- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: NAL Hardcover (March 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451218124
- ISBN-13: 978-0451218124
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,619,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wrigleyworld: A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood Hardcover – March 28, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Wrigleyville is the popular name for Lake View, the neighborhood where the Chicago Cubs have played baseball at storied Wrigley Field for almost 100 years. But readers won't learn much about Lake View or the Cubs in this tedious, smug account of how Kaduk, only four years out of college, quit a sportswriting job at the Kansas City Star—resenting the "dues-paying tactics" of covering prep sports—and moved to Wrigleyville for the 2005 season. Kaduk's focus is on "what it means to be a twenty-something baseball fan" in "one of the top party spots in the nation." To bolster this arguable assertion, he attends 62 of the Cubs' 81 home games, providing game-by-game descriptions of where he drinks, the kind and number of the drinks he has, the drunks he drinks with and hackneyed sportswriting ("a three-run dinger to left"). While Kaduk sneers at the "privileged" yuppies who live in the neighborhood, his stories reveal nothing beyond the fact that hanging out near Wrigley Field "provides a college lifestyle for as long as anyone wants to live it," making his choice of what he claims "countless others had surely dreamed of doing" instead of working ("It really isn't for me") rather juvenile. (Apr.)
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...Wrigleyworld is guaranteed to put the phenomenon of Cubs baseball in perspective -- Wright Thompson, the Kansas City Star and ESPN: The Magazine
...Kevin's year spent in Wrigleyville touches on what it means to be a Cubs fan... -- The Kansas City Star
...[F]inally, a young man has written a young man's baseball book. -- Chris Jones, Esquire magazine
Wrigleyworld is young Kevin Kaduk's barbaric, giddy, frenzied Old-Style salute to that glorious Kingdom of Cub. -- Rick Telander, sports columnist, Chicago Sun-Times
Wrigleyworld manages the rare trick of making you want to... enter the...realm of suffering only Cubs fans truly understand. -- Mike Vacarro, author, Emperors and Idiots: The Hundred-Year Rivalry of the Yankees and Red Sox, From the Very Beginning to the End of the Curse
Wrigleyworld paints a fresh and vivid portrait of Wrigleyville and what it's really like to be a Cub fan. -- Len Kasper, WGN Television
Funny, observational and...such a great idea...that I'm actually kind of mad at him for thinking of it first. -- Will Leitch, author, Catch, and editor of Deadspin.com
In Wrigleyworld you get front row seats to the non-stop carnival of the Cubs... -- Andy Dolan, desipio.com
Kevin writes about the vibrant, block-party atmosphere like no one else I know. His love for...Chicago is unmistakable. -- Mike Holbrook, managing editor, Pro Football Weekly
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This did wear on a bit toward the end but held my interest as something fun to read. Now on to something more serious.
the ultimate read for anyone trying to figure out the 'Cub Fan Culture' surrounding the team, ballpark and neighborhood.
I am local, so I could not put the book down.....Kevin Kaduk lives a Cub Fans' dream.....and the White Sox win the World Series that year!!!!
This book is really a blast and an easy read....A Sox fan gives this 5 Stars!!!!!
This will make the 10 or 11 folks in this country who have not been to a game at Wrigley want to come!!!!
First of all, the guy is a jackass. He quits a reporting job in . . . I think St. Louis? Kansas City? I don't know, some place, and moves to Chicago to lay around on the couch drinking and following the Cubs all season. I'm into the idea, but the dude is super self-congratulatory and keeps acting like he did some noble thing.
Second of all, the guy is a jackass. Throughout the entire Cubs season, he apparently never meets a single woman who knows the first thing about baseball, but meets plenty of them with breasts he has no problem describing to the reader.
Third of all, the guy is a jackass. He can't write. His prose is trite and eye-roll inducing. It's like reading a blog of a 21 year old college student who's always either drunk, recovering from being drunk or talking about being drunk.
Fourth of all, the guy is a jackass. He goes off on this tangent about how Chicago 'charges you to breathe.' What? This city has a million free things to do for tourists and residents alike, and residents can just take a trip to the library to get free admission to any number of attractions that others would have to pay for. What he means is that if you want to go to Wrigleyville and get drunk with frat boys, it's expensive. Good thing for me that I don't like to do that.
Fifth of all, the guy is a jackass. He spends half the book complaining about people who go to Cubs games and don't even pay attention and the other half of the book going to Cubs games and not paying attention. For example :
"That baseball is being played on the field comes to news to all of us as we drink a few more beers, yell insults at Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds and get ready for an all-night barbeque at my house. John entertains himself by grabbing a Cardinals T-shirt from another friend, ripping it to pieces, and making a bra from one of the sleeves. Bleacher security keeps a close eye on John but retreats once they realize that he is only entertaining everyone."
Oh, how entertaining John!!
All of that said, there are a few things I liked about the book. There was a section on the Ballhawks, pros who hang outside the stadium at every game, catching the foul balls that leave the park. There was also a section I enjoyed where Kevin traveled to a few other ballparks and compared them to Wrigley. However, he cut his story short to move on to more stories about what an entitled drunk douche bag he was.
In summation : Kevin Kaduk is the epitome of what I hate about Cubs fans. Obviously, we are not all like him but this guy writing a book about a whole lot of people like him makes me cry big ole croc tears.
There's something special about walking into Wrigley Field. As a kid I sort of felt like I was walking on water when I stepped foot inside the stadium for the first time. It's the closest to heaven I've ever been. My home turf was Milwaukee County Stadium, but the two hour drive to Chicago was always worth the extra commute. I have very fond memories of sitting with my dad and great Uncle Dan at the Chicago Cubs game. This book takes me back on Nostalgia Lane.