Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Paint It, Purple

For a couple of days, I debated whether or not I would swing by Wrigley Field to grab photos of the purple marquee sign at the corner of Clark and Addison. On one hand, I didn't attend Northwestern University or the University of Illinois, so the football game's outcome didn't have much meaning for me. Still, that's where my baseball team plays. Plus, I never have a reason to stop there in November.

When I woke up this morning, we watched the weather and NBC called for rain later in the day. When I heard that, I figured I wouldn't make the trip. We ran a few errands this morning, and even though the sky was overcast, the weather seemed to be holding out. Susan had some work to do in the afternoon, so I debated taking my GPSr out with me to do some geocaching. I figured I might not get another chance to do so with such mild temperatures the rest of the year. As I headed out and turned on my GPSr, I changed my mind. I was going to Wrigley Field.

As I approached the park, the crowds were minimal. I pulled into the McDonald's parking lot directly across from the ballpark. I knew there was a geocache close to the park, so I figured I could kill two birds with one stone. I grabbed my camera and crossed the street. Sure enough, the old marquee was painted purple. For the record, the marquee was installed in 1934 and was originally painted blue. At some point in the 1960s, the Cubs decided to paint it red. This was the first time I had seen the sign a different color. I stopped to grab a few shots.

Since the Cubs sold tickets to a "Throw a Touchdown at Wrigley Field" promotion, I assumed I could see inside the knothole on Sheffield. I headed down Addison, stopped to grab a photo of the new Billy Williams statue (see my thoughts about statues in this blog), and made the turn on to Sheffield. Sure enough, I could see inside. I grabbed a few shots of the football field and uprights. I continued my walk around the park. I turned on to Waveland and back to the McDonald's parking lot.

When I returned to the parking lot, I pulled out my GPSr and punched in the coordinates for the geocache called Big Art: The Baseballs. It was an easy find hidden on the railing in the McDonald's lot. I hopped back in my Prius (which is celebrating its second anniversary today) and headed home.


7 Comments
nheinzel
Bill, I happened to catch the news one night when they were showing the painters painting the red sign purple. It just made my stomach ache!
!   Sunday, November 21, 2010
billpearch
Honestly, I thought it would be a deeper purple.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, November 21, 2010
hawkwolf
At least they weren't painting Wrigley Baby Blue and Regergitating White.
BeanCounter37   Monday, November 22, 2010
hawkwolf
Bill, this is a great Blog because it shows how times, they do change. Have you found out the real reason that this game was played at Wrigley Field?
BeanCounter37   Monday, November 22, 2010
billpearch
Money, recruiting and general hype. Same reasons they had the Notre Dame/Army game at Yankee Stadium.
Bill Pearch   Monday, November 22, 2010
nheinzel
I must say it did generate a lot of interest and publicity!
!   Monday, November 22, 2010
billpearch
I doubt Wrigley Field will host another football game. Far too many issues with the distance to brick walls. They should continue to investigate other ways to use the park for non-baseball activities.
Bill Pearch   Monday, November 22, 2010
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