Every sports team would like to play their games in front of friendly crowds. There is a reason why teams usually have a better home record than away record. In baseball and football, teams are rewarded for having the best regular season record with home field advantage throughout the playoffs (except for the World Series and Super Bowl). An energized crowd can provide a team with a lift where the players feed of the crowd and are able to spark a late inning rally or slam the door shut on the opposing team.
The Chicago Cubs, like many other teams, played their best baseball of 2017 at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. They sported a 48-33 record at home while going 44-37 on the road. However, the Cubs also have an advantage over other MLB teams that doesn’t show up in the Box Score. That advantage is not on the field but in the stands. Cubs fans show up in droves to ballparks across the country in order to root on the boys in blue. They come out in large numbers and are unapologetic in their fandom, despite being guests in their opponents’ park. They are loud and let their voices be heard during critical times of the games.
It is common knowledge that Miller Park in Milwaukee is called Wrigley Field North by many Cubs fans. This is because many fans make the short trip up I 94 to watch their beloved take on the Brewers. However, if this weekend is any indication, Marlins park in Miami could be referred to as Wrigley Field South. Cubs fans invaded the stadium in South Florida in large numbers on this opening weekend of 2018. The noise in the stadium has sounded like a home game for the Cubs with chants such as “Lets Go Cub-bies” echoing around the park. Despite not playing exceedingly well this weekend, the consistent home field feeling should bode well for the Cubs again in 2018.
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