Aisle 206, Row 9, Seat 10

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I happen to have a lot of time on my hands this week - way too much time - according to my wife, Denise.

There's so much that needs to be done around the house that I'm not sure where to begin.

So when an opportunity to get tickets to Monday night's game arose, I had no problem putting the household chores on hold. It took a midday trip downtown to buy the tickets, and then later it was off to Wrigley Field for my third Opening Night in the 23 years of after-dark baseball at the Friendly Confines.

Denise, unfortunately, was unable to join me for the game but took the trouble to drive me and my buddy, Ned, from our South Side homes to the corner of Waveland and Sheffield in plenty of time to catch the first pitch.

My view from Aisle 206, Row 9, Seat 10 was quite nice. The pillars did not obscure my terrace-reserved vantage point and the only portion of the field that was not visible was the left-field corner.

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I love night baseball at Wrigley Field. The experience of watching the twilight fade into blackness against the brilliance of the lights is a sight to behold. Its introduction in 1988 has only improved the Wrigley experience for me, and better yet has allowed me to attend more games in person and to watch even more games on TV.

Night baseball is the friend of the working man. It is more democratic than day baseball.

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Ned's one of my best friends but he is certainly no Denise and not the most knowledgeable of Cubs fans.

But that's alright. We caught up, recalled the good old days, and needled each other constantly. Baseball is the ideal backdrop for maintaining a friendship.

But it was disappointing that Ned couldn't stick with me until the end. He left at the conclusion of the ninth and missed our two-hit, two-walk 10th inning rally. It was his loss.

Posted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 by Chris Rewers
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