Unfortunately, my stay in Rockford was cut short because of the Epstein Barr virus, most commonly known as mononucleosis. I was not able to recover from the illness while I was in Illinois, so with the advisement from my doctor, I traveled back home to State College, Pa. Here, I was able to finally fight off the sickness and return to my usual self. Although my stay in the Midwest was cut short, I still saw and took part in some awesome experiences that I would like to share.
While I was staying near Chicago, one of things on my bucket list for this summer was to visit iconic Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. This historic field was built in 1914 and is the second oldest active major league ballpark behind Fenway Park in Boston. Other than the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley is most famous for its ivy-concealed brick outfield wall and the 7th inning stretch tradition of having a different person lead the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” As a sports fan, I love traveling to different venues to watch sporting events. Wrigley Field was atop my list of places to visit and watch a ball game, and fortunately for me I was able to cross it off my list.
The game featured the Chicago Cubs against the Detroit Tigers. Myself being a Tigers fan, I had to root against the home crowd. To my dismay, the Cubbies won a nail biter. Luckily, the enjoyment from the experience of taking in a historic ballpark managed to outweigh the loss.
As a Wagner student living in New York City, I had a similar opportunity last spring to watch the New York Yankees play at Yankee Stadium. Although new Yankee Stadium does not have the pedigree that old Yankee Stadium had, it was still a fascinating experience to watch the best franchise in major league history play. I advise my fellow Wagner students to attend a Yankees game at least once during their time at Wagner. It is only a ferry and subway ride away, and I promise you that you will not be disappointed. Being so close to the ballpark, it would be a wasted opportunity not to see such a magnificent site. I know for sure that if I had not traveled to Wrigley Field or Yankee Stadium after living so close by, I would have regretted it for the rest of my life.