I think that if the IOC does award the Games to Chicago, one of the provisions must be that baseball has to come back as an Olympic sport. Chicago is a sports town, there is no doubt about that. But if you asked people which sport they most closely associate with the city, my guess is that a lot of them would say baseball.
So let's say that Chicago does earn the right to host the 2016 Summer Games; as it stands right now, there would be no baseball in two of the Windy City's most famous venues, Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field. I'm sure organizers would find a way to utilize both venues, but still, who wants to see archery at Wrigley?
I present to you the top three reasons why there should be Olympic Baseball at Wrigley:
Wrigleyville would turn into the United Nations
Imagine the people who would flood to Wrigleyville if there was an Olympic Baseball game going on. People from all over the world would flock to be a part of this unforgettable experience. Wrigleyville would become THE place to be during the Games.
Gold Medal Winners could sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
As an added bonus to winning a gold medal, athletes could earn the right to lead the crowd during the seventh-inning stretch. Gold-medalists from other countries, could try to sing if they want, or they could just hold out the microphone, like Harry Caray used to do.
Olympic Rooftop Parties
How many people can say they sat on a rooftop and watched an Olympic Baseball game? If Olympic Baseball comes to Wrigley in 2016, it will be something that fans will remember for the rest of their lives.
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