10/27/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Wrigley Field: FInding Real Fans At The Circus

Sports Illustrated scribe Gary Smith embedded at Wrigley Field for the Cubs Labor Day series against the Phillies for the magazine's current cover story.

Among the drunk bachelor parties and not-particularly-clothed women that help make Wrigley what Smith called a summer-long fiesta, he discovered a different breed of bleacher bum.

Meet Chicago attorney Fred Speck, a serious fan who wouldn't completely mourn a return to the bad old days.

"September baseball in the bleachers used to be the Cubs 20 games out, me and eight other people rooting for a totally lost cause with complete passion. There's nothing better than a lost cause. It's like being at a party at 3:30 in the morning, when the 90 people who were there at midnight are gone, and it's down to eight of you in the kitchen. That's the most priceless part of the party. A big part of me wants this team to sweep everything--first round of the playoffs, second round, World Series--then go right back into the toilet so I get my stadium back."

Read the entire article here.