Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book]


Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood

Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood characters Ø 100 In Chicago the Cubs are a source of hope and heartbreak not having won a World Series in almost 100 years But for Cubs fans never say die is a way of life And Kevin Kaduk is no exception so much so Gather round and I shall regale you with a tale about a little place on the north side of Chicago She s one of the most beautiful things you ve ever laid eyes on that is if you can get over the smell of urine and stale Old Style running through the bleachers There isn t much to be said about beautiful Wrigley Field that history s greatest columnists authors and politicians haven t already mentioned Wrigleyworld isn t your conventional hey I wrote a book about the Cubbies literary adventure I ve been a Cub fan since I can remember The years peel away and people write what they think is an original take on the Cubs and Wrigley They aren t original Think of using the same rusty metal cookie cutters every year at Christmas I want something new and exciting something that won t make me uestion my self worth as a Cub fan as I read it Kevin Kaduk finally delivered what I and so many of us north siders want A Cubs book that doesn t dwell on the disparaging history of the franchise Someone actually put a positive spin on subject that leaves uite a bit to be desired even from its most loyal backersKaduk first points out how he must observe the 2003 Cubs season from afar as a columnist for the Kansas City Star The phone calls and texts from friends living it up during a magical run towards a division title prove to be too much for him when he decides to do what many of us probably would not have done leaves a steady job to go and watch baseball He arrives back in Chicago and moves in with a couple of friends just a few blocks to the north and west of the Friendly Confines Ultimately we find out Kaduk attends sixty two of the Cubs 81 home games during the 2005 season Having never purchased a ticket in advance for any game he details his season long trials and tribulations with scalpers on Sheffield the Ballhawks on Waveland and a supporting cast of uniue if not friendly characters who call Wrigleyville home For one season all he wants do is watch baseball And consume an obscene amount of alcohol Most would argue this was one of the most half baked ideas imaginable Now while it s certainly not something I would have done I admire Kaduk s desire He actually found a way to go through with it Let s face it jumping ship to experience Wrigleyville in what could possibly be a special season was a pipe dream at best The team had never put together three consecutive winning seasons so the odds were already against him He went anyway no regretsHe never does reveal exactly how much money he leaves Kansas City with though at one point he uips he s surviving on his book advance which was 50 worth in food stamps a Cubs painter s cap and a gift tin of popcorn It had to have been a fairly significant advance for this book otherwise he s charging himself into an unfathomable amount of credit card debt From Opening Day to the final out in September Kevin Kaduk never held a job nor did he have the desire to attain gainful employment I still can t wrap my head around this regardless of which scenario is indeed accurate Whatever advance he was awarded for this book diminished rapidly to have afforded 62 home games routine trips to Murphy s and the Full Schilling and an east coast road trip to see six additional ball games Naturally as I am want to do I digressThe Cubs hang around the Wild Card Race until roughly Labor Day as THEY are want to do before fading away with the warm Chicago summer The 2005 Cubs down the stretch go as cold as the brisk autumn wind blowing in off Lake Michigan Listen as long as I ve personally been a fan of this club I reached a certain point where I trade in my tin foil hat and pie in the sky hopes of a playoff berth with a sense of wellrationale It s not as if we the Wrigley Faithful are bad fans and give up so easily Honestly who wants to sit in the bleachers on a Saturday in September and cling to the last straw of hope that they re only 10 games out of the Wild Card with 12 games to go It s not over First of all Saturdays in September were made for watching college football another staple of the Wrigleyville establishments Second if I m caught in Wrigley in September for whatever reason while I do enjoy a good game of baseball anytime it s better for me to enjoy it for what it is and not occupy my brain with wild card standings Not yet at least We have to be sensible about these things Don t use your life as a bargaining chip for just one World Series Screw it I love the Cubs and nothing would bring me joy than to see that day come but if I live 90 years on this earth and it never happens like Jimmy Stewart it was still a wonderful