The best day of the year is almost here—the Chicago Cubs’ 2013 Home Opener is Monday, April 8th! And even though the team has gone 104 years without a World Series championship, there is a rich history and a number of traditions surrounding the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field—keeping fans excited and showing up game after game.
“Tradition surrounds all of baseball,” the Bleacher Report wrote. “Whether it’s singing Sweet Caroline in Fenway Park or watching the President’s Race before a Washington Nationals game, anyone can feel the camaraderie and history at any baseball game.”
So the Bleacher Report listed five of the top traditions a Cubs fan—or a Chicago tourist—could find themselves involved in during a game at Wrigley Field:
It’s Gonna Happen
You’ve seen these signs at New York Mets and Boston Red Sox games. The sign first appeared in Wrigley in 2007, and soon after the slogan was on t-shirts all over the Windy City. “So far, it hasn’t changed the Cubs’ fate, but a glass-half-full attitude can’t hurt. Right?” the Bleach Report said.
White Flag Time at Wrigley
Dating back to 1937, any game at Wrigley where the Cubs win means a white flag will be hoisted in celebration. The Bleacher Report said, “It’s a special moment when the white flag adorned with a giant blue “W” finds its way to the top of the pole.”
Go Cubs Go
Known as the Cubs official victory song, Go Cubs Go was written by Steve Goodman in 1984. When the Cubs congratulate one another on the field, you can expect to hear this 28-year-old tune blaring throughout Wrigley.
Throw It Back!
“To catch a homerun ball is for most people a once in a lifetime opportunity,” the Bleacher Report said. “To catch a homerun ball at Wrigley Field hit by an opposing team, however, comes with some stipulations.”
While fellow fans pressure you to “throw it back,” all these thoughts of keeping the only homerun ball you’ll ever catch or being attacked by fans run through your head. “If you feel the ball is too tainted for you to touch, pass it to a kid down the aisle and create a lifelong baseball fan,” the Bleacher Report advised.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Broadcaster Harry Caray began this tradition when he came to the Cubs in 1982—he would sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch every game. When Caray passed away, the Cubs worked hard to keep the tradition alive, offering celebrities to lead the crowd during the seventh-inning tradition.
If you can’t make it to Wrigley for the Home Opener this Monday, there are plenty of games to attend this summer. And don’t worry about missing out on the traditions—they will be there game after game for many years to come.
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