By Caitlin Botsios
Despite the rain, thousands of Chicago Cubs fans brought out their red and blue and headed to Wrigley Field to kick off the 2011 baseball season. And Loyola University Chicago students were among the faithful.
Around 5 a.m., fans began to line up outside the stadium and bars began to fill the minute their doors open.
Kara Kwiatkowski a junior Biology major at Loyola attended the game and had lots to say on her experience inside and outside of the stadium.
Upon arrival at the Addison Red Line stop and after a speech from the train conductor concluding with a “Go Cubs!”, Kwiatkowski said, “Masses of people poured off the train and formed into a sea of blue. The scene on the streets was just as incredible.”
After fighting through the crowds on the street Kwiatkowski was able to enter the game. She said, ” [At the game] The rain was there to test the true fans. I was amazed to see the fans sitting in uncovered seats last through the entire game of constant rain. I heard people walking by say they were freezing, but they went and bought another hot dog and beer and returned to their seats like troopers.”
During the game, the Cubs ran in the first points of 2011 in the 1st inning and held onto a lead until the 5th inning.
Loyal Cubs fan and Loyola Biology junior Daniel Biggs said, “When they were up 2-0 in the 4th, I figured it was an April fool’s joke. Sure enough, they let the lead go.”
While the Cubs lost 6-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates, after the game, the thousands poured onto the streets and headed to bars to continue the celebration of the first day of baseball.
Students who were unable to attend the game still voiced their excitement about Opening Day. Loyola Psychology junior Akshar Patel said, “Opening day of baseball is unrivaled by the opening day of any other sport. What better to do on a lazy afternoon but kick back, have a few cold ones and watch America’s greatest pastime!”
Scott Salhanick, a senior International Film and Media Studies major said, “I love opening day because every year the Chicago media puts these ridiculous expectations on the Cubs, and to see them inevitably crash and burn every season, that is something special.”
For some though, it doesn’t matter if the Cubs win or lose. As Patel said, “Regardless the outcome [of the game], I will bleed that Cubbie blue through thick and thin.”