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Soxfanspcu11
07-02-2006, 06:45 AM
My friend and I were lucky enough to have tickets for the game yesterday (Saturday) and I must say that that game was not only one of the best games I have EVER seen, but one of the best experiences of my life!

Our tickets were in section 506, but we never actually sat in our seats. We spent the entire game standing in the lower concourse, against the fence, along the 3rd base line. The intensity level was so high that we just couldn't bring ourselves to actually sit down.

After the cubs took their 2-0 lead in the first, we were the targets of some incredible taunting. It was as if the cubs had just beaten us in game 7 of the World Series. My friend and I never responded to the insults thrown at us, we just wanted to watch the game. However, I can tell you that the things that some "fans" said to us were simply unbelievable! The tone was such that it seemed as if this game was the biggest and most important game that was ever played at wrigley. I have never seen so much desperation from "fans" in my life.

Around the 4th inning, my friend and I started talking to 2 cubs fans who were actually REAL fans. They knew their teams history, their new their stats, they knew their division, etc. All 4 of us were having a surprisingly good time talking baseball. However, our conversation was sporadically interupted by cubs fans telling us to "go to hell", "get out of our stadium" and "go back to the ghetto". The guys we were talking to were really cool though, they had our backs completely. They told those cub "fans" to show some class and watch the game. There was even a point when they nearly came to blows with some cub "fans" for their moronic behavior. Although our allegiances were completely different, it was very nice to talk to them about baseball, we had a great time talking about all things baseball. When the cubs scored or made a nice play, they would cheer, when the Sox did the same, we would cheer, it was all in good fun.

Fast forward to the 9th inning, the cub fans we were talking to decided that they were sick of standing and decided to move up to a row of the MANY seats that were now open. Honestly, as soon as the 9th started, I would say that there were AT LEAST about 10,000 scattered empty seats. The best thing about that though was of all the people who left, 99% were cubs fans, thinking the game was over or getting a quick jump over to the bars, or doing whatever it is cubs fans do, who knows.:rolleyes:

Fast forward even more, top 9, 2 outs, no one on base, 6-5 cubs. We are still standing in our original spot, the cubs fans are going nuts, plenty of true "fans" showing their incredible class by making sure we saw them flipping us off. Everyone is standing, all the Sox fans (and there were PLENTY) including me and my friend are just standing still, with this sort of quiet confidence. It really was amazing to see when you looked around, you had all these cub fans screaming, yelling, jumping around, and then you see the Sox fans, eyes glued to the field, watching every second. After Gload's single, all the Sox fans in our section gave a slight clap, comparable to a golf clap. It was almost as if we were all saying, "Okay, nice hit, nicely done, keep the line moving". The cub fans on the other hand were continuing their lovely behavior. The screams of, "It's just one ****ing hit!!!" "You guys are going down" and the like continued. I even heard some fratboy yell, "That's okay Ryan!, Set them up for the double play!!!" Again, as we all know, 2 outs.:?: You really can't make this stuff up if you tried.

So then Dye walks. During his AB, the cubs fans believed that EVERY single pitch thrown to him was a strike, but what do you expect? Again, all the Sox fans give the same confident golf-clap.

So AJ walks up to the plate, and the stadium has now turned into a Scottish soccer stadium, cub fans yelling, **** this and **** that, Sox fans yelling, "Come on AJ, make it hurt!" At this point, the cheering was now even, you could not tell who the home team was. The tension was so incredibly high, you could feel it running through your body. Us, and other Sox fans were yelling to AJ, "Come on baby, just a little base hit". And then...........it happened.

