My mom is from the South Side of Chicago. My dad is from the North Side. I was born closer to Wrigley Field, so that makes me a Cubs fan. That’s how it works in Chicago. Of course being a Cubs fan is a rough life, but if you’re born into it like me, you just accept the fact that you’re a joke; you’re a punch line. In the summers when I was a kid, my friends and I would watch day games on WGN-TV. The baseball was never that good, but we knew every player’s name and number. These were the best summers of my life. They were the best years to be a Cubs fan too. People don’t tease kids for being Cubs fans; they think it’s cute. I grew up, went to college, moved to Wrigleyville. That’s when I really started to appreciate the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field. The iconic manual scoreboard in centerfield, the ivy-covered outfield walls, all of those nuts in the bleachers, Harry Caray’s seventh inning stretch — all of those things I had seen on TV as a kid were real. In 2003 the Cubs were pretty good. Sometime during that season, I went to the Cubs website and entered my name on the Season Ticket Holder Wait List. I was 63,846 in line to become a Cubs Season Ticket Holder. Not sure why I did it. There was no way I could afford the tickets. Why would I even want them? Up until that time, the Cubs had only made the playoffs three times in my entire life. They made the playoffs in 2003, had a good run, then everything fell apart with the Steve Bartman incident. Today, the number of Cubs playoff appearances in my lifetime is six. My dad is 76 years old and the number of Cubs playoff appearances in his lifetime is eight. So when the Cubs made the playoffs in 2008, I took him to Wrigley for his first Cubs playoff game.

On October 23, 2013, I received an email from the Cubs. After 10 years on the waiting list, it was my turn. My turn to carry the torch for the Cubs as a season ticket holder. They said I had to show up at Wrigley on December 12 at 10:30 a.m. The rules are that you show up for your spot on the waiting list, if there are seats available, you are obligated to purchase them. The key word there is obligated. It felt a lot like being drafted. If you didn’t show up, or didn’t buy seats that were available, you guessed it – back to the end of the line. It was about 10 degrees on December 12. I went to Wrigley and really, really wanted there to be no more seats left so I could go home empty handed and keep my place on the waiting list. That was my plan. In the event that seats were available, I made a short list of my favorite places at Wrigley, the best views, the cleanest bathrooms — just kidding, there are no clean bathrooms at Wrigley. Just look at this disturbing video (not actually Wrigley): Drunk urinal diving at Wrigley. Anyway I went into the ballpark and found these…

They’re gorgeous. Fourth row, upper deck box seats with a magnificent view of Historic Wrigley Field. I sat there in 10 degree weather and took this panoramic with my iPhone. It was surreal. I wasn’t sure how I was going to pay for them until after I walked out of there and decided the tickets should go to the AKA Loyalty Group. That’s the internal group within our company that always sends those clever holiday cards to our loyal clients. After all, being a Cubs Season Ticket Holder is the definition of Loyalty. Thanks for being a fan of AKA. Follow this blog and our social sites where we’ll be posting updates on available tickets. I sincerely hope you’ll have a chance to enjoy a game with us this season as the Cubs celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Wrigley Field. I’ve got dibs on the May 21st tickets, when the New York Yankees come to town. My dad was about six months old when the Cubs lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series in 1938, so I’m taking him to Wrigley on his 77th birthday.Andrew Krause, Managing Partner / Founder