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One date I immediately search when checking the Cubs upcoming season schedule is the third weekend in August. Sounds weird, I know, but that’s the weekend of Chicago’s annual Air & Water Show. Pair it with a weekend game at Wrigley Field and you double the fun.
I put the excitement right on par with that of a Bears, Bulls or Blackhawks playoff game. It’s thrilling. It’s memorable. It’s worth the price of admission, albeit weather permitting, of course.
Even though the fighter jets don’t buzz the ‘ol ballpark quiet like they use to (post 9-11), it’s still a tremendous vantage point to absorb the action in the air, and on the field, all at the same time.
In fact, for my money this is one of Chicago’s premier sporting events. Even if the Cubs are playing out of town you can always grab White Sox tickets and catch a slice of the air show from The Cell.
MLB, THROW US A BONE. TWO TEAMS, NEITHER PLAYING AT HOME?
Strangely, neither the Cubs or White Sox are playing at home this weekend. Granted, Wrigley Field did host the Under Armour All-American Game on Saturday. But with all due respect, that’s not exactly the same atmosphere.
A big league air show like Chicago’s should get a big league game, like the Cubs. Well, maybe not this year. But you get what I’m saying.
With two teams in Chicago MLB typically likes to schedule one team at home while the other is away. Even despite the air show, it makes little sense that neither team was in town this weekend.
WEATHER IS EVERYTHING
Much like baseball, the Air & Water Show is heavily weather dependent, and unfortunately, mother nature hasn’t been so cooperative the past several years.
With today being a beautiful and sunny 72-degrees, I jumped at the chance to take in the Blue Angels at North Avenue beach! I posted some video and pictures below.
CUBS PLAYING AT HOME DURING 2013 AIR & WATER SHOW?
The Cubs 2013 schedule isn’t due out for another few weeks. But keep it in mind to check out the third weekend in August. If MLB’s scheduling stays consistent with what’s been an every-other-year format of home and away series during the Air & Water Show, the Cubs will play a home series in 2013.
Here’s a bulleted recap of the past several seasons with the Cubs during the Air & Water Show.