It’s a big day in Chicago: Wrigley Field is celebrating its 100th birthday. April 23, 2014, is when Wrigley (then known as Weeghman Park) hosted its first game – the Chi-Feds played there initially, not the Cubs – and it’s been downhill ever since.
But seriously, it’s one of the most iconic venues in sports. My wife and I went to a game at Wrigley eight years ago – in April, so it was freezing – and watched the Cubbies beat my Cardinals. I watched the game, sure, but I spent much of my time there just soaking in the ballpark and the atmosphere.
They call Wrigley the Friendly Confines, and I found out why. Following the final out, a Cubs fan sitting near us looked at me and said, “Well, good luck in the playoffs.” The Cards won the World Series that year. (During that trip, I found Chicagoans to be an extremely friendly bunch.)
It’s been well-documented that the Cubs haven’t won a World Series title since 1908, which is why they’ve earned the tag of “lovable losers.” They’re off to their usual stellar start this season, with a 7-12 mark heading into today’s game against Arizona.
Let’s take to Twitter to see what folks are saying about Wrigley’s 100th birthday.
This season, the Chicago Cubs plan to honor Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday with a loss for each year.
— Korked Bats (@korkedbats) April 23, 2014
Wrigley Field, which turns 100 years old today, opened 3 months before the start of World War I.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 23, 2014
Happy 100th Birthday to Wrigley Field. And so happy Turner Field made it to a teenager before its death.
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) April 23, 2014
It’s Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday. Don’t get it anything, since it hasn’t gotten any of us a damn thing for 100 years. #WrigleyField100
— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) April 23, 2014
I’d like to wish Wrigley Field a happy 100th birthday. Ballpark doesn’t look a day over 90.
— David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) April 23, 2014
My aunt Sally is as old as Wrigley Field. #100 #Goodgenes
— Cosmic Wrangler (@CosmicWrangler) April 23, 2014