life It s a game I ll get over it eventuallyKevin Kaduk seems like the kind of guy you would love to have a beer with at Murphy s post game or talk about baseball on a hot July day in the bleachers He gets it A knowledgeable reasonable Cub fan my favorite The book is separated into chapters but also into sub chapters so to speak designated by homestand He and I share the same worst moment of that season I had to laugh when I read it The day Brad Hawpe and the Colorado Rockies pretty much broke Mark Prior It hurts me to talk about Mark Prior and the wasted potential that it likely hurt Mark Prior when he was injured that day I absolutely loved watching him pitch He played a pivotal role in that 2003 season when well you know how that NLCS plays out And if you don t well I think you re a liar I don t want to talk about it Forget it In any case I find it ironic that catastrophic event took place against the Rockies who two seasons later would find themselves in the World Series for reasons unbeknownst to anyone What s ironic is that I gradually grew to be a Rockies fan before I ultimately moved to Colorado The Rockies are a fun team to watch at Coors though mostly harmless to their NL brethren in a typical season Sometimes it feels like I m cheating on the Cubs with the Rockies Many friends have posed the uestion if the Cubs and Rockies clashed in the NLCS who would I side with I scoff at the proposal because it s not even remotely close to being plausible at this point but if I have to answer it s the Cubs Every time There s a point where Kaduk is attending a series against the Cardinals sitting next to a man with his two year old son dressed to the nines in Cubs attire Onesie Beanie Passafire Sidebar I will NEVER be that parent Mostly because I m fairly certain that would be considered child abuse in some circles The author has a brief thought of whether or not it would be a good idea to expose his own children to the Cubs Sometimes I play that game I have to say though I ll likely be that parent that inevitably let s my kids make their own choices Within reason This particular chapter and leading up to the end made me think of how I was baited into this hopeless endeavor of Cub fandom I remember a couple pieces of games when my family still lived in South Bend My first real memory that will remain ingrained in my mind forever came when I was about eight It was not of Mark Grace nor Sammy Sosa Not even Ryne Sandberg RHINE not RYAN No my first Cub memory was on Opening Day of 1994 when Karl Tuffy Rhodes etched himself in Cub lore by hitting three home runs in that game He would only hit three the rest of that season but ask anyone in Wrigleyville about Tuffy Rhodes and they ll tell you why he remains famous 20 years later I m fairly certain one of those landed on Waveland Avenue and then it was all over I was hooked I thought that was the coolest thing ever in my eight years of being alive Small sample size If I could could back and say something to my eight year old self I could tell him NO Don t do it you ll hate everything Get out while you can Or I could tell him no matter how bad this team could ever be it s all going to be worth it some day and you ll never trade it in for anything I ve been to 11 MLB parks While my beloved Coors Field is the most aesthetically pleasing to the eye none of them will ever capture the allure the comfort the ambiance or the full baseball experience like Wrigley Field It s true No day at Wrigley Field is ever a wasted day We will always be the butt of jokes from spoiled Cardinal fans delusional Brewers and Red fans and brainless White Sox fans Yet for me it will never matter The north side as Kaduk writes is always the place to be every summer win or lose I m in this for the long haul because of baseball Because of Tuffy Rhodes Because of beers with friends in the bleachers Harry Ryno Gracie Ron Santo Fergie Ernie Billy Because of that day in the bleachers with dad against the Reds Because of new friendships with total strangers Because of the moments and family I can share those moments withKaduk s season and story ends at Murphy s with friends despite the disappointing 79 83 record I d like to think as he toasts to next year he wants his audience to believe in that In everything about the Cubs To remember that for better or worse you re either with us or against us To next year we toastWe raise our cups in the airOur hopes for the Cubs have hopped a train to next February and the promise of Spring Training No doubt we ll catch up with them there They may not be successful They may fade in September again Or August But that team that feeling that emotional rollercoaster will always be there when we need it I think it s only fair that we re always there for them As the old adage goes Wait til next year Murphy s will be there Kevin Kaduk will be there Danette Stille will be there Dad will be there in spirit And I will most definitely be there Nothing will ever change that To next year

