CHICAGO — For Tim Tierney, last weekend’s trip to Chicago was a long time coming.
Two years ago, the Haverhill resident and his wife, Tricia, booked a tour of Windy City through Methuen-based Rite Way Travel. The highlight of the trip would have been seeing the Red Sox take on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, but plans fell through after the pandemic hit.
Over the weekend, they finally arrived at The Friendly Confines.
The Tierneys were among approximately 25 Merrimack Valley residents who made the trip to Chicago as part of the Rite Way tour, which included stops at all major Chicago destinations as well as tickets to Red Sox games- Friday and Saturday Cubs at Wrigley Field.
“Except the loss, it was great!” said Tierney. “It’s funny, we’ve been going to Patriots games for about nine years, so I guess I’m used to us losing when we try to go and see games. I think we’ve only won a few. a.
Despite Boston’s disappointing performance in the first two games of the series, Tierney said he and his wife had a blast. They watched the action from the first and third base lines over the weekend, and they said the park lived up to its reputation as one of the best places to watch a game in the country. .
“It’s great, it’s very friendly. It kind of reminds me of going to Fenway,” he said. “Being in the middle of town, you have restaurants, awesome bars, awesome entertainment around. Again, knowing Wrigley is the second oldest, always great to see the ivy there, just fantastic.
Tierney, a retired Air Force veteran from Syracuse, New York, works for the Salvation Army and runs the charity’s thrift stores throughout the Boston area, including Salem, New Hampshire .
He and his wife have been big baseball fans for years and have been fortunate enough to visit a number of league parks, including each along the east coast in addition to Miami, as well as Milwaukee, the old Busch Stadium in St. Louis and a handful of baseball diamonds on the West Coast.
“I just like going to different ballparks,” he said. “My wife hasn’t been to as much as me, but she had never been to Wrigley and I also have a son who lives here.”
Although it took a little longer than expected to do it, it was definitely worth the wait.
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