Experiencing Wrigley Field in Mesa
We are all familiar with the feeling of going to a baseball game. You can’t wait to smell and touch the freshly, manicured lawn as if all of a sudden you rediscovered those senses. Eating a hotdog suddenly becomes an important mission. Executed with care, we paint our frankfurter with ketchup and mustard, careful not to spill outside the bun. Deciding which vendor to buy your beer from is almost as hard as picking a husband or wife.
Before fans could even start thinking of the good stuff, the main question burning on their mind was: “Where am I going to park?!” Fans, both home and visitor, excitedly filled, no overflowed, Cubs Park to watch the opening game in the brand new red and blue haven. Although the Chicago Cubs fell 5-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks, fans still walked away feeling proud of their new stadium. With a high of 75 degrees, breezes and beers kept fans satisfied as they set a new Cactus League attendance record of 14, 486.
“As soon as I saw him hit it, I thought it’s coming right here, I even told the girl next to me,” said Hart as he smiled at his wife Marianne. Hart says he loves the park and plans on coming to more games. He’d be willing to sell the home run ball to Mesa or Eric Chavez he joked.
Sandy and Larry Stinson traveled all the way from Chicago to watch their favorite team. Sandy has been a Cubs fan for over 50 years. This is her fifth year attending spring training. “I like it a lot better than the last stadium. It’s new, it’s shiny and more fun,” said Stinson. She enjoyed seeing the camaraderie among the Cubs fans that she knows and loves.
To my surprise, Zach Wright, from LaPorte, Indiana said being at the new park made him feel like he was at Wrigley. “I feel like I’m in Chicago with this stadium atmosphere.”
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