Getting ready to play…

It takes a lot of work to prepare Wrigley Field, Chicago for another baseball game. Worth getting to the stadium early to watch it all unfold. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Particular attention is paid to the pitcher’s mound. Last night the Cubs played the Cardinals. And 49 years earlier on this date was this St. Louis Cardinal’s fan’s first date with my future husband, a Chicago Cub’s fan. So perfect night to wear our true colors and celebrate together. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Prepping for reporting. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Preliminary interviews by a few of the sportscasters that will cover the game. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Continuing attention to the pitcher’s mound and infield areas. Copyiright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
The field is now completely unwrapped. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
After the field is carefully level and clean the hose comes out to lightly water down the loose dirt. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Did I mention before the pitcher’s mound gets the most attention!? Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
A bit more loose dirt added to infield. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
As important as field preparations are professional, concentrated warmups. Here Wilson Contreras stretches in the outfileld; his usual place is infield as catcher. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Yadier Molina, the Cardinal’s catcher heads to an area with one of the Cardinal coaches. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Molina and coach are headed to the pitcher warmup area, the bullpen, at the far outfield, behind closed doors. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
This tv setup is almost ready. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Photographers are ready for pregame celebrity recognitions and first pitch guests. Why is “first pitch” when there are multiple ones prior to each game?! Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Pregame tv broadcast has begun. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Near the Cardinal’s dugout, so must be a St. Louis broadcaster in a celebratory suit. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
A tradition prior to the game’s start is the signing of autographs. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Warmups happen near the Cubs dugout which is also the location of the pregame broadcast booth. Almost ready to PLAY BALL! Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg

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