« The Case of the Curse of The Cramps | Main | "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request": The Story Behind the Song »

Bill Mitchell’s Day Out

By Bill Mitchell

It was the late 60s. I met Steve at his house and off we went in his big ‘ol Caddy. We were pointed toward Wrigley Field; Opening Day.

Arriving at Clark and Addison, Steve gave the keys to a Chicago Police officer and told him to take care of the car until we returned from the game. Now, there would be endless security and identification checks, but this was a different time. It was a warm, sunny day, mid-60s, unusual for Opening Day, so there was a good crowd.

Bill Mitchell
Tickets? Steve didn't have tickets; he had a plan! We headed for this small side door and along with some reporters and a couple local celebrities walked through the pass gate, said "hello" to everyone in our path, and wished the Cubs good luck. They all seem to know Steve. He looked the part: tall, tan, camelhair sports coat and turtleneck, very chic, a 60s sheik. He looked like someone that belonged in baseball--broadcasting, marketing, management, or something. Anyway, he just looked like he belonged. Through the gate we went.

Lunch? Steve led me up to the Pink Poodle, the name of the Cubs private press lounge inside Wrigley Field, catering to those people that belonged. Me, I just tagged along, expecting to be challenged and then escorted out to Clark Street.

That didn't happen. Opening Day is just that, and I guess the staff wasn't expecting people that didn't belong. We ate a great buffet lunch, and then went out on the field behind home plate. That’s right: we merely walked down through the box seat section, to the field level gate, opened it, walked through. There we were. This was during batting practice for the Cardinals. I couldn't stop laughing. A stray ball rolled by Steve's foot; he picked it up, and promptly had Tim McCarver, the Cards catcher, autograph it.

Now for seats!!! Of course we didn't have any seats, but that just appealed to Steve’s creative side. Up we went to the broadcast area, a catwalk with glassed-in booths for the TV and radio personnel. Past Jack Brickhouse, past Ray Scott, on to the next booth, which was vacant, not yet swept out from the previous Bears game in December. Steve called out to the Andy Frain usher, "Get some chairs in here," adding, "and bring us some beers and hot dogs too." They complied, because it looked like we belonged, didn't we?

Soon after that, though, the people that really did belong showed up at our box. As it turned out they were from an advertising agency in the city, one that my sister happened to work for. Did they know Marie Mitchell? Sure, they knew her. Soon we were one big happy group.

The game? I don't remember who won. We left and Steve's car was waiting for him at the corner; he tipped the officer accordingly. On the way back home Steve commented on what a fun day we had and wanted to know if I wanted to go to that night's Black Hawks game!!!

Bill Mitchell, a sales rep for North American Press in Streamwood, is a Guest Loser. Bill has been a Chicago Cubs fan all his life, played catcher throughout school, and coached his son's baseball team for many years later. He attended University of Wisconsin on a wrestling scholarship. His son shares his love of the Cubs and they have many adventures to relate of great trips to Wrigley Field together.

Posted on Monday, April 21, 2008 at 07:25PM by Registered CommenterLovable Losers Literary Revue in , | Comments6 Comments | References2 References

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (2)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    AJ\'s Sports Blog American Legends AOL Fanhouse ArmchairGM Awful Announcing Awful Officiating Bad Braves Fan Bad Idea Blue Jeans Ball Deep Sports Baseball Musings Beer Leaguer Bench Renaldo Best Athletes By The Numbers Bevo Sports BfloBlog Big Ten Wonk Blah, blah, blah Boilermaker Banter Bruin Sports Buckeye Commentary Chicks Dig the ...
  • Response

Reader Comments (6)

<h1>wholesale designer clothes</h1> inexpensive
<h1>wholesale designer purses</h1> Price
<h1>nike shox nz</h1> unique features of the system
<h1>cheap designer purses</h1> cheap designer purses
<h1>chanel on sale</h1> chanel on sale
<h1>coach outlet online</h1> coach outlet online
<h1>coach outlet online</h1> coach outlet online
<h1>chanel on sale</h1> for you save many money
<h1>louis vuitton outlet stores</h1> louis vuitton outlet stores
<h1>cheap coach</h1> can not miss the opportunity!
<h1>gucci outlet stores</h1> gucci outlet stores
<h1>louis vuitton online</h1> louis vuitton online
<h1>lv online</h1> lv online
<h1>gucci outlet stores</h1> gucci outlet stores
<h1>chanel stores</h1> chanel stores
<h1>coach outlet stores</h1> coach outlet stores
<h1>prada online</h1> prada online
<h1>replica louis vuitton</h1> replica louis vuitton
<h1>replica coach handbags</h1> replica coach handbags
<h1>chanel stores</h1> comfortable with it

