Andre Dawson, National Gummi Worm Appreciation Day

Can you yell at a Hall of Famer from the upper deck and have him wave back at you?

How much info can you fit onto a scorecard?

Do worms celebrate National Gummi Worm Appreciation Day?

What does the world’s giantest pretzel named Pretzilla look like?

All these questions are answered from a game at Wrigley Field on Friday, July 15th.

Youtube (Andre Dawson waves at my brother at the 24-second mark.):

Flickr (my scorecard):

Chicago Cubs scorecard from July 15, 2011 - Wrigley Field

My detailed scorecard from the Cubs win over the Florida Marlins on 7/15/2011. Highlights of this game include:

  • Cubs win 2-1
  • Carlos Marmol comes in the day after blowing a two-run lead in the 9th. He walked four straight batters in that game. In this game, he walked his first batter and then gave up a single and run.
  • Marlon Bryd makes a great play, throwing out Hanley Ramirez, trying to stretch his single into a double. (the same single that Marmol gave up)
  • Hanley Ramirez got his 1000th career hit (the same one where he got thrown out trying to make it into a double).
  • Carlos Pena strikes out three times
  • The only two Cubs runs came from a Marlin blooper as the ball drops between RF Mike Stanton and 2B Omar Infante
  • No player had more than one hit other than Marlon Byrd.
  • Emilio Bonifacio continues his hitting streak to 14 games.

Other notes:

  • ANDRE DAWSON waves at Erik before the game—Erik yells from the upper deck.
  • WWE superstar wrestler and Chicago native, CM Punk throws out the first pitch (bounces it)
  • National Gummi Worm Appreciation Day (not officially celebrated or acknowledged by the Cubs, but celebrated by me and my out-of-office message)
  • We were going to meet at the Harry Caray statue, but they moved it to the bleachers. Erik and I ran into each other on the way to the new location. This was Erik’s first time riding the CTA since his Museum of Contemporary Art internship in 1996! It was so hot when we sat down at 11:30am. We were in the sun. HOT HOT. We got up and walked around.
  • We found out that the seats at the very top for 9 of the upper deck next to the broadcast booth were nice—in shade and breeze. While in the upper deck, Erik got Andre Dawson to wave. I have a video of it on Youtube.
  • Post-game: We walked to Paper Source, and I got thank you cards for Spudart. Then we walked to the Southport train station.
  • Attendance 38,391
  • Food pre-game: Erik brat. Matt foot-long bison buffalo hot dog. Erik: Diet Pepsi. Erik: giant huge pretzel named Pretzilla.
  • Food fifth inning: chocolate malt cups.
  • Gummi worms through the game.
  • The chocolately goodness as served from a gravel-voiced vendor who wanted a tip. The chocolate malt ended up tasting like chemicals and never melted.

Flordia Marlin players in this game:

  • Emilio Bonifacio 3B
  • Omar Infante 2B
  • Gaby Sanchez 1B
  • Hanley Ramirez SS
  • Logan Morrison LF
  • Mike Stanton RF
  • Mike Cameron CF
  • John Buck C
  • Brett Hayes C
  • Ricky Nolasco RHP
  • Greg Dobbs PH
  • Bryan Peterson PR
  • Burke Badenhop RHP
  • Randy Choate LHP

Chicago Cubs in this game:

  • Kosuke Fukudome RF
  • Starlin Castro SS
  • Aramis Ramirez 3B
  • Carlos Pena 1B
  • Marlon Byrd CF
  • Geovany Soto C
  • Alfonso Soriano RF
  • Darwin Barney 2B
  • Ryan Dempster RHP
  • Carlos Marmol RHP
  • Sean Marshall LHP

Erik’s scorecard (on Flickr)

Wrigley Field Cubs scorecard 07/15/2011

Erik says on his Flickr:

My brother scored free tickets from work because they love him over there. He invited me to be his guest. Thanks, Matt.

Personal highlights:

Before the game, Matt and I were walking around the park to stay out of the intense sun beaming down on our seats. While walking the upper deck I told Matt how the players on the field can hear fans from the upper deck. He didn’t believe me. I explained how a few years ago I yelled to then-manager-of-the-Marlins Joe Girardi, “Hey, Joe! Come manage the Cubs the next year!”. He turned around and waved.

Then I saw Hall-of-Famer Andre Dawson standing behind the Marlins batting practice cage. (Dawson has ties with the Marlins organization.) I yelled, “Hey Hawk!” Dawson turned and waved. It was awesome.

I think part of the secret to this technique is to have a bunch of empty seats in the ball park. Sound travels better in Wrigley when there’s plastic seats for the sound to bounce off.

Another highlight was sharing the North Side Twist Pretzel with my brother. A partial outline of this monster is shown on my scorecard.

Also, this is the first time in about 15 or 20 years that I took public transit to the game. This was per the suggestion of my non-car-owning brother. It was a good experience and I’ll do it again.

Facebook (photos):

Wrigley Field July 15, 2011

Tumblr (my out of office message):


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12 years ago

Hawk rules.

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