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On the Web Thu Jun 16 2011

Eggers on Wrigley

Over at Grantland, the ESPN-related site, Lake Forest native Dave Eggers waxes poetic about the experience of watching the Cubs, both in his youth at Wrigley Field and now at one of the rooftop seating areas across the street:

I grew up with the Cubs, and I don't remember the possibility of winning ever being high among the reasons we went to Wrigley. We went because the park was ragged and crumbling and lived-in, beautiful in an almost accidental way. The low brick wall behind home plate implied a game being played at the local elementary school. The ivy in the outfield hinted that the building was so old that nature was reclaiming it. We went for these reasons, and we went because the weather at Wrigley was always better there than anywhere else in Chicago. We went because you could pay $10 to park in someone's driveway and $1 to use their bathroom after the game. Speaking of too much beer being drunk from cheap plastic cups, there was Harry Caray, too.
 
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