Watching the replays on the news afterwards, it was no doubt it was gone. However, seeing it live was a completely different story. When AJ made contact, you could see that the ball was popped, but everything happened in slow motion. There were so many thoughts running through my head, "Did he hit it too high?", "Will it stay fair?". Obviously, this all happened in a split second, but it seemed as if time had frozen. It was like watching the ball in super slow motion. I can not even begin to describe the INCREDIBLE RUSH that came over me when I saw the ball leave his bat, for about half a second or so, the place went DEAD quiet. cubs fans, Sox fans, we all stood there, completely transfixed on the ball. Another half second later and it was clear that the ball was going to leave the park. You guys, CAN NOT BELIEVE what it was like. Again, it seemed like everything was in slow motion. All I remember was jumping in the air, I swear I must have gotten about 4 feet up, I felt like I was floating, I thought my feet would never again touch the ground. As the ball disappeared into the right-field sky, I got one of, if not the best natural high EVER. It was comparable to Paulie's slam in the Series last year. The thing that made it different and unique though, was the fact that it was 50/50 Sox/cubs fans. I have NEVER in my life, experienced the emotions and energy that occurred in that stadium and that very moment.

This sounds stupid, but I didn't feel like I was alive. It was like an out of body experience, I could not believe what I was seeing. It's so incredibly hard to try and explain the emotions simply typing them out, but you guys, I'm telling you, it was something that I will NEVER EVER forget! I wish that every Sox fan could have been there to experience that moment. I was at Comiskey on Sunday when Iguchi hit the slam with 2 outs to tie Houston, and the place EXPLODED. If any of you guys were there that night, recall that feeling, and multiply it by 10, no joke.

As soon as it was completely obvious that the ball had left, wrigley just EXPLODED! The emotions that were coming out of everyone were so intense, it felt like the world was coming to an end. I can't even come close to explaining the feeling. I bear hugged my friend, there were 3 Sox fans to our right, a father, mother and about an 8 year old kid. We all had this incredible group hug. I had my hand around the kid and tears started pouring from his eyes while he was screaming, "Dad! Dad! Oh my God Oh my God!!!!" The dad's eyes began to get watery as well but he never actually let a tear go.

That moment, frozen in time is one of the greatest things I have EVER experienced. I thought about it afterward, that kid is going to pass that story on to his kids one day, and that story will never die.

After that, a larger group of about 6 or 7 Sox fans came over and hugged us, it was the most amazing experience. Here you have a group of about 12 people, who have NEVER met, embraced in this one unbelievably amazing moment. I thought I was going to pass out, I became so incredibly light-headed, none of it seemed real.

It's only now that I look back on it and realize how amazing it was. I know it may seem like I am over-embellishing. I know some people will read this and say, "Geez, it's just a game, settle down". But all things considered, the whole situation, the scenario, the fact that the Sox were as far against the wall as possible, the fact that we (Sox fans) were being taunted incredibly. All of that, everything, put together made for one of the most AMAZING experiences of my life!

GOD I LOVE THIS TEAM!

SOXfnNlansing
07-02-2006, 07:25 AM
What a good read that was. I've had alot of great memories from past games myself, but I think I can understand what you're saying. Watching THAT game at home on tv was surreal even for watching it on tv.

AJ was like the wrecking ball for the 2006 Chicago cubs (nl).

Thome25
07-02-2006, 07:32 AM
THANK YOU for the amazing descripton of yesterday's game. Your story provided those of us who couldn't be there or live out-of-state with a chance to feel what it was like to actually be there for that unbelieveable finish!!

MrRoboto83
07-02-2006, 08:51 AM
How you described your emotions there is how I felt when I was at the game last Sunday when Iguchi hit that grand slam to tie the game. I was jumping up and down going crazy. I love the feeling and I have a feeling there will be a lot more to come.

k2wilson
07-02-2006, 08:55 AM
Awesome story there Soxfanspcu11.:tongue: Heh, heh, heh......Cubs suck*.....heh, heh, heh.


*Cubs fans suck too. :supernana:

soxfan43
07-02-2006, 09:01 AM
Yesterday was definititely the best sox cubs game I've seen at Wrigley and the best since lee's walk off slam a few years ago. We were in sec 209 and there were a lot of sox fans in the section, not too many vocal cub fans except for this guy sitting next to me who was running his mouth all game. Everytime the sox scored and I would cheer or yell, he'd just say man you sox fans like to run your mouths. Then after jone's hit that homer he was all over the sox fans in our section but as soon as AJ went yard, he looked over at us, lowered his head and filed out of that dump as quick as he could. Great game, great day gotta love White Sox baseball. I haven't been this confident about a team since MJ, scottie and the bulls tore up the NBA.

