The Cubs Game

My name is Bill Hicks and I’m the Digital Marketing Content Manager at C-Line Products. It was the end of August 2019. I had been on staff for one short week. To celebrate C-Line Products 70th Anniversary they had rented out the Budweiser Bleachers at Wrigley Field for a Chicago Cubs baseball game. They were playing the Milwaukee Brewers.

C-Line Products. It was the end of August 2019. I had been on staff for one short week. To celebrate C-Line Products 70th Anniversary they had rented out the Budweiser Bleachers at Wrigley Field for a Chicago Cubs baseball game. They were playing the Milwaukee Brewers.

You might not believe it, but I had not attended a baseball game in over 10 years. That was the   Chicago White Sox in the newly rebuilt Comiskey Park circa 2002. Don’t get me wrong, I am a north sider through and through, having always loved the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field. But I’m a Chicagoan and harbor a hometown spirit for all our teams.

The Cubs game for our anniversary took place on Saturday, August 31. It was a hectic Saturday for me. After a false start, I arrived at Wrigley Field around 10:30 a.m. It looked the same but different from when I was a kid and used to attend every year or so. I lived in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood so getting to Cubs Park (as we kids called it) was a too-long CTA 22 bus-ride away. If you went anywhere and took the bus toward downtown, you passed Wrigley Field. As a kid, this happened regularly. I remember a Franksville hotdog stand located across from Wrigley Field, on Clark Street, where the Hotel Zachary now stands. My father used to take us kids to Franksville to eat foot-long red hots. Yummy!

On this day at Wrigley Field, the crowds were massive. This group and that group huddled together to take photos near statues of players erected along Clark or Addison or Sheffield streets. The excitement in the air was palpable. Vendors found interesting ways to sell their wares. Some had created walkable carts that held 7-foot-tall plastic pipes in the air, showcasing Cubs t-shirts. Some rode bikes and hawked Cubs hats or programs. Other’s bought or sold Cubs tickets for that day. It was loud and exciting! Going to a baseball game in person is so much more fun than viewing it on TV.

For C-Line’s 70th Anniversary Celebration there was a pre-game VIP tour of the ballpark. During the tour several former Cubs players, including Lee Smith, Steve Trout, and Pete LaCock spoke with C-Line employees, about the past and present of Wrigley field.

Eventually, everyone from C-Line got seated in the Budweiser Bleacher section rented out for the celebration. As a newbie, I had met and befriended a group of people on the bus and sat with them during the game. It was great chatting and getting to know some of my coworkers and their family and friends. We drank, ate, and cheered on the Cubs to a rousing defeat. But it didn’t matter. We were C-Line. We were 70 years old. And I’d been inducted into the team. It felt like a family.

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