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The Wrigley Field chalk wall is back

Is this a new tradition?

Cubs Fans Leave Messages For The World Series Champion Team On Wrigley Field Walls
The 2016 Wrigley Field chalk wall
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

One of the things that makes Wrigley Field so special is its history and tradition. Singing the seventh inning stretch is a tradition, not putting ketchup on a Chicago dog is a tradition, throwing back opponents’ home runs in the bleachers is a tradition. It’s all part of what makes a visit to Wrigley Field to watch the Chicago Cubs such a unique experience.

I tend to think of traditions as being older than me, things I learn from others, things that were explained to me on so many visits to the nice little park on the North Side over the years, so I found myself a bit surprised when I was walking to get coffee on Monday and noticed that the chalk wall from last year’s playoff run was back. My initial reaction was to scoff a bit and think that it was a bit of overkill, last year was the drought-breaking year, after all. We don’t need to do everything the same as last year...

The chalk wall has returned to Wrigley
Sara Sanchez

And then I thought about it a bit and wondered: Why can’t the chalk wall be a tradition too? I saw how much joy people were taking in writing their messages to their family and friends. I wondered if maybe they were traveling and hadn’t had a chance to participate in last year’s wall. I smiled a bit as I thought maybe this will just become a new part of the Wrigley field experience: The Playoff Chalk Wall. A brand new tradition for an old park that is full of such traditions, a tradition that reflects the love this fanbase has for its team.

Fans join in to write messages of hope before game 4
Sara Sanchez

So what do you think, Bleed Cubbie Blue? Is this the start of a great new Wrigley Field tradition? You can vote in the poll below. (Note, if you are reading this on Google AMP or Apple News, you’ll need to go to a web browser to see the poll.)


The Playoff Chalk Wall is...

This poll is closed

  • 85%
    A great new tradition
    (535 votes)
  • 12%
    Silly, it was unique to 2016
    (79 votes)
  • 1%
    Other (in the comments)
    (10 votes)
624 votes total Vote Now