After Wednesday’s catbox and a not too flattering item about the Chicago Cubs, this columnist received a few emails from distraught Cubs fans, and a message (via her husband, Galen) from longtime Cubby (not from the Mickey Mouse Club) fan, Janet Wright.
To make amends, and just in time, came a survey of America’s top ten ballparks by ABC, not an acronym for All-time Baseball Critics, but the news service. Wrigley Field is right up there at number three as one of the best. And, officially on April 23, according to the Cubs, the old field will be 100 years old. Actually, back then, it was called Weeghman Park, and the gum guru William Wrigley didn’t become involved until 1922.
So, why April 23, 1914? I don’t know (surprised?), but the Cubs did win a World Series, way back when. How far back? Let’s just say that the same year the Cubs won it all, the Czar still ruled Russia and Hoover had just acquired the rights to the upright vacuum, and that wild duo, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were (supposedly) killed in Bolivia.
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Another anniversary…this time closer to home. Congrats to Farnesi’s bartender Pat Phelp (Sheesh, I hope that’s spelled right this time) and hubby Al for two decades of married bliss. Pat received a beautiful bouquet of orchids and displayed them on the back bar throughout her shift. The flowers, a rare and beautiful white and red laced cymbidium variety that originally were grown (not this bouquet) in China and the Himalayas will last a longtime, but not as long as the Phelp’s wonderful marriage...