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Wrigley Field, after the apocalypse

Apr 17, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT

I’m watching the Braves-Phillies game. It’s 0-0 in the eighth, so these two teams are continuing to wave the banner of 1968. I have no problem with this, as I like these kinds of games. But it does give one little to write about. It’s a boring afternoon all around, really. I don’t have a problem with this either. We all gotta take some time for some nonsense.

Like this video, which I presume is old, but was tweeted into my timeline by Steph Rogers today, depicting what would happen to Wrigley Field in one of those “what if people all suddenly disappeared” scenarios:

Maybe that’s scary to some. Frankly, it’d be the most exciting thing to happen in Wrigley Field since, I dunno, 2003 or so.

  1. doctortyler - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Well, that’s interesting, to say the very least. Neat video. Thank you for posting.

  2. philsieg - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    You realize this might improve the Cubs’ chances of winning the Series.

    • icanhazblogs - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Word is still out on whether players would consider this an upgrade to the current facilities…..

      Renovate already please

  3. yosoyrorro - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    That would still be a better field than the O.co Coliseum of 2014

  4. rollinghighwayblues - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    It’s clips like these that make me wish I was lucking enough to be a narrator.

  5. digbysellers - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Buckthorn? Wasn’t he one of the 68 different 3rd baseman they’ve tried since Ron Santo?

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      But this Buckthorn has range ALL OVER THE INFIELD. think of the UZR on that sucker. Nothing is getting past this one.

    • billybawl - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      Actually, Bill Buckthorn was a hard hitting first baseman for the Cubs in the late 70s and early 80s, famous for the untamed ivy that took root above his eyes and below his nose.

  6. antaresrex - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    I didn’t realize there was a lower place for me to go today than, “The Cubs got shut out twice by the Yankees yesterday.” Thank you so much. What happened in 2003 was exciting in the same way that watching one’s house burn to the ground is exciting.

  7. jm91rs - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    The rooftop owners are going to be so happy when the termites take down that scoreboard.

  8. lanflfan - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    That looked like something from Jumanji.

  9. Tick - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Andre Dawson is trapped in there, somewhere.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Kerry Wood will still find him, and the WB will air it.

  10. jwbiii - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    My name is Joseph Ricketts, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sea of six flats
    Stretch far away.

  11. mazblast - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Do they still play the blues In Chicago
    When baseball season rolls around?
    When the snow melts away
    Do the Cubbies still play
    In their ivy-covered burial ground?
    When I was a boy
    They were my pride and joy
    But now they only bring fatigue
    To the land of the free
    And the home of the brave
    And the doormat of the National League
    –Steve Goodman, “A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request”

  12. historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    History Channel smh

  13. cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Now the country does not even boast a tree,
    As you see,
    To distinguish slopes of verdure, certain rills
    From the hills
    Intersect and give a name to, (else they run
    Into one)
    Where the domed and daring palace shot its spires
    Up like fires
    O’er the hundred-gated circuit of a wall
    Bounding all
    Made of marble, men might march on nor be prest
    Twelve abreast.

    And such plenty and perfection, see, of grass
    Never was!
    Such a carpet as, this summer-time, o’er-spreads
    And embeds
    Every vestige of the city, guessed alone,
    Stock or stone—
    Where a multitude of men breathed joy and woe
    Long ago;
    Lust of glory pricked their hearts up, dread of shame
    Struck them tame;
    And that glory and that shame alike, the gold
    Bought and sold.

    Now—the single little turret that remains
    On the plains,
    By the caper overrooted, by the gourd
    Overscored,
    While the patching houseleek’s head of blossom winks
    Through the chinks—
    Marks the basement whence a tower in ancient time
    Sprang sublime,
    And a burning ring, all round, the chariots traced
    As they raced,
    And the monarch and his minions and his dames
    Viewed the games.

    -Rober Browning, excerpt from Love Among the Ruins

    • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      You’re welcome for not being a Weisenheimer here.

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        Right. Thanks. I’m laden with pathos lately so I tend to fall for these long bleak paeans to that which is lost. Please ignore me.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        I didn’t say it. And I wasn’t even snarky. You have no idea how hard that was. It was like eating ice cream.

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        Oh please. You LIKE ice cream. EVERYONE likes ice cream. You don’t fool me.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        I have it once or twice a year. It is never my dessert of choice. It sits in the freezer forever.

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        I do research into smell and taste in preterm infants and how certain practices might be causing irreparable harm to a key sense in an infant. Tell me, when you taste something sweet, do you hide your feet?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        Look, if this is some kind of freaky Canadian thing…

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        Nope. Infants are given sweet solutions on a pacifier to reduce pain scores during IV starts and blood sampling. The side effect might be pairing sweet taste with pain and conditioned oral aversion disorder. One day, if you look it up, you’ll see my name all over the research on that

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        I can promise you I will never look that up. I was sickly when I was small, but I was not bribed with sweets when getting the needle. The doctor did promise my mom that it would be likely I would associate drugs with my illness and not experiment with/enjoy much…which was true.

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        Hows your sense of taste/smell?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Fine?

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        Pity. If there was a problem I’d totally sign you up for my study of grown ups with lifelong anosmia. You’d be fascinating.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Pathos makes you weird.

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        This is all pre-pathos. Part of my Masters Thesis

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        Yup, I picked the right field.

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        You probably did. Even if you are weird about ice cream.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        Read some Redneck Haiku. It will cheer you up.

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        Watching the Beaver Game. Jose Bautista just went yard. Dioner Navarro then hit one to the wall. I’m doing ok. Effin Rays got triple played by the EFFIN Yankees. Bummer.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        After I work out, I’m going to pop open the wines and watch our game from this afternoon. No work tomorrow!

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        I gotta work tomorrow. Have a good day off

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        It will be spent as always on Good Friday with Herr Bach and the Matthaus-Passion. neener neener

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        My day will be spent with Herr Seiman (who makes the life support machine my patient’s on) and Mr. Baxter who makes IV pumps. You win.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        For realz.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        What. The Hell. You were up last I looked. What happened?

      • cur'68 - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:40 AM

        Sucky pitching is what happened. One wild pitch after another. 8 walks, I hit. Unbelievable

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        And some would say I’m weird regardless

  14. deepstblu - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Next week: What happens to Wrigley if the dead rise from Graceland Cemetery.

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