By Jackson Mendoza ‘23
Everybody has their happy place; mine is Wrigley Field.
On April 7, I took a trip to Wrigley Field to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Texas Rangers. On the mound for the Cubs was Marcus Stroman and on the mound for the Rangers was Nathan Eovaldi. The first pitch was scheduled for 1:20 p.m. on a beautiful, sunny day.
All you need to do is stand outside Wrigley Field, and you will start feeling the good vibes. The gorgeous stadium, the adoring fans, and the lovely weather all make for a wonderful day at the ballpark.
It is worth noting that the Cubs have never lost a game when I was in attendance. I have been to six games in the past year, and they have won every single game.
My undefeated record was on the line.
I was fortunate enough to get front-row seats in the left-field bleachers for this game. These seats gave me a perfect view of not only the game but my favorite player Ian Happ. I had the best seat in the stadium to watch Gold Glove and all-star left fielder Ian Happ do what he does best.
The feeling of being inside Wrigley Field for a 1:20 p.m. Friday is almost indescribable. It is a baseball experience like no other that you can not find anywhere else in the world.
The bleachers were packed, the weather was immaculate, and the Cubs were winning.
It does not get any better than that.
In the 8th inning, there was a fly ball to left field that Ian Happ caught for the final out of the inning. If you were watching on TV, you would have seen me in the front row ready to catch the ball in case it came to me.
Senior Nick Topor said, “I was watching the game and asked myself ‘Is that Jackson?’”
The final score of the game was 2-0 and I kept my undefeated streak alive.
Senior Adrian Penuelas said, “If Jackson goes to every game, the Cubs might win the World Series!”
Wrigley Field is a special place, especially to me. I feel very fortunate to be able to attend Cubs games and look forward to it every baseball season.