I'm not going to get into my experience in the bleachers last night. It would just be too easy. I've heard that the Cub fans disdain the bleacher crowd as poser preppies who like the trendy environment. All I will say is, now I see why. I've rarely been around a less engaged, more ignorant group of 'fans' than I encountered last night. Given the fact that there was a no-hitter into the sixth and NO ONE NOTICED, and it was a 2-1 game in which the crowd barely seemed to care, and given the fact that I was in full Reds gear and no one said even one word about it, it seems clear that my long held belief that the vast majority of Cub fans are ridiculous wannabes who know and care nothing about baseball has been confirmed. I will say that my brother-in-law Michael, who is a die-hard Cubs fan, was equally disgusted by the crowd. If you want to go to Wrigley, skip the bleachers. They are over-priced ($50 a ticket for seats that cost you 10 in most parks), and the atmosphere is lousy.
At least the scoreboard is great.
To update a story from yesterday: the video I posted last night. I wasn't sure at the time if it was Manning from yesterday or not, but on second look, you can see him handing off to #38. That means it has to have been taken yesterday, since #38 is Dom Rhodes, and that is his new number. If you didn't watch the video and are still worried about Manning missing game one, give it a look. He'll be fine.