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#1swisher
02-27-2014, 11:58 AM
Today 2:00 CT WGN



http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/21585/thursdays-lineup-cactus-league-opener?ex_cid=espnapi_public

#1swisher
02-27-2014, 06:24 PM
Chicago Cubs ‏@Cubs (https://twitter.com/Cubs) 2h (https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/439160396533215232)

That's a record! #Cubs (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Cubs&src=hash) Park's opening game sets the all-time Cactus League attendance mark at 14,486. Thanks for your support, Cubs fans!

DrCrawdad
02-27-2014, 07:23 PM
Chicago Cubs ‏@Cubs (https://twitter.com/Cubs) 2h (https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/439160396533215232)

That's a record! #Cubs (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Cubs&src=hash) Park's opening game sets the all-time Cactus League attendance mark at 14,486. Thanks for your support, Cubs fans!

Winning Attendance Trophies and popularity contests are near and dear to Cubbie fans so they've got to be thrilled.

robertks61
02-27-2014, 07:27 PM
Nice ballpark, better facilities than Wrigley. They should move there.

Domeshot17
02-27-2014, 07:32 PM
Be sad if their ST numbers outdraw the Sox april average

TDog
02-28-2014, 11:13 AM
Winning Attendance Trophies and popularity contests are near and dear to Cubbie fans so they've got to be thrilled.

The thing is, huge crowds detract from the spring training experience. I never saw any exhibition games in Florida, but I have been to a lot of Cactus League games. As the parks got bigger and the crowds got bigger and they started charging more money, the experience became less worthwhile.

Maybe it's different for people visiting spring training to avoid the cold. Such fans bring their own vacation experience to the game. But you're not there to see your team win or lose. (Really, if they lose you're disappointed and if they win there's the feeling they should have saved that for games that count.) The fun of spring training is seeing your favorite big-leaguers and upcoming stars in intimate, tiny ballparks

At least it used to be. Maybe it still is in relative terms. But if I really don't see the point of going to a spring training game with 14,000 other people.