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzgxz

Der Winter ist immer in der Nähe moncler jacken online unwissentlich, das ist unser meist gehasste Saison. moncler onlineTage der heulende Wind kann nicht tragen moncler online shop dünne Kleidung, es sei denn, Sie Superkräfte genug, um der Kälte zu moncler schweizwiderstehen. Dann gibt es die Wahl dieser Sterne moncler jacken sind die meisten gehorsam moncler jackenDaunenjacke warmen warm zu halten oder? Manche Sterne moncler shop völlig resistent gegen den kalten Nordwind pfiff in den nächsten moncler onlineTagen weiterhin dünne Kleidung aus und Bo Popularität zu tragen, moncler jacke und manche Sterne können die meisten gehorsam warme Daunenjacke wählen warm zu halten. Kurze Daunenjacke ordentlich und stilvoll. In einem solchen kalten Winter wird die Wärme der wichtigste, aber eine einfache Atmosphäre der langemoncler online shop Daunenjacke werden Sie in der Menge lassen hat eine bemerkenswerte Temperament. Warmer Wind in den langen Stil, kann auch ein Mode-Wahl.
How these Australian Vane Shoesiciness sheepskin came about is absorbed in the mists of time. Vans shoes sale What is known is that your trusty gray denim jeans, vans shoes cheap and that they’ve been damaged by those in the trend accessory that you will, vans shoes onlinethey’re the know down under. David Malan is an Aussie mode vans shoes store trend that > would be perpetually durable.. Aussie souvenir gifts, coldness sheepskin SHOES

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermoncler jacken online

Clay Matthews packers Jersey, Albert Haynesworth authentic jersey Patriots, Chris Ivory authentic jersey white, nfl jerseys china, Authentic Hines Ward Jersey, Aaron Rodgers Jersey Packers, Clay Matthews authentic Jersey, Chris Johnson authentic jersey white, Chris Cooley authentic jersey black, Clay Matthews Premier Jersey, Anquan Boldin Authentic Jersey Black, Authentic Mike Wallace Jersey, Authentic LaMarr Woodley Jersey, Chad Ochocinco authentic jersey Patriots, Charles Woodson Authentic Jersey, Ben Roethlisberger authentic jersey white, Aaron Smith Authentic Jersey Black, Authentic Aaron Smith Jersey, clay matthews jersey youth, Authentic James Harrison Jersey, Authentic Heath Miller Jersey, Authentic Rashard Mendenhall Jersey, Authentic Ziggy Hood Jersey, Aaron Rodgers Jersey, Brian Urlacher Jersey Authentic, Aaron Rodgers Authentic Jersey Green, Authentic Troy Polamalu Jersey, BenJarvus Green-Ellis Authentic Jersey Patriots, C.J. Spiller Jersey, C.J. Spiller Authentic Jersey Blue, Andre Johnson Authentic Jersey white, Troy Polamalu Authentic Jersey Black, Arian Foster Authentic Jersey white, Charles Woodson Jersey, Aaron Smith Jersey Outlet, Clay Matthews Authentic Jersey Black, Troy Polamalu Authentic Jersey White, Asante Samuel authentic jersey Eagles, Carson Palmer Authentic Jersey Black, Authentic Ben Roethlisberger Jersey, Brandon Marshall Authentic Jersey white, aaron rodgers jersey youth, Brian Urlacher Authentic Jersey black, cheap jerseys, Cameron Jordan authentic jersey saints, aaron rodgers authentic jersey, Chris Ivory Jersey, Charles Woodson Authentic Jersey Blue/Whit, Ben Roethlisberger Jersey Outlet.

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternfljerseysuk

This is real awesome! Thanks for sharing these useful articles!

October 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpandora jewelry

UGG Boots Outlet
Chen Zhen has not dismount, you smell the elderly yurts smell wafting a thick meat, unlike lamb flavor. He felt very strange, quickly dismount into the package.UGG Outlet Store Bi Li-Ge old Manghan Wait Wait. Chen array hurriedly stood still, found east and north, and west sides of the carpet had been rolled up carpet was covered with large raw horse hide, horse hide filled with steel wolf clip, at least 78. UGG Boots Clearance

Yurt central pot on the stove, steaming and the smell of fish, the pot is a pot of soup dark You Wangwang. UGG Store Gasi Mai sounded dust sweat, kneeling on the hearth plus fire add manure. Her year-old daughter was playing a lot of their sheep, their cell Shui, six or seven feet ten. Rub the side of the Batu wolves clip, he was still at home and recuperate, a new face large meat. UGG Outlet Bi Li-Ge's wife is also old and the amount of clean guitar wolf folder. Chen array I do not know what the old man cook. UGGs Clearance Set aside a space in the old side, so that Chen Zhen sitting next to him.

Zhen Chen jokingly asked: What are you cooking? UGG Classic Cardy Boots Clip to cook wolf eat? Your good old screwed hard Oh. UGG Ultra Short

Bi Li-Ge fans laughing eyes and said: You guessed half, I cook the wolf in the folder.UGG Classic Short Boots However, my teeth do not become a mouth, a mouth of the wolf's teeth a good clip, you look at this clip is not a mouthful of steel teeth? UGG Sundance

Chen Zhen was surprised and asked: Do you cook the wolf folder do? UGG Nightfall

Clip wolf ah. Bi Li-Ge pointed to pot, said: I have to test you, what you smell this meat? UGG Classic Argyle Knit

UGG Delaine
UGG Classic Tall Boots
UGG Classic Mini Boots
UGG Lo Pro Button
UGG Kenly Boots
UGG Roslynn
UGG Bailey Button Boots
UGG Classic Crochet
UGG Blog

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterugg boots clearance

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>