Cubs enlist star power
Actor and famed Cubs fan Bill Murray sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch of Game 3 on Friday night. And Cubs legend Billy Williams, who played 16 seasons with the team and won NL Rookie of the Year honors in 1961, threw out the first pitch. But Chicago failed to push a run across in a 1-0 loss to Cleveland.
On the field before Game 3, Smashing Pumpkins singer and noted Cubs fan Billy Corgan said he is an "anti-celeb Cubs fan" because too many celebrities show up only for the postseason. -- Dan Mullen
Chicago Bull Robin Lopez using his off day to support Cubs and Adidas teammate Kris Bryant - right behind home plate tonight pic.twitter.com/0Od6XOEnVO— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) October 29, 2016
When there was still hope ...
Cubs reliever Justin Grimm came on with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning, and got a double-play to preserve the scoreless game, delighting Cubs fans.
Reaction to double play ball at Stretch's Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville pic.twitter.com/fNgN0DUD18— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 29, 2016
Drawing a crowd at Wrigley ... literally
4:30 pm CT: Police on horses meet the Wrigleyville crowd close off Clark & Addison pic.twitter.com/hYAsSxUpN0— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 28, 2016
Sketch artist Mark McMahon sat across from the entrance to Wrigley Field, drawing a depiction of the crowd making its way into the first World Series game at the venue in 71 years.
Speaking of crowds ...
Indians fans were out in force for Game 3, too.
And they'll do it again on Saturday night.
The Indians have sold out their watch party at Progressive Field tomorrow night. Charged $5 for general admission, $24 for club with food— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 29, 2016
Wrigleyville bars charge big bucks
For fans who couldn't score the most expensive ticket in MLB history, the vibrant bar scene around Wrigley Field was an option -- but in many cases, those options weren't cheap either.
Less than two hours before first pitch, hundreds have paid $100 each just to walk in the door at The Cubby Bear. pic.twitter.com/hQNxpYMxmu— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 28, 2016
2:50 pm CT: The Sports Corner, across from Wrigley Field, hits capacity. 500 people paid $50 each to watch game pic.twitter.com/c9zgI8qIz3— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 28, 2016
More than 5 hours until Game 3, Wrigleyville bars with less than $100 cover charges a starting to fill up first pic.twitter.com/e8tlF4kHm5— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 28, 2016
Wrigleyville bar Moran's is charging a $100 per person cover for tonight. $500 for a table + tax + required 18% tip. pic.twitter.com/XiuGeuo0Eh— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 28, 2016
A twice-in-a-lifetime experience
For most Cubs fans, Friday night marked the first time they saw their team play at home in the World Series. That wasn't the case for Jim Mowery. The 83-year-old was at the last two games of the 1945 World Series and was in the building Friday night. He brought his ticket stub from Game 6 (face value: $6), which was the last World Series game the Cubs won prior to Game 2 of this year's series.