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[30 May 2010 | No Comment | ]

Albert Pujols connected for three home runs in today’s Cubs game at Wrigley Field as he led the Cardinals to a 9-1 win over the Cubs. It was the fourth time he has hit three homers in a game and the first time since September 3, 2006. Pujols became only the 14th players since 1900 with at-least four three-home run games. This was only the sixth time I have witnessed a player hit three home runs in the same game. The other five being:
1) June 23, 1997: Steve Finley – …

Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers »

[30 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
NHL Finals Game 1: Flyers at Blackhawks

With the Cubs game ending around 5:45 pm, I had plenty of time to drive to the United Center in time to buy a ticket for Game 1. As I write in the ticket buying guide for Championship games, I had done my research ahead of time. However, instead of buying ahead of time, I had a feeling ticket prices would drop outside of the arena so I went to the United Center empty handed. My first stop was outside of Billy Goat Tavern where most scalpers congregate for sporting …

Chicago, Chicago Cubs, MLB, St. Louis Cardinals »

[30 May 2010 | No Comment | ]

It was a big day for sporting events in Chicago. First, the Chicago Cubs were hosting the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field at 3:10 pm. Second, the Chicago Blackhawks were hosting the Philadelphia Flyers in the first NHL Finals game in Chicago in 18 years. With the NHL Finals game starting at 7:00 pm there was very little wiggle room for the Cubs game to run long.
Beg, Borrow and Deal
As was the case Friday, I was shocked at how little Cubs tickets were selling for outside of Wrigley Field …

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[28 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
Cubs Tickets are Dead: Cardinals at Cubs

Cubs’ tickets are officially dead for the summer. My neighbor and I bought a pair of Cubs tickets for $30 ($15 each) without leaving our courtyard. The face value on each ticket was $70.56. Buying a ticket for so cheap to watch the Cardinals and Cubs at Wrigley Field rarely occurs, but is the main reason why I always recommend waiting to buy tickets until you arrive to the venue on game day.
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
The Cardinals made quick work of Randy Wells. Wells threw 16 pitches, faced …

Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB »

[27 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
Bleachers for Cheap: Dodgers at Cubs

Most Cubs fans would believe that bleacher seats at Wrigley Field are expensive and hard to get. This is sometimes the case for summer games versus the Chicago White Sox or St. Louis Cardinals, but for the other 70 games or so bleacher seats are usually sold for face value or less. For example, today, I bought two bleacher seats for $40 ($20 each). The face value for today’s game is $50.40.

The Cubs are being tricky with their tickets this year. They “lowered” their prices for tickets but charge the …

Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB »

[27 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
Blackout at Wrigley Field: Dodgers at Cubs

Tonight Wrigley Field experienced a blackout for only the third time since lights were installed during the 1988 season. The first two blackouts were during the 2003 season.  The first was May 6 and the second was June 24 that year. I was out of town for both of those games so this was the first time the lights have gone out while I was in attendance.

Beg, Borrow and Deal
For the second night in a row, the Cubs drew less than 36,000. Thus, tickets were easily available outside of Wrigley …

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[26 May 2010 | No Comment | ]

2 ½ weeks ago, I questioned whether White Sox management knew how to price their tickets for weekend games against opponents nobody really cares about. After attending tonight’s Cubs game, I am now questioning whether the Cubs know how to price some of their games as well. Cubs management made a mistake when they made tonight’s game versus the Dodgers a premium-priced game – the most expensive games at Wrigley Field for the 2010 season.
Last night’s attendance was only 34,749 (84.4% full) – a far cry from their usual 40,000+ …

Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, San Jose Sharks »

[23 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
Blackhawks Advance to the NHL Finals

I was back at the United Center after missing the last two Blackhawks playoff games. This game I was not going to miss. The Blackhawks had a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1992 and the first time since I have been living in Chicago.
Beg, Borrow and Deal
Blackhawks Jim, who I am now renaming Hospitality Jim after the London version of Hospitality Jim, picked me up. He already had a ticket so we needed to buy two tickets – one for me and …

College Baseball, Evanston, Michigan St. Baseball, Northwestern Baseball »

[20 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
Every Eight Years: Northwestern Baseball

For the first time in eight years I attended a Northwestern baseball game. The last time I attended (May 17, 2002) my brother was in town and we had nothing to do on a Friday afternoon. This time, my wife had forgotten something on campus. So rather than drive up to Evanston and spend five minutes picking it up, I made the trip “worthwhile” and attended the Northwestern baseball game. In addition, to give Nicole a break from our newborn son, I took him to the game.
Buying Tickets
Tickets for Northwestern …

Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, MLB »

[19 May 2010 | No Comment | ]

It’s been one week since I brought home my newborn son from the hospital.  In that time, I have not slept much, changed lots of diapers and ordered a lot of food.  However, last Wednesday my son witnessed Carlos Silva’s new revival as Silva became 4-0.  Today, Silva continued that revival giving up only two runs in six innings to improve his record to 5-0.  Maybe Silva will continue his run as he became the first Cubs player to start 5-0 since Greg Maddux in 2006 and the first to …