Greetings from Wrigleyville, which for all practical purposes, is a Chicago suburb.
Walk around the park four hours before gametime and you can see what the fuss is about. The bars and restaurants are full, the sidewalks are packed. And, take your pick of street vendors.
The only other atmosphere like it is Fenway Park. Yankee Stadium, sort of, but it pales by comparison. Of the new parks, Camden Yards in Baltimore, tries to replicate the experience.
I hope CitiField can have this. That’s supposedly the purpose of getting rid of the chop shops. I wonder if it will because there’s no walk-up or walk-by traffic around the stadium. Who hops on the No. 7 train to hang around the park if they aren’t going to the game?
Here, Boston and Baltimore are inside the city, close to neighborhoods and businesses, so the local pubs and stuff can make it during the winter.
We’ll see if the Mets can have the same.