Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall
Back in August after witnessing our beloved Pearl Jam play their second straight sold-out concert, I reached up and touched the wall as we were exiting the stadium.
Dana looked back at me and asked what I was doing, to which I simply replied, “I had to touch the ivy.”
The dark green ivy is one of the historic symbols of Wrigley Field, which wraps around the entire outfield wall of the north-Chicago stadium, the home of the Chicago Cubs.
Even as a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, it was a surreal experience to stand in the outfield of Wrigley.
From the classic scoreboard, the ivy that I mentioned, and the flags flying high above… the atmosphere was electric during the two nights we were there.
This energy was obviously enhanced by the greatest band in the world rocking out on the stage, but there was different feeling in the air.
A feeling of anticipation.
It was as if Pearl Jam was simply an opening band those two nights in Chicago, preempting an even bigger show.
Fast forward a couple of months, and the headliner finally made its way to Wrigley – the World Series.
Major League Baseball’s Fall Classic had not been played around the corner from the Addison Red Line stop since 1945, and the Cubs have not claimed a World Series title since 1908.
That all changed on Wednesday evening.
After the Cubs were on the brink of elimination down 3-1, they rallied to win Game 5 at Wrigley, and then Game 6 in convincing fashion.
This set the stage for Game 7, and it honestly proved to be the best game of baseball I have ever seen.
The Cubs appeared ready to stroll to their first championship late in the 8th inning, when former Detroit Tiger and Toronto Blue Jay Rajai Davis hit a clutch two-run homerun off of closer Aroldis Chapman making it 6-6. After a brief rain delay, the Cubs rallied once more with two runs in the top of the 10th inning and held on eventually for the dramatic 8-7 win.
On both nights when we were in Chicago, Eddie Vedder grabbed his guitar and played his Cubs-inspired song called ‘All The Way’.
Have a look:
Well, that last winning run came last night and I’m certain Eddie was crying and covered in beer.
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Photo Interview of the day
Blackburn Radio’s Jeff Teolis snagged the absolute coolest interview of all-time (I’m a little biased though) after the World Series, have a listen:
Weather forecast for Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Today – Periods of rain ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 15. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight – Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight. Low plus 2.