Legendary Professional Baseball Traditions In Chicago & Milwaukee
Professional baseball games in Chicago and Milwaukee have some legendary traditions.
Baseball fans have rituals for when they attend big league games. It starts with who they go with, where the seats are, and pre-game and post-festivities. I know people who have kept their same customs for years.
Of course, each team and stadium has its own unique experiences for the fans. Some of these activities are so famous that casual fans will come to a big-league game just to check it out in person.
According to the washingtonpost.com,
"Since professional baseball’s earliest years, a day at the park has included all sorts of entertaining gimmicks and rituals. They come and go. But every once in a while, an idea is so innovative (an “exploding” scoreboard) or cathartic (chucking back opponents’ home run balls) or downright silly (racing meat products) that it becomes a bona fide ballpark tradition."
Let's start with Wrigley Field. Just going to a game in the historic park is epic. The in-game promos during the game are arguably some of the best in all of baseball. One of the greatest transactions that the Cubs ever made was bringing in Harry Carey from the White Sox. That included the 7th Inning Stretch singing of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame." It became such a big deal, that after Carey passed away the team continued the break in the action with special guest celebrities.
Another unique ritual at Wrigley is the singing of "Go Cubs Go" by the fans after a win and do not forget the W flag. My favorite has to be when the "Bleacher Bums" throw the visiting team's home run back onto the field.
I know the fans around Chicago make fun of the Brewers stadium by calling it Wrigley North. I have been to plenty of Cubs games in Milwaukee and it is like a home game for the Cubbies. Despite that fact, the Brewers have many special traditions themselves.
I think you have to start with Sausage Race. I do not think you can top that. If the Cubs had that one in their arsenal they would be number one in all of sports. Where else are you going to hear "Beer Barrel Polka?" Bernie Brewer is a pretty good mascot. Especially his slide he rides down after a homer.
I think going to a White Sox game is really underrated. They have done incredible improvements to the stadium itself. It is a great place to watch a game. The food is tasty. Plus, you can tailgate. In the Windy City, "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" started on the Southside. Remember, Harry Carey was there first. I love hearing "Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye after a victory. The Sox have the best home run celebration. They have the exploding scoreboard with fireworks.
I do not think you could go wrong with any of the three. You will have a good time no matter what.
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