Thursday, September 29th, 2011

My First Playoff Game

When the Chicago Cubs met the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2007 National League Division Series (NLDS), I had two tickets to Game 4 played at Wrigley Field. The tickets were given to me for free. No questions asked. Susan had a get-together that evening, so I was going to invite my cousin's husband. He was a Cubs fan who hadn't been to Wrigley Field. Not even for a regular season game.

Excellent, right? Wrong. The Cubs were swept in three games. We never made it the ballpark. That game was never played. Now, those two tickets collect dust in a box with my other ticket stubs. At auction, it might capture approximately the same value as a used ticket stub from any mid-1980s game against the Montreal Expos.

In 2003, I didn't get to any of the NLDS games against the Atlanta Braves, or National League Championship Series (NLCS) games against the Florida Marlins. I'm glad I didn't. That series ended in ugly fashion. Then 2008 rolled around. I attend any of the NLDS games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yes, another three game sweep.

Back in 1998, I did sit in the upper deck at Wrigley Field for the National League Wild Card Tiebreaker against the San Francisco Giants. Exciting, yes. But, tiebreakers are considered regular season games. All stats count toward regular season totals. Regardless, the Cubs won and advanced to the playoffs. Unfortunately, they were promptly dismantled by the Braves in three games. Plus, I was kid just a few years out of school. I spent all of my expendable cash on that one ticket.

This Sunday, that changes. Susan and I are headed to Miller Park for Game 2 of the NLDS between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers. Once all of the games were settled on Wednesday night, the Brewers learned that they would have home field advantage for the NLDS.

I cannot wait.

Ben H   Thursday, September 29, 2011
Have fun!

My wife was lucky enough to get tickets to game 2 against the Dodgers in 2008. It was the most frustrating game I've been to in my life. The Cubs defense looked worse than a high school team and they had no offense until the game was essentially over. I think every infielder made an error.
jef   Thursday, September 29, 2011
Jef, that series against the Dodgers was painful. I remember watching that game of TV. I swear I could hear crickets chirping.
Bill Pearch   Friday, September 30, 2011
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