I was beyond delighted to be able to attend the match-up between the Cubs and San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field on April 18th. The game was awesome and exciting. The weather… not so much. The temperature and and wind were my inspiration for this post. It was evident that much of the crowd that evening were clueless as how to prepare for a night game at Wrigley in April. We shook our heads at all the poor saps who had little more protection than a thin hoodie and the Cubs winter gloves that were given away at the gates. With such folk in mind, I present you with the following list…
Necessities for surviving 2° Cubs games with the wind whipping directly in your face:
1. Blankets. That’s blankets, pluralized. You will be happy to have more than one, and the heavier duty the better (a W flag is not, I repeat NOT a blanket.) You may feel bulky carrying them around, but, trust me, you will not regret it.A snuggie is not a bad idea, either. No, really.
2. “Little Hotties”, “Hot Hands”, “Toasti Toes”, or a similar product. These things are a gift straight from the heavens. Put them in your gloves or shoes to ward off numbness in your fingers and tootsies. They work like a charm. I recommend activating the packets early on, while you still have feeling in your fingers. It can be difficult otherwise.
3. Layers, layers, layers, and more layers. Also, layers. (I probably should have listed this one first.) Do you have long underwear? WEAR IT. Wear multiple layers on all parts of your person. Vanity will be the least of your concerns by the time the first pitch is thrown. Hats, hoods, scarves, gloves, mittens, socks (doubled, tripled… quadrupled, if there’s room in your shoes), pants (flannel or fleece lined would be great), sweaters, jackets, coats, etc., etc., You will find “too many layers” to be an oxymoron. Dress as if you were about to head on a mission to Antarctica and you will not dress amiss.
4. The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook. So you’ll know how to treat frostnip, frostbite, and hypothermia.
5. A smile. It probably sounds corny, but I earnestly believe that a good attitude can make all the difference. You’re at Wrigley Field! Watching the Cubs! It’s supposed to be fun! So make sure you’ve got a smile on underneath all those layers and enjoy the experience.
6. Starlin Castro. Because his ranginess and offensive prowess will warm your soul.
7. Tyler Colvin. To hit the walkoff double that ensures you go home home skipping and singing Go Cubs Go.