A Tour of Wrigleyville West
by: Robert Davis
Going west of the Mississippi River is dangerous for Cubs fans. There’s the Redbird Nation, Royals fans, and worse still…mountain lions. That is, until you reach Denver, Colorado.
There are many baseball fans today that don’t remember when Colorado didn’t have a professional baseball team. Before the Rockies, many people in Colorado were (and still are) Cubs fans. Why? Because of WGN.
WGN was one of the biggest cable networks in Colorado until ROOTSports showed up in the 90’s. Back then, Cubs games were broadcasted as regularly in Denver as they were in Chicago. Now, Cubs fans are so numerous that there is a MeetUp page dedicated to Cubs fans in Denver. The biggest newspaper in the state, The Denver Post, even ran articles expressing the city’s congratulatory sentiments about the Cubs for the World Series Victory.
Not only are the people of Denver welcoming to Cubs fans, but the city itself is a great baseball town. There are bars and breweries popping up almost nightly in and around the city. On Blake Street, where Coors Field is located, there are over 15 bars and one major brewery, Great Divide. Up the road a little is the Blue Moon brewery, and on the other side of town is New Belgium and Stanahan’s Whiskey.
Plus, when the Rockies are bad, Cubs tickets are cheap. That means more beer for the game. What’s not to like about that?