Wrigleyville erupted after the Chicago Cubs won Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.
Adam Tracy, Chicago-based securities lawyer and big time White Sox fan, thought about it the night before the ‘loveable losers’ clinched November 2 their first World Series victory in 108 years, vanquishing the Cleveland Indians.
To be honest, he was a bit sour about the North Siders potentially going all the way. He figured, win or lose, there’d be some sort of rioting. Maybe he’d make some money off it to make himself feel better.
So, he set up a text protocol where if individuals sent “GOCUBSGO” to Mr. Tracy they would receive 50% off the lawyer’s services.
“It was somewhat of a joke,” Mr. Tracy tells Gold Silver Bitcoin.
Early in the evening, there were no responses. He woke up to 24 messages. Most were junk. But, some equated to a few trips to court.
“It was the same drunk party stuff,” the lawyer, who accepts Bitcoin and advises Bitcoin clients, describes. “It went from taking a selfie with a police horse then palming it or climbing up a light pole and refusing to get down. Three guys peed in public, one passed out in L stop. He thought he was at home or something when he woke up six hours later, and started urinating in front of a CTA officer. Indefensible, petty things. They just got caught. It was a madhouse in Chicago.”
There were others stories. “A guy in the Cubby bear, the big bar across from Wrigley Field, decided he didn’t want to wait in line to go to bathroom, so he took a beer mug and tried to pee in it in front of the bar and one hundred or so people.” They’ll try to get that guy for exposure, Mr. Tracy assumes.
“Nobody really has a regret over it, which is funny,” the clever SEO and marketer said. “It’s public record. Every single one of these guys that I talked to are professional white collar guys. They don’t need a public urination conviction on their public record. But nobody seems to care. One guy was a dad and got into a fist fight. Father of three, forty years old, lives in suburbs, just brawling with some guy over God-knows-what.”
In his analysis of that night’s police scanners, the progressive securities lawyer notes there were thousands of people partying in Chicago’s Loop the night the Cubs won Game 7 – a location that’s usually quiet at night.
Over scanners, police discussed with each other how to manage the streets around Wrigleyville as some people were being crushed by the massive crowd and others danced on top of local media vans. EMS was needed for one man who fell from a light pole.
Mr. Tracy heard reports of people having sex in a public park. He wondered if such offenses warranted police response.
“With people having sex in a park, How long could it really last?”
It wasn’t just one big party. In a city where there are typically 10-15 shootings a night, there were 87 shootings on the south and west sides of Chicago the night the Cubs became World Champions for the first time in more than a century. Mr. Tracy says the night was almost a “perfect storm” between Chicago’s World Series victory and the unseasonably warm temperatures.
“There was a massive person on person violence spike lost in all this,” Mr. Tracy lamented.
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