SOXfnNlansing
07-02-2006, 09:12 AM
Awesome story there Soxfanspcu11.:tongue: Heh, heh, heh......Cubs suck*.....heh, heh, heh.


*Cubs fans suck too. :supernana: here's a typical fan:bandance:

CaptainBallz
07-02-2006, 09:22 AM
:thumbsup: You hit the nail on the head. I will have to say that I lucked out where I was in the bleachers. The Cubs fans were good spirited and all the ribbing was good natured.

Funniest thing was when Eyre came in, I didn't hear it announced and I see a #47 (??? Don't know the Flubs by the numbers?)on the mound. I turn to all the Cubs fans around me and ask, "Who'd they put on the hill?" I kid you not, NOT A SINGLE CUBS "FAN" KNEW. One guy actually said "I don't know. I'm not here for the game.":?: In frustration I yell out, "Is there a Cubs fan that knows who's pitching right now?!" No response until (shocker) a Sox fan turns and says, "Scott Eyre".

Thank you, AJ. Thank You.

soxruleEP
07-02-2006, 09:27 AM
A great little essay! It's probably a better column than we'll read in any of the fishwraps on Sunday.

You're dead-on about that kid. When I was twelve, my dad took my brother and me to see the Syracuse Chiefs play the Rochester Redwings in the seventh game for Governor's Cup (championship of the AAA International League). The Chiefs' SS Frank Baker hit a homerun to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. My brother and I still talk about it thirty-eight years later.

You always love your team but you'll never love them the same way you did when you sat beside your father.

Dan H
07-02-2006, 09:35 AM
Fantastic account of a truly great Sox moment. You really brought that excitement to life for us who couldn't be there or even see it on TV. I heard it on my car radio and went nuts. But to be there and go through all those emotions had to be something. Thanks so much for letting us know what you went through. Cub fans were shown for the classless-know nothings that they are. The White Sox showed them there are 27 outs in a game not 26, that you have to execute in key situations, and that a closer is really that, a closer. (Cub fans need to look to Bobby Jenks for that experience.)

Thanks again. I loved reading this. It just doesn't get any better than this.

mark2olson
07-02-2006, 10:18 AM
Very well written. Your account captured the tension and release of the moment. Very well done!

MikeKreevich
07-02-2006, 10:19 AM
I loved your account of the game so much that I had to read it out loud to my wife. Thank You.

MarySwiss
07-02-2006, 10:24 AM
I loved your account of the game so much that I had to read it out loud to my wife. Thank You.

Yep, I just printed it out to read to my husband. Terrific story.

esbrechtel
07-02-2006, 10:34 AM
i also was at the game....my room mate in college is a huge cubs fan so when tix for the cubs went on sale he had class and begged me to buy tix for some good games for him....i told him the only condition is that i would get to go to the cubs sox game with him....so i sat at my computer all decked out in sox geat and got him some tix....fast forward to yesterday i went to the stadium with three cubs fans and was being heckled the whole time, there were like 5 sox fans total in my section.... when aj hit that home run my friend sitting next to me was like "i think im going to throw up....this is the worst loss of the season and to make matters worse the fans in the bleachers are making fools of them selves" (refering to the trash throwing incident) the whole time i said nothing and just looked around and clapped later on i told my buddies "i honestly dont care if we beat the cubs as long as we gain ground on detroit" i wish i was with some more sox fans it would have been better but it was a great game though

MadetoOrta
07-02-2006, 10:45 AM
Well-written piece. My 16 year old still remembers when I took him to a game [I think 1991 or '92] when Robin Ventura hit a game-winning grand slam. Some times I actually feel sorry for true cubs fans ...... uhhhhhh.. nevermind.

