plus, the ushers do not check tickets. It is possible to “sneak” into the 100 level of Wrigley Field but most ushers check tickets so be diligent.
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Chicagoland Sporting Events »

[28 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

Looking to attend three baseball games for the price of one tonight? Then get yourself to Miller Park this afternoon. The Milwaukee Brewers are playing at 12:10 pm.
After the Brewers game, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hosts Northwestern University in a doubleheader also taking place at Miller Park. The college doubleheader is included in the price of your Brewers ticket. The first college game is scheduled to start at 4:00 pm followed the second game at 7:00 pm. Of course, today is the day …

Chicago, Chicago Cubs, MLB, Washington Nationals »

[28 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

On a July day, when the sun is shining upon Wrigley Field and the Cubs announce that the game is sold out, it is easy to forget about a cold day in April. Just like tonight.
The Cubs would lead you to believe that every game at Wrigley Field is in high demand, but this is just not the case. First, tonight’s game was not sold out. Even though the announced attendance was 37,440 (technically 91% full) the stadium was easily half empty – due to …

Chicagoland Sporting Events »

[27 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

There are three professional baseball options to choose from in Chicagoland this evening. Tickets should be cheap outside of the stadiums for both MLB games while you will have to buy tickets from the box office for the Kane County Cougars game.
1) Chicago Cubs host the Washington Nationals at 7:05 pm.
2) Milwaukee Brewers host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 pm.
3) Kane County Cougars host the Quad City River Bandits at 6:00 pm.

Chicago, Chicago Cubs, MLB, Washington Nationals »

[27 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Carlos, Sean, Carlos, Carlos: One of These Things Is Not Like The Other

It was the first night game of the season for the Chicago Cubs. It was also the Cubs first game at home since announcing Carlos Zambrano would move to the bullpen. Thus, before the game, my friend, Frank Garrett, asked if we thought we would see the Carlos trifecta pitch in the same game – Carlos Silva, Carlos Zambrano and Carlos Marmol.
Silva was the starting pitcher so we had one Carlos under our belt. After Silva pitched seven innings, Lou Piniella brought in Sean Marshall to pitch …

Chicago, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA Playoffs »

[25 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

It was LeBron James’ afternoon. After losing Game 3 on Thursday night to the Chicago Bulls, there was no way James would come out Sunday afternoon and lose on national television. And perform he did. Not only did he easily make a half court shot at the end of third quarter, he delivered his fifth career postseason triple-double and became the first NBA player to post 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists while draining six three-pointers during the playoffs. Many signs around the United Center …

Chicago, Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, MLS »

[25 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Miller Lite Party Deck: Dynamo at Fire

Two weeks ago I attended the Chicago Fire game in a luxury box. For $5, I received parking, a luxury box ticket and unlimited food and drinks. A deal that is nearly impossible to beat. However, with no official “deal,” I came close as close as I could to equaling that deal last night in my second visit to Toyota Park this season.
Beg, Borrow and Deal
I was already at a severe disadvantage since I had to pay $15 for parking. But, I knew I would find a cheap ticket. I …