Walking up to the Wrigley Field marquee, you could easily envision the Cubs getting set for a post-season battle. That is, until you saw the mass amount of Pearl Jam attire and gear.
Pearl Jam’s second Wrigley Field show was my first. I’ve been a fan of the band for some time now, but haven’t had the opportunity to see them live. The enthusiasm of their fanbase is apparent from the moment you get near Wrigley Field.
I strolled down Addison just a few block West of Wrigley when I encountered my first brush of Pearl Jam mania. It was a couple sporting Cubs jerseys with the number 15 and a “Vedder” nameplate. With an eager pace to their step, it was the initial foray into a whole new world that awaited us several blocks away.
After getting through the security line and entering the stadium, we were surrounded by people. Every step you took, four people were right alongside you with others going the opposite direction. The one consistent in this sea of humanity was a smile on their faces. It was infectious, something you couldn’t resist.
Arriving to our seats on the third base line right as the band walked out on stage was akin to grabbing your spot as the Cubs took the field. This band and baseball blends together perfectly, a motif that repeated itself throughout the evening.
If you’re looking for a detailed account of the music that night, I suggest visiting one of the many great sites dedicated to Pearl Jam. I’m too green to provide that.
Remember that smile I mentioned above though? It was back when the first note hit and was accompanied with spontaneous fist-pumps, foot-stomps, hand-claps, and more throughout the entire evening. It’s the experience of seeing this band in this ballpark that caused such exuberance. I’m confident this is the case anywhere Pearl Jam goes, but last night wasn’t a bad way to get acquainted with them.
Pearl Jam played 36 songs and for three hours, but before I knew it, they were leaving the stage saying good-bye to everyone.
I don’t know when we’ll meet again, but it’ll happen again in the future. That’s for certain. After all, that type of smile is only caused by certain music in certain environments. Last night, it was the perfect mixture.