- Posted April 17, 2014 by
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Wrigley Field memories
Hawks Won The Cup, Wrigley Celebration Ensued
Basically, it was the friendliest riot I have ever been a part of. Every person in the streets was suddenly your best friend. My right hand quickly became sore from all the high fives and police officers and vagrants hugged it out. A smiling sea of red and white jerseys ebbed and flowed as Chelsea Dagger echoed in the distance. It was glorious.
Watching the Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals in Wrigley-ville may have been one of the best decisions of my life. The Blackhawks fans packed inside the bars surrounding Wrigley field were a perfect conduit for the magic taking place on screen. I distinctly remember the eruption of flying beer and shouts of joy after the tying goal, only to be outdone by a full-on bar implosion caused by the game winning goal 18 seconds later. I was drenched in Goose Island, looking up at the screen to make sure I wasn't dreaming, when the cameras showed the live Wrigley celebration happening in the streets.
The party in the bar spilled onto N Clark St. Guys hoisted girls on their shoulders and raised the beer in their hands like the Cup itself. I remember conga lines spanning a quarter mile, drunken dance circles converting full grown men back into their childhood self and spontaneous Bud Light showers falling from the sky. It was pure magic.
Eventually things got pretty crowded and the riot police got on the scene, preventing more folks from entering this hockey version of the Garden of Eden. Luckily, my friend and I were captured in this photo before the area cleared out and we sealed this memory forever. Hopefully we can repeat ourselves this year. Lets go Hawks!