My Life At Wrigley

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For the past 5 and a half years I have been perhaps the luckiest Cubs fan on Earth.  When I first got the phone call in August 2007 from my friend Joe that the Cubs were hiring groundskeepers I immediately filled out an application and sure enough was hired.  My career started out at Wrigley Field with the Cubs in a heated race for the N.L. Central title against the Brewers.  That year the Cubs would end up winning the division,  but losing in the first round of the playoffs.  At that time I was satisfied just to be able to go onto Wrigley Field and work in the MLB.   Little did I know what Wrigley would have in store for me over the next 5 years.

Two groundskeepers living the dream

2008 was a fantastic season for both me and the Cubs, and even Wrigley for that matter.  That year the Cubs won the division again, I learned a great deal and met some very great people, and Wrigley hosted the Winter Classic featuring the Blackhawks and Red Wings.  It was a blessing to be a part of all of this and to get paid for it was even more gratifying.

The next several years were not as good for the Cubs.  They saw many players and coaches come and go due to some not so good baseball.  But through all the changes, the groundscrew stayed mostly the same.  Always hard working and dedicated, we were expected to spend our summers at the ballpark keeping the field in the best condition we could.  With great leadership and chemistry, there is truly nothing that our crew was not able to do.  Be it a concert, hockey game, movie night, football game, soccer game, more concerts, the groundscrew was and always will be up for task.

Walking off for the day

I am very grateful to several people for making this entire experience very special for me.  My friend Joe for referring me to get the job, Mike and Rog for teaching so much and giving me the opportunity to excell, and Joe, Daly, Dave, Chad, Sadny, Joe Dick, Frank, and everyone else on the crew that made the work day seem so much less like work and more like fun.   I have so many memories and experiences that I cherish from these people that I simply do not have the time to explain.  Now that I’m not working there anymore I can finally go back to just being a fan of a bad baseball club.  I Can’t wait!

 

Adventure To Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago is a huge city which has many attractiions and activities for all of its citizens and visitors, but perhaps the best and definately one of the cheapest is Lincoln Park Zoo. It is home to thousands of different speicies of wildlife including bears, tigers, monkeys, reptiles, and birds.  During my families venture there, we were able to see some pretty remarkable sights as you will see in this video I took in the monkey house.

And this one from the bear exhibit. I believe it was a black bear but I am not certain.

All these sights were compliments of free admission that Lincoln Park Zoo offers everyday.  There are also several cafes and food carts which sell different types of food and beverages.  Combine all these things with  some wonderful Chicago weather and you are almost gauranteed to enjoy yourself!

Wrigley Welcomes “The Boss”

This past weekend Wrigley Field hosted another set of concerts this time welcoming classic rock legend Bruce Springsteen. “The Boss” as he has come to be known, came to Chicago to perform yet again, but this time appearing at Wrigley Field. Playing both Friday and Saturday nights, Bruce played to a crowd of more than 40,000 each night, serenading them with deep cut after deep cut. Personally, I can care less for him as a musician but after speaking with several of his fans who were in attendance I get the feeling that generally the crowd was very pleased with his performance. Bruce also welcomed several surprise guests. Former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morrelo and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder appeared both nights making for a delightful twist on a somewhat dull and generic night of music. But all in all it was still a momentous concert that I had the privilege to be a part of.