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[Apr. 24th, 2009|03:53 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
I'm not sure about where I should go on holiday now. I was going to go to New York, but I'm now thinking I should maybe go to Chicago instead. I've been before, loved it and wanted to go back to see more of it ever since, and I'm pretty sure it would benefit from being seen in June rather than April, when it was practically still winter. The only thing causing me doubt is that the week I've got booked off work, the Cubs aren't playing at home so I wouldn't get the chance to go to historic Wrigley Field when I was there. Wrigley is one of only two original, historic ballparks left these days, and a day game at Wrigley is a kind of must-do tradition in Chicago. Obviously, the White Sox are at home instead while I'm there, so I could go and watch them but a)it's the rubbish old American League and b)I've been there before, their stadium's new and quite dull (imagine a big round version of the Riverside or Pride Park or any of the many similar football grounds).

Oh, decisions decisions. Perhaps I should make a list of what I planned to do in NY, and look at the Chicago alternatives, if they exist:

1. Go to watch baseball. Yes, an alternative exists. It won't be the Mets obviously, but it's there nonetheless.

2. Go to Coney Island - not really, but there's the lake shore which should be nice at that time of year.

3. Go to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Don't know, but there must be something similar in Chicago I'd have thought.

4. Wander round the streets looking at skyscrapers, and taking photos and stuff. Check.

The other thing I'd be able to do if I went to Chicago would be to visit the city of Gary, Indiana. A city called Gary? That's both ridiculous, and brilliant. And I could go and see an independent minor league baseball game there, at US Steel Yard, the home field of the Gary SouthShore RailCats. That would be fun. Although it looks as if it might not be that easy to get to the park without a car.

I really can't make up my mind. Gosh, my life is hard, isn't it?

[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2009-04-24 03:11 pm (UTC)
Why not change the week you've got off to one where the Cubs are at home?
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-04-24 03:12 pm (UTC)
I did think about that, but I'd have to push it back, and I'm impatient to go on holiday.
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[User Picture]From: caramel_betty
2009-04-24 04:27 pm (UTC)
Keep a day or two then for a long weekend to somewhere in Blighty or Yurp, then go to Chicago later?
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[User Picture]From: obsessive_katy
2009-04-24 03:13 pm (UTC)

Just thought I'd point you in the direction of Craig Robinson over at Flip Flop Flyin', another Britisher who's obsessed with baseball. He went to see a lot of baseball games when he was over in the US and South America, and then put all the facts (and other stuff) into neat charts (here's one of the whole trip)

You can see all his baseball (and other sport) stuff here.


Edited at 2009-04-24 03:14 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-04-25 10:10 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: anged
2009-04-24 03:25 pm (UTC)
Do you not fancy going to Washington DC instead? There's lots to see there, and you could always go and see the Nationals...
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-04-25 10:11 am (UTC)
I went there last year, and did go and see the Nationals! I will go back there some time, especially as the Museum of American History was closed for refurbishment, which was hugely disappointing but not this year.
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[User Picture]From: classytart
2009-04-24 05:30 pm (UTC)
I totally loved Chicago (it was hot in july, but with more air than July in NYC, so nicer), and would go there over NYC for a week, given the chance.

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[User Picture]From: k425
2009-04-24 05:44 pm (UTC)
Speaking purely as a Ferris Buehler fan, I'd be waiting till I could go to Wrigley Park.
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From: mrs_leroy_brown
2009-04-24 06:11 pm (UTC)
I always big up Chicago. Too bad about the Cubbies. There's always Chicago-style hotdogs, blues music, the Sears Tower, the lake, beautiful skyline, the El!

Srsly avoid Gary. It's just smelly postindustrial wasteland, though probably quite good for photos (if you like photos of postindustrial wasteland). But for serious, it smells yellow and grimy.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-04-25 10:11 am (UTC)
But it's called Gary!
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2009-04-24 09:12 pm (UTC)


Aw the whitesox field isn't too bad, we had a lovely evening there. Also you could go see the FIRE play soccerball (or the ladyfoot team with eni and karen). Also isn't coney island shut now?
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-04-25 10:14 am (UTC)

Re: GO SOX!!!

I already checked the soccerball fixtures as a tiebreak - neither the Fire nor the REDBULLS are in town when I'm there.

I might be biased against the Sox, as the last time I was there the game was delayed for about three hours due to rain, and it was the coldest I've ever been, so much so that I had to buy something to keep warm. Everyone else had had the same idea, and the only thing left was a hoodie two sizes too big for me. I bought it anyway.
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