|ABOUT THE BOOK
Day in and day out, 81 days a year, 40,000 or more fans descend
upon a baseball shrine named Wrigley Field. Bordered by the streets
of Clark, Addison, Waveland and Sheffield, it is known as "The Friendly
Confines." Win or lose, rain or shine, fans trek from near and far to
watch some baseball, bask in the summer sun and cheer
on the boys in blue, forgetting for a short while the world around them.
Some of the fans are young, born into a lifetime of fandom...
Others are old, wishing and hoping to just see one World Series win...
an event that has not happened in their lifetime... since 1908 in fact.
For some, the trek to the ballpark is a means of life... a job, a resource
to earn a living. For others, it is a passion... from the moment they
entered the concourse as a child, smelling the scents of the grass,
the food and the beer and hearing the sounds of the old organ
and the crack of the bat... it has been embedded in their hearts through
joy and pain. This book is dedicated to those who believe.
This book is their story.
Will Byington, June 2008