Karen Loves Country is Karen Loves The City today! Having a blast with my high school bestie Monica and her family at the Cubs v Cards game at Wrigley. It is bottom of the sixth and the North Siders are holding off their downstate neighbors. It is a hot one for sure but the lake breezes are making it very tolerable.
We had a little “planes, trains and automobiles” feeling this AM as we drove from Iowa and were to meet our pals at the Pingree Road Metra depot in Crystal Lake for the 10:03 this morning. But there was a very unfortunate train incident somewhere toward the city and the schedule went out the window. Dan and I arrived at the station and hopped on a train a few minutes before 10 AM, assuming it was the right one. We looked around and no pals were to be found. Monica then called to say they were running behind and weren’t at the station yet. Score one for the Iowans. The conductor suggested we ride to Cary and hop off the train and return to Pingree to find our lagging friends. Long story short, we finally met up with Monica and crew and got to the Irving Park stop with plenty of time to meet the rest of the party at Sluggers on Clark St.
Monica’s niece Mary Katherine, who lives in the city, made the arrangements and had all our tickets on her phone. Like a counselor leading her day-campers, she ushered our group, including her dad, her sister, three aunties, a cousin and Dan and me, through the nap-sack check points and ticket gates and up the long ramps to our seats. I wish I had a photo of that! We have good seats in section 538 but I can tell a few years have passed since the last time I was in up in the stands. (Huff, puff, huff but I made it and I’m sure if I’d have remembered to wear my FitBit I’d have gotten my steps in.)
Paused for the 7th Inning Stretch. RIP Harry Carey. And RIP Steve Goodman. Fingers crossed it will be Go, Cubs, Go shortly!
The game continues w/ Cubs 3:2. But seems a little flat so Monica just flipped her hat for a rally.
Note at 4:05: Uh oh. Game has slipped to 11:3 Cards.
Another note: One bad inning can make for a bad game. Cubs pulled out one more run but lost 11:4. Darn, I wanted to hear Steve Goodman blaring over the loudspeaker.
But even a losing Cubs game relaxing in the stands with my hubby Dan and some good buddies (and 42K other fans) beats a whole lotta other days and brings back some great memories of my young life as a city dweller.