Spring is here, and with that brings America’s favorite past time! Chicago is lucky because we get not one, but two baseball teams to cheer on every baseball season. Of course, most people don’t cheer for the White Sox and the Cubs, but we get double the action all season long, and two teams bring in more Chicago Travelers than just one would!
Spring 2013 is a great time for baseball in Chicago! There are tons of exciting games on the schedule for each team, and a million reasons to visit Chicago (baseball related or not!) If you haven’t started planning a trip to Chicago for this baseball season, here are 10 reasons you should start - at least one of them is bound to change your mind and head out to Chicago. Opening Day is April 1st for both teams, so what are you waiting for?
1. Buds with your buds. Beer and baseball go together better than [insert cheesy cliche of “things that go together” here]. They work, and in Chicago on a warm day at Wrigley Field or US Cellular Field, beer tastes better than it ever has before.
2. Hot Dogs, and who does hot dogs better than Chicago? After all, “A hot dog at the ballpark is better than steak at the Ritz” - Humphrey Bogart. Grab a Vienna Chicago Dog or High Plains Bison Dog at Chicago Dogs. Check out the Footlong Kosher Hot Dog, Footlong Buffalo Dog or Footlong Bratwurst at Chicago Style Big Dawgs. Have a Polish Sausage from Tripper’s. Treat yourself to a Taco Dog, Nacho Dog, Frito Dog or Deli Dog (and don’t forget the loaded fries and beer) from The Works Loaded Dogs when you really want to fall in love with baseball in Chicago.
3. You don’t have to be a die-hard fan, or know a single thing about baseball to enjoy a game - especially at these parks! Trust me, I would know better than anyone.
4. Who doesn’t love a good feud? The Cubs and the White Sox both have long-standing rivalries that make coming to particular games this season more fun than almost anything else. It’s fun to cheer for your team, and it’s even more fun to cheer against someone else’s. Want to witness a rivalry at it’s finest? Head to Wrigley Field for the Cubs vs. Cardinals game on May 7th and 8th, and then again on July 11th, 12th or 13th. Of course you can always catch the cross-town rivalry, good ol’ Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox. May 27th and 28th they’ll be at US Cellular Field, then the next day head across town because on May 29th and 30th they’ll be at Wrigley.
White Sox Baseball Players in the Cellular Field
5. The chance to catch a ball in the stands. Homerun or foul balls make for one of the best souvenirs you can get on a trip to Chicago. And no, it’s not inappropriate to fight a child for one of these bad boys.
6. Becoming an umpire - because what fan doesn’t think that they’re better than the official umpire of the game? No matter where your seat is, you and everyone around you will be trying to change the minds of all the erroneous official calls. Close plays at first base, bad balls, stolen bases and more - this is your chance to show off just how useful all these years of sitting around in your living room for hours and hours “learning the rules of the game” were. You weren’t being lazy, you were doing research, right?
7. The Not Top 10’s. Of course our Chicago teams are never on that list, right? But it’s nice seeing everyone else whiff, miss, fumble, drop balls and overslide after a steal attempt.
8. Mascots doing mascot things. Dancing, messing with the fans and falling if you’re lucky. The mascots don’t always make sense, but they get pretty entertaining. If you’re in Chicago for a baseball game, be sure to get your picture taken with the Chicago Cubs bear or Southpaw, the Chicago White Sox mascot. Southpaw always seems to be the most entertaining and highly talked-about baseball mascot. The Cubs have a bear walking around, but their real celebrities in the stands is Ronnie Woo Woo, a long fan a local Chicago celebrity, who's been named by announcer Harry Caray “Leather Lungs,” since he can cheer and shout for hours.
9. Getting back our tans (or baseball burns for many of us.) After a long winter, the temperatures begin to steadily rise as baseball season proceeds, and sitting in the stands on a warm day as the sun beats down is the perfect way to kick those winter blues and get the color back into those pasty-white legs that have been hiding under jeans and boots all winter long. And the lady fans usually sport raunchy interesting apparel to really show off their team spirit!
10. Cheering our team onto victory! You're going to love it when your boys win. Going out for a victory beer at one of the nearby neighborhood bars with all your old and newly-gained friends is always way more fun after a victory, but let's face it, it's fun after a loss too.Just ask a Chicago Traveler...
We asked a Chicago Traveler what his favorite part of baseball season in Chicago was!
Jason: "Friday day games at Wrigley" - they always have Friday games in the day, no night games on Fridays!
Lizz: And you love that because you want to go out after?
Jason: Well, we can play hooky from work on Fridays, and start the weekend early ;)
What's your favorite part of baseball season in Chicago? Tell us in the comments below, or send us your answers on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ We love hearing back from Chicago Travelers like Jason!