What are the odds? Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear a bookmaker lay odds in the events that unfolded in this true story:
Once upon a time there was a young couple who were in love and decided to join their lives together in marriage. One of the things they enjoyed doing together was watching the game of baseball, namely watching Major League Baseball. They lived in Canada and decided a destination wedding to Chicago, Illinois was their perfect wedding. They tailored their wedding day perfectly to their tastes and those of us who shared in the day were delighted to be there. (Full disclosure: the bride is our niece and we have been honoured to be close to her all of and live close to her much of her life.)
On a Sunday not long ago we gathered in Chicago to attend the wedding in a beautiful loft not far from downtown. The ceremony was personal and fitted the bride and groom to a tee-touching, warm, full of love, all the things I presume they wanted their day to be. They are so obviously in love and it’s clear that for them there was no greater gift in the world than be joined to each other for the rest of their lives. They are a perfect pair.
After the ceremony and brunch, did I mention we were all going to a baseball game?? At Wrigley Field? From the reception to the ballpark we did go.
And what about the weather, you say. It was sunny and hot. Isn’t that grand for there are many kinds of weather that could visit a July day. Off we go, some two dozen of us and we are seated in the Budweiser Bleacher Seats Patio in right field. This space will seat approximately 60+ people and when there you can eat as much baseball food and drink as much beer (Budweiser of course) or soda as you’d like for the duration of the game.
The patio was not full and our group pretty much had the run of the place. There was another group of about 10 but they only watched the game for a short time and then seemed more intent on keeping hydrated with beer. The fact that we had many options of where to sit figures into the odds scenario. The guests and and the bride and groom moved about on the three levels of the patio throughout the game between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves. There was the atmosphere of Wrigley Field and the joy of the day that was washing over us. The Cubs were losing, we were talking, some of us watching the game closely, some not so much and then a rookie for the Cubs, Alcantara came to bat. I was talking to another guest and he, with one eye on the field, said “Watch for it! Watch for it!”. When you clink this link you will see Alcantara hit his first home run and the ball, as if set on a laser beam flies into the Budweiser Patio and to the young man, the groom, who was married only a few hours before!
A perfect pair, a perfect day.
And really, what are the odds a rookie major league baseball player would hit his first homer to a man (a huge baseball fan) on his wedding day.