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Despite Rising Tensions Onfield, Braves and Cubs Fans Put Aside Rivalry to Complete Wrigley Field Tradition

Published 08/06/2023, 2:17 PM EDT

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Some baseball traditions are sacred, never to be disrespected. Each comes with its ballpark and makes one enjoy it, be it a home team fan or not. So is the case with Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs, who are currently up against the Atlanta Braves. In the middle of a heated match-up, fans came together for a sacrosanct ritual.

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Although the St. Louis Cardinals share a storied enmity with the Cubs, the Braves are also worthy division rivals. Fans share the sentiment equally, as brawls at stadiums are witnessed. But if there is one thing sacred in baseball, it’s tradition. Something that has always been done one way will continue, breathing new life into the game each time. One of them is the beer snake at Wrigley Field.

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Chicago and alcohol have a long history at baseball parks, so of course one of the most well-known events at Wrigley Field would have to do with beer. Going back decades, the long-held tradition sees a huge set of empty beer cups joined together in a snake-like shape. Fans across the stands come together to add to it until it becomes as large as they can make it. The same happened at the recent Cubs vs. Braves game.


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Technically, there is no real alcohol involved, just cups. But it’s nevertheless fun and unites the baseball community. As the announcer observed, “You are looking It’s an indescribably long beer snake here at Wrigley Field. Teamwork makes the dream work.” He made a bit of a blunder when he said, “Braves and fans Cubs do not normally unite but tonight they unite for this.” But it was all good as the broadcast went on smoothly.


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Interestingly, while this was going on off the field, tensions were high on the diamond.

Braves vs Cubs Almost Came to Fisticuffs


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When talking about on-field brawls, the one between Jose Ramirez and Tim Anderson will never be forgotten. In one of the most violent cases of a fight, punches were thrown recklessly as the Chicago White Sox played the Cleveland Guardians. It’s not that something was in the air in Chicago because the White Sox are playing an away series.

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Nevertheless, at Wrigley Field, Ronald Acuña Jr. almost got hit by a pitch on his face and looked ready to whack Cubs pitcher Javier Assad too. Fortunately, the situation didn’t escalate, but it was certainly a strange contrast between on and off-the-field happenings!


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Baseball is all about paradoxes, it seems.

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Written by:

Arunima Bhanot


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Arunima Bhanot is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Her tryst with MLB was accidental, but what followed was nothing short of a pursuit of excellence. Arunima's articles have been recognized as Editor's Picks on multiple occasions, highlighting her exceptional attention to detail and insightful coverage.
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