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Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood characters Ø 100 Wrigleyville the idiosyncratic neighborhood that has sprung up around Wrigley Field This is a rollicking adventure of baseball blind faith and America's pastime as it's played in America's heartla Interesting look at a baseball season focused on the Chicago Cubs and the culture surrounding the team

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Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood characters Ø 100 That in a fit of loyalty to his Lovable Losers he uit his job as a sportswriter in Kansas City and moved back to the Windy City on a uest to find the heart and soul of what has come to be known as p 82 We last until the eighth inning and then retire to a television with pints of Bass in the warm confines of the Shillingp 86 Every so often a jackass will rise from his seat and announce to his section that he ll be watching the rest of the game from Murphy s or Slugger s or wherever even if it s only the fifth or sixth inningNot even baseball can keep him from bellying up to the barHate to break it to you Mr Kaduk but I think you might be that jackass

  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood
  • Kevin Kaduk
  • English
  • 21 July 2020
  • 9780451218124

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    Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] I went back and forth on this book so much On the surface a book on a guy trying to attend as many Cubs games as possible in a season would be a must read for me There was the added interest that the season in uestion 2005 is also

  2. says: Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à Kevin Kaduk Kevin Kaduk à 0 review

    Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] Gather ‘round and I shall regale you with a tale about a little place on the north side of Chicago She’s one of the most beautiful things

  3. says: Summary Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood Kevin Kaduk à 0 review Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book]

    Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à Kevin Kaduk A fantastic read about another typical lackluster Cubs season and the importance of the neighborhood surrounding its walls Casual fans will get nothing from Kaduk's tales from the season but diehards and true fans will eat them up like I did 2005 holds a special place in my heart and always will Why is this when the season meant nothing but futility like so many others before and after it 2005 was the first time I finally set foot in Wrig

  4. says: Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book]

    Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] Let me start by saying I am a baseball purist I love reading books about baseball players teams and stories from the fan's perspective That s

  5. says: Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] Summary Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood

    Summary Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] p 82 We last until the eighth inning and then retire to a television with pints of Bass in the warm confines of the Shillingp 86 Every so often a jackass will rise from his seat and announce to his section that he'll be watching the rest of the game from Murphy's or Slugger's or wherever even if it's only the f

  6. says: Summary Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book]

    Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] A decent read for this genre but I couldn’t get past how sophomoric it sounds at times Can’t help wondering if I’d feel differently about it if I read it in 2006 instead of 2018 or at age 26 instead of 44 though

  7. says: Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à Kevin Kaduk Kevin Kaduk à 0 review Summary Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood

    Summary Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] Interesting look at a baseball season focused on the Chicago Cubs and the culture surrounding the team

  8. says: Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] Kevin Kaduk à 0 review Summary Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood

    Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] I read Wrigleyworld by Kevin Kaduk on a flight to Belgium Boy was that the fastest flight to Europe I've ever had His book is positioned right at the intersection of the variant disciplines of writing for books in long fo

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    Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à Kevin Kaduk Kevin Kaduk à 0 review Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] After reading this book you should be able to name the year the Cubs last won the World Series hint it was before you were born name the 4 streets that border Wrigley Field identify the following Ronnie Woo Wild Bill Holden ballhawks Steve Bartman and what announcer has a statue just down the street from Wrigley's main entrance name at least 3 or 4 famous Cubs players The author took a year off to do almost nothing except watch

  10. says: Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à Kevin Kaduk Kevin Kaduk à 0 review

    Wrigleyworld A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood [E–pub/E–book] Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à Kevin Kaduk Kevin Kaduk à 0 review This is an absolute truthful portrayal of the whole atmosphere surrounding the phenomenon that is the Chicago Cubs and the area that has gentrified into a Summer playpenIt is an absolute joy to read and I am sure fans in other areas of the Nation still can not comprehend what all this hoopla is all aboutCertain books gi

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