As Alana Palmer ready to maneuver into her new residence in Wrigleyville, the 23-year-old had excessive hopes for a Chicago Cubs’ playoff run. She watched video games from her house in Nebraska, anticipating an thrilling game-day ambiance.
But she mentioned she’ll have to attend till subsequent 12 months to catch a recreation in individual after the staff’s playoff aspirations ended Saturday night time with a Miami Marlins’ victory over the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
“It’s kind of sad that they didn’t make the playoffs, but at least they’re close,” Palmer mentioned.
“We were really watching intently because it’s like, oh my gosh, you could be moving here when the Cubs could be making history, so we were watching all the Braves games and then the game yesterday where the Marlins were supposed to lose, but then they won,” added her mother, Amy Palmer, whereas the duo sipped beer outdoors on the sports activities bar Murphy’s Bleachers.
Some followers nonetheless headed to Wrigleyville on Sunday afternoon to cheer on the Cubs from afar throughout their final common season recreation in opposition to the Brewers in Milwaukee. A number of mourned the tip of the season, some made plans for subsequent 12 months and others determined to alter the channel to the Bears recreation — which additionally didn’t bode nicely for Chicago sports activities followers, because the Bears blew a 21-point lead for his or her 14th straight loss.
Cory Carson didn’t count on the Cubs to play nicely this season, so he mentioned a profitable file felt nice. Early final month, the Cubs had been 12 video games over .500 and within the second wild-card place, however they misplaced 14 of their subsequent 21 video games. The 32-year-old South Side resident mentioned he hopes they proceed to develop their youthful gamers and strengthen their pitching.
Carson mentioned he used to help the Detroit Tigers, however after shifting to Chicago a number of years in the past, he instantly turned a Cubs fan.
“When you move to Chicago, you can’t help but root for the Cubs,” he mentioned.
On Sunday, Carson joined a few associates at Murphy’s Bleachers. The bar was crammed as individuals ate, drank and watched varied baseball and soccer video games on flat-screen TVs.
“It’s great to see the Bears winning,” Carson mentioned at halftime after they had been up 21-0. ” It hurts that the Cubs, it doesn’t matter. It simply doesn’t matter whether or not the Cubs win or not.”
Karen and Trevor Eden mentioned they wished to expertise the American sports activities ambiance whereas on a piece journey from Canada, and though they’re Toronto Blue Jays followers, Wrigleyville appeared like the right place to go to. The couple rented bikes to discover town.
“I was hoping we could go to a game. If there would have been a game we would have gone,” Trevor Eden mentioned.
Decked out in shirts with the Bears’ brand, Greg and Kim Miller walked by way of Gallagher Way outdoors Wrigley Field, in search of a spot to observe the tip of the Bears recreation. The husband and spouse from Schaumburg mentioned they tried to observe the sport from Soldier Field, however the costs had been too excessive.
Kim Miller mentioned she’s rooted for the Cubs since she was a little bit lady.
“The very first experience of walking up and then seeing the field, it was just like awestruck,” she mentioned.
The duo mentioned they tried to “raise their kids right” however they sadly ended up Red Sox’ followers.
Win or lose, the 55-year-old mentioned she’ll at all times be a Cubs fan and that the video games are a enjoyable time. However, she mentioned she wouldn’t complain if Chicago groups gained extra.
“We’re such a classy, five-star city that we should be maintaining our World Series Cubs. We should be maintaining those players, we should be maintaining the ’86 Bears,” she mentioned. “Why are we breaking up a winning team? Why don’t we have a mainstay quarterback like the Packers, somebody who stays with the franchise so they win?”