SoxandtheCityTee
07-02-2006, 10:47 AM
I even heard some fratboy yell, "That's okay Ryan!, Set them up for the double play!!!" Again, as we all know, 2 outs.:?: You really can't make this stuff up if you tried.


Great post, very moving -- and this part made me laugh out loud. So true!

GlassSox
07-02-2006, 11:50 AM
Excellent post and very well written.

Wife and I were there in 209 in piggy back seats. We were lucky as we sat next to "Cubs Fans" instead of "Frat Boys". We had a great time talking baseball and our interactions were friendly. The people next to us were embarassed over the trash issue and promptly left the game.

The experience was wonderful and the energy and Sox chanting as we filed out of our seats and into the street was fantastic. I thought WOW, is this post season?

I live in Lincoln Park and I wonder if it rained last night or is it crying from the Flubs Fans?

AJ for mayor

robiwho
07-02-2006, 12:05 PM
Great post. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I got goosebumps again just reading about it!

ArkanSox
07-02-2006, 12:09 PM
Thanks for the eye-witness report, Soxfanspcu11. This was a great read. Happy you and the kid were able to enjoy that type of memorable experience together.
GO SOX

voodoochile
07-02-2006, 12:17 PM
Great Post, it sounds like an incredible moment. Thanks for sharing it. You might want to contact Daver as a possible backup TBGR writer if you have time. That is exactly the kind of recap the site is looking for.

soxgirl617
07-02-2006, 12:23 PM
Thanks, Soxfanspcu11. I was also lucky enough to be at the game yesterday---and you put into words what I haven't been able to! I teared up reading your post. Absolutely fantastic feeling leaving the game. I am a North Sider, and I thoroughly enjoyed walking home!

For what it's worth, the fans around us were probably 40% Sox and 60% Cub fans. Relations were friendly....seemed like most of the Cub fans near us were "true fans", and knew what was going on. I didn't see any little Sox fans crying, but two adorable little Cub fans had their hearts broken. They were sobbing their eyes out (both probably about 7 or 8 years old).....I felt for them. (Come on, they are kids!) I remember crying my eyes out at 8 years old at a game with my dad, when a comeback failed.

iamkoza
07-02-2006, 12:49 PM
VEry good dexcription of that game! I happened to be there too thanks to tickets from my employer. I felt like a true cub fan since i was a tad too :gulp: by the end of it. But instantly after that ball left AJ's bat you knew it was long long long gone. Esepcially after thomes pop up homerun which i didnt even see because it looked like it was a pop-up after it left his bat.

I guess i waws lucky because there wasnt much cub-sox animosity around where i was sitting. I'm not sure if that was because it was a seaosn ticket holder section.

Seriosuly though, I've been to 9 games so far this year including:

AJ's 2 out game winning homer yesterday
Cub-sox fight
Podsednik GS
20 run game
Big hurt's 2 hr return, pablo's 2 out suicide squeeze game
Tad's 2 out game tying GS game

I've seen a lifetime of amazing games in a 3 month period :smile:

ChiSox Fan 68
07-02-2006, 01:00 PM
Wow, that's one of the best game recaps I've ever read on WSI. I'm completely choked up. Thanks for sharing such a great story.

Vernam
07-02-2006, 01:17 PM
Wow, that's one of the best game recaps I've ever read on WSI. I'm completely choked up. Thanks for sharing such a great story.Likewise . . . Hearing the call by Kenny Albert replayed, I was struck by how he didn't rise to the moment, not that I'd expect a national announcer to "get it." CSN just replayed the homer twice on the Sunday pre-game, first with Farmio's exultant call and second with Hughes and Santo sounding utterly despondent. That was better, but it took Soxfanspcu11's post to make me feel like I was there. :thumbsup:

Vernam

viagracat
07-02-2006, 01:24 PM
I went to Friday's game and although not as dramatic as yesterday's, the Uribe home run that iced the game was pretty emotional, as well as the final out. There was a kinship among the Sox fans in my section that was just so cool. Everyone was high-fiving and fist-bumping each other. That this happened in Wrigley Field made it even sweeter. :smile:

