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A Wrigley Experience Unlike Any Other

By June 24, 2014 No Comments
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wrigleyville-experience-cubs-gameAttending a Cubs game in Wrigley is more than just going to a baseball game, it’s an experience. With the Pirates in town and me being from Pittsburgh, it was a perfect opportunity for G-Hunt and I to head up to Wrigleyville and show you all what a true Wrigley experience is like. The fandom, jerseys, and people we met are what make attending a Cubs game so awesome.

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We started our day off at Rebel where we made our first friends of the day.

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As always we had cards in hand and were promoting the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration. Bacon + Sports + Beer + Rocking Jerseys all in one party. Yes please!

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Interesting name for a gallery.

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This Camry was parked directly under the L tracks and was in as bad a shape as any car I’ve ever seen. The crazy thing was that the tags and plates were all up to date so it’s not like this car was abandoned for years.

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Our next stop was Old Crow Smokehouse, which is a new spot in Wrigleyville the size of a football stadium (or so it looks). Captain Morgan was on hand doing his thing.

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One of the Captain’s lovely ladies.

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I walked over to a table of yinzers and instantly felt at home. Too much of my amazement one of the guys knew me. Shout out to Pete Gaertner, who after 15 years of not seeing me (he was in 8th grade the last time I saw him) saw the Bacon Sports shirt and heard my raspy ass voice and put two and two together. His crew was in from Pittsburgh and they were definitely getting after it.

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While on our way to Sluggers G-Hunt and the Captain Morgan’s crew decide to cut a rug outside of Merkle’s. Life is more fun when you’re fun.

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Street friends.

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At the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration we’ll have numerous pop-a-shot hoops so naturally we were drawn to the pop-a-shot at Sluggers. Kudos to the girl on the right who had a mean jumper and was willing to steal her friend’s balls to win.

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This doesn’t make much sense in Wrigleyville but you know what, I was a big fan of that Vinny Castilla, Dante Bichette, Larry Walker, Andres Galarrage Rockies team so I’ll let it slide.

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G-Hunt ran into this dude and instantly challenged him to an arm wrestling competition.

This is how it went down.

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Our new friend Jade.

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After you crush it upstairs Sluggers you can win some sweet prizes.

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As Ollie Williams says, “It’s gonna rain.” Looks like we are holed up in Sluggers for a little longer.

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Immediately upon running into this bachelor party we knew that we had found our next friends.

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These guys got after it like you expect a bachelor party in Wrigleyville to do so. They were spitting straight fire.

One of the crew challenged the bachelor to do 20 pushups. Any time a competition like this goes down it’s gonna end well. Bonus points for crushing a beer on your head.

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The shirts they made to commemorate the bachelor.

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This girl was a blast. She told us that she was in Wrigley with Philadelphia Flyer Scott Hartnell. *UPDATE* Hartnell just got traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Before heading into the game G-Hunt decides to have some fun and freestyle rap on the street.

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Well look who it is. Our new friend and Scott Hartnell.

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Clint Barmes was a cool dude. He came over and shook everyone’s hand.

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Digging the shirt.

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Nothing welcomes you to the Women’s Restroom like Justin Grimm and Luis Valbuena.

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This guy had a parrot on his shoulder. It blows my mind that there are actually two women with him.

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She was waiting for her boyfriend and having a blast with us while doing so. When in Wrigley…

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Off to the Captain Morgan’s Club to make more friends.

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It was great to run into our friend Kim at the Captain Morgan’s Club.

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You can check these two out on Instagram at @KateSonn and @Sabrina_Lynch. Super cool, tons of fun. They were down for a photo shoot.

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They were about the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration.

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We left Wrigley Field and decided to see where the night would take us.

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If you owned this Jeep and you got to it right at this moment, would you drive it off the bed of the truck?

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Even the police in Wrigley are cool.

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Next stop, Dimo’s Pizza. Let’s see if we can get some behind the scenes access of what goes down.

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The Pistol Pete of tossing dough.

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The crew at Dimo’s couldn’t have been cooler and we ended our experience with a slice of BBQ Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza. Soooo good!

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Shirts on the street.

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Now for the random jerseys from the Cubs vs Pirates game. This Henry Rowengartner Cubs shirzey was without question the winner.

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It’s hard to let go of the one that you love.

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This Shawon Dunston Cubs jersey was one of my favorites.

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The only people who buy the jersey of the manager are old Dads.

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Amazingly this wasn’t the only Justin Verlander of the night.

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Jonathan Lucroy wants a pic. How cute.

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Louuuuuuuuu!

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That was fun.

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Rob Cressy

Rob Cressy

Sports loving free throw specialist and yinzer living in Chicago who is awesome most of the time, has run with the bulls in Spain, and is a graduate of Second City's Improv program.