By Grant Gierhahn ‘20

Nothing quite epitomizes summer’s exhilarating vibes more than a Cubs game from the stunning “Friendly Confines.” Wrigleyville’s permeating positivity, easygoing culture and attuned fanbase certify its atmosphere as one of the nation’s best.

For so many, baseball further enlivens an already exuberant season to begin with: summer. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies its societal encroachment, baseball enthusiasts, across Chicagoland and beyond, have been deprived of “America’s pastime.”

A Cubs game at Wrigley Field encompasses so much more than baseball, though. It’s an unforgettable, vibrant experience that fosters arguably the most loyal fanbase in the entire realm of sports. Wrigley is a historic, breathtaking venue; its renowned reputation is clearly well-earned.

The cheers of the crowd after a home run resembles music to my ears. Singing the famous “Go Cubs Go” anthem after a victory spreads smiles far and wide. A grilled hot dog, with caramelized onions of course, and a bag of Fisher peanuts signifies sentimental grub for me and a plethora of others.

Wrigleyville is my happy place. Nothing beats seeing the good guys in white and blue trot onto the field. The excitement sends chills down my spine.

This pandemic has managed to strip us of so many pleasures, in such little time. After America inevitably defeats this “invisible enemy,” the joys we previously took for granted will be endeared like never before.

To put it mildly, I can’t wait to watch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field when this is over.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to play ball!”