With Spring Training just around the corner, I thought I’d shift focus from baseball a little bit and talk about what some delicious Opening Day traditions Cubs fans do around the continent.
For my family, I’ve talked about in the past we’ve taken time off of work and spent the day preparing a BBQ with festive eats. One year we had sausages smeared with onions, peppers and all the fixins’ Another year, we had ribs(Those were amazing!) Invite family over and have a cake to celebrate not just Opening Day, but the unofficial kick off to spring, summer and an end to another long cold winter.
This year’s going to be different. The Cubs home opener falls on Easter Sunday. We’re kind of relegated to Ham, mashed potatoes and another choice of vegetables. That’s all right because most fans love a good ham feast. The other cool point to this season’s home event is it’ll be broadcast on ESPN and the Cubs face the RedBirds of St. Louis. There’s no better home opener than squaring off against an arch rival.
We’re disappointed with the date this season because in seasons past, the home opener was meant as an opportunity to book work and school off and let the cool air and warm sunshine through the house. It was that one day of the year where we can play hooky and not feel ashamed. A day where my family can spend quality time together knowing that,”
“Eighty-five percent of the world is working, the other fifteen come here.” Lee Elia
That’s what we wanted to create, but this season will be somewhat different. However, one of my hobbies is home brewing. What I’m going to challenge is for some ideas as to a Cubs themed brew.
Post some ideas as to that special beer that might be enjoyed on Opening Day. I’ll have to start brewing it the end of February in order for it to be ready Opening Day.
UPDATE: I just bottled an ESB and renamed it, Canuck Cubbie ESB. It should be ready by Opening Day or at the very least Spring Training. It takes three weeks in the bottle to get conditioned or carbonated. It’s going to be delicious.
What’s your favourite brew?