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Some Cubs Fans Took Amtrak to See Their Team

October 27, 2016

Game 2 of Major League Baseball’s World Series drug on for more than four hours on Wednesday night. For a couple dozen fans of the Chicago Cubs that was just fine.

Amtrak logoThey had Amtrak tickets to return to Chicago after watching the Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 at Progressive Field.

Salvador Cardenas, a 28-year-old dentist from Aurora, Illinois, was one of them.

He paid $746 for a standing room ticket in left field during Game 2 and was at the Cleveland Amtrak station was giving high fives to other Cubs fans waiting to return home after the game.

“I had to call all my patients off. I said: ‘Hey, got to do this! I got to go to the World Series!’” Cardenas told a reporter for the Associated Press. “I’m a die-hard Cub fan, so I felt like that came first.”

The AP said about two dozen Cubs fans boarded the westbound Lake Shore Limited, which is scheduled to depart Cleveland at 3:45 a.m.

About an hour earlier, the Capitol Limited had left for Chicago with, presumably, a number of baseball fans onboard.

Marvin Thomas, 51, was aboard No. 49 wearing a blue satin Cubs jacket.

“Ernie Banks lived down the street from us when I was a kid,” said Thomas, who paid $800 a ticket to attend Games 1 and 2. “This is the most unbelievable feeling I’ve had outside my children being born. There was no way I wasn’t going to be here.”

The AP story noted that the number of baseball fans on Amtrak fell far short of the number who rode in 2009 in what some dubbed the Acela Series between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies.

Nor was there the hoopla that occurred aboard a train in 1985 for the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals.

Of course, many Chicago baseball fans probably flew or drove to Cleveland.

A check of found that five chartered United Airlines jets departed Cleveland Hopkins International Airport between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. Thursday morning. They includes two 767 aircraft, two 737 aircraft and one 747.

Two of those were probably carrying the two teams to Chicago where they will play Game 3 on Friday night. But perhaps some of those flights also carried fans.

Traveling by train used to be the primary way that fans and teams once traveled.

When the Cubs won their last World Series in 1908 and last played in the Series in 1945, train travel was the standard way to travel.

Using chartered flight didn’t take off until 1946 when the Yankees began to charter flights on a regular basis.

Cardenas said he arrived in Cleveland at 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, walked to the nearby Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, found a bench in front and fell asleep with his Cubs blanket covering him.

An Indians fan gave him a second blanket and told him to leave it there when he was done napping.

Cardenas saw Cubs owner Tom Ricketts at the Rock Hall later in the day.

“I was like, ‘Hey, Tom!’ like I knew him,” Cardenas said. “He waved to me. He said hello. He smiled.”

Baseball Fans Flocking to Chicago-Cleveland Flights

October 24, 2016

Chicago Cubs fans are flocking to Cleveland by air, by rail and by bus.

Amtrak logoA study by found that the number of airline passengers between Chicago and Cleveland this week is up by 50 percent.

The Cubs will open World Series play on Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Games one and two in the series are in Cleveland on Tuesday and Wednesday with games three and four set for Friday and Saturday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Orbitz said it has been tracking travel purchases between the two cities for several days and concluded that Chicago fans are taking to public transportation in larger number than Cleveland fans. Of course it may be that Cleveland fans are more likely to drive than fly to Chicago.

Airline passengers flying between the two cities should be prepared for sticker shock.

The average roundtrip air fare is $495 originating in Chicago and $478 roundtrip for flights originating in Northeast Ohio.

Game tickets are officially sold out so scalpers are commanding top dollar in resale market.

Tickets to the games at Wrigley Field may be among the most expensive in sports history, starting at about $2,400, according to ticket resale site SeatGeek. By contrast, tickets to the games in Cleveland on the resale market are starting at about $900.

The Indians last appeared in a World Series in 1997 and last won a Series in 1948. The Cubs last played in a World Series in 1945 and haven’t won the fall classic since 1908.

A check of the Amtrak website late Monday afternoon found that seats were still available on both the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited for travel from Chicago to Cleveland on Oct. 24 and 25. Coach fares started at $56 one way.