The Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs have a nice little symbiotic fan relationship. Because the two locales are so close -- and can be navigated both by I-94 and Amtrak, which goes all the way to downtown Milwaukee -- Brewers fans can make a touristy day of it at Wrigley with relative ease. Likewise, Cubs fans experience modernity in a stadium that actual has, you know, bathroom stalls.
So it is with slight disappointment -- and a huge amount of provincialism -- that we bring you this news: Amtrak and the Brewers are teaming up for a Brewers fan promotion. The first 100 fans who buy a ticket to the Cubs game on Sept. 17 will get a free round-trip ride from Amtrak.
Hey, Amtrak. A word, if we may: Where is our deal? What about the beleaguered, lowly Cubs fan? Is not free public transit our right, too? Is it not high time Cubs fans were able to get completely blotto on a train on the way to a Brewers-Cubs game without having to pay for their ticket? Isn't it about time the oh-so-rare Cubs fan made her presence felt in other NL Central stadiums?
Oh, sure, the Brewers organized the deal. Whatever, Amtrak. We've got Union Station, OK? Don't test us. You screw with Chicago, and we'll make your service even more unbearably disorganized. And no one wants that.
Eamonn Brennan is a writer, editor and blogger hunkered down in Lincoln Park. You can also read him at Yahoo! Sports, FanHouse, MOUTHPIECE Sports Blog, and Inside The Hall, or at his personal site, eamonnbrennan.com.