Yesterday was the Cubs last home game of the season. That means that I will have to wait another year to find out if the ivy at Wrigley Field really turns red in the fall.
At the start of the season, the ivy is an ugly, leafless brown color. It looks drab, but the excitement and optimism of a new season overrides the ugly ivy.
Some time in mid May, the Cubs return from a road trip and when the TV cameras show the outfield, like magic the ivy has turned to a luscious green. It is a true sign that summer is here and the baseball season is in full swing.
I've heard it said that the ivy at Wrigley will turn red in late October, before the leaves finally fall off. Unfortunately, I've never seen Wrigley in late October to confirm this. And this year will be no different. There are going to be no games on the north side in October.
Like I've been doing my entire lifetime, I'll have to wait again until next year. Here's hoping that the 2011 Cubs, led by manager MikeRyne Quadeberg, will be playing baseball with red ivy.