God I love being a 40-year Sox fan.

peeonwrigley
07-02-2006, 01:33 PM
Likewise . . . Hearing the call by Kenny Albert replayed, I was struck by how he didn't rise to the moment, not that I'd expect a national announcer to "get it." CSN just replayed the homer twice on the Sunday pre-game, first with Farmio's exultant call and second with Hughes and Santo sounding utterly despondent. That was better, but it took Soxfanspcu11's post to make me feel like I was there. :thumbsup:

Vernam
I saw the same thing you did on CSN. It sounded like someone actually woke Farmer up for the call, whereas poor Ronny sounded suicidal.

Anyways, I was at the game and it was glorious. I was fortunate enough to watch the game in a suite (through my girlfriends company). It was almost a perfectly even 50/50 split. The Cubs fans started chirping a little towards the end, all good natured, and then AJ did his thing. I had no doubt from the second it left the bat it was gone. A total no doubter from my view.

After the game when I was taking the lovely CTA bus home my brother called. He asked how the game I ended and I was like "you're ****ting me, I know you saw that." We played that a little back and forth, but he really had not seen it, he had to drive to a wedding and had to leave home right after Jock's HR. He can't stand listening to a Sox radio broadcast so he just waited a while and called me to find out the result.

I gave the whole ninth inning setup and then reported the climax of the story. I also filled him in on Jenks totally manhandling DLee with that filthy hammer. He was quiet for a second and then said, "That's the most beautiful thing I have ever heard."

Frankfan4life
07-02-2006, 02:14 PM
Thanks Soxfanspcu11 and all the others who posted their first-hand experiences about yesterday's game. I really enjoyed reading these great stories full of the sights, sounds and emotions of the game. I especially applaud those of you who stayed to the end of game in the face of ridicule and not knowing what the outcome would be.

WAY TO REPRESENT SOX FANS!! I'm proud of you!

3rdgensoxfan
07-02-2006, 02:20 PM
One of my best friends is a Cubs fan. We actually have some of the best baseball conversations. I've also enjoyed the games I've been to with him.

alohafri
07-02-2006, 02:57 PM
Excellent post and very well written.

Wife and I were there in 209 in piggy back seats. We were lucky as we sat next to "Cubs Fans" instead of "Frat Boys". We had a great time talking baseball and our interactions were friendly. The people next to us were embarassed over the trash issue and promptly left the game.



Great post! We were in 430 with friends of ours. I USED to think the wife was a real Cub fan, but not anymore. After AJ's home run, she said, "He just did more to hurt this city than anyone ever has." Hey, how about Ryan Dumpster who threw him a cookie? Those clowns in the outfield would have trashed the field no matter who hit the home run. It was a reaction to ANOTHER blown save by Ryan Dumpster.

Another great exchange: I went to the men's room after the second inning. Cub fan walks up next to me and says, "How do you Sox fans like our troughs?" I said, "That depends, how do you Cub fans like our trophy?" As predicted, no response.

Law11
07-03-2006, 03:27 PM
Thanks for that recap. I was in St. Louis for the weekend and was watching the game through 8 in a bar. Left and was driving back to the hotel and actually had the score on the radio down there. barley audible but good enough.

Top nine Gload is up and the radio signal goes out . Come's back Gload is on.
Then I hear Dye walk.. We pull up the hotel. Throw the keys to the Valet
and me and my wife sprint to the hotel bar where they luckily had the game on.

Cards fans everywhere as they were preparing for their game down the street with KC.

I come running in with my world champs shirt on and 2 guys yelled
let them through.

I literally walk in as Aj is coming to the plate.
And when he hit it I went nuts and the Cardinal fans were
laughing so hard saying how great it was to see the cubs get so close only
to lose it..

I missed having more sox fans to go crazy with but after seeing icuchi's
GS live last week then this I thought how much more of this can I take...

Great Job AJ..