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(ESPN)   The owner of the Cubs threatens to leave Wrigley Field over a signage dispute. Chicago responds by offering the Cubs a nice 25 acre plot next to the airport   (espn.go.com) divider line 101
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2013-05-01 02:10:12 PM  
well, no, subby. the city of rosemont (where o'hare is) offered the cubs 25 acres to build a new stadium in an effort to entice them away from their current location in the north side of chicago. i believe a couple of other suburbs have made similar offers.
 
2013-05-01 02:17:46 PM  
MLB should do the fine citizens of Chicago a favor and contract that AAAA franchise already.
 
2013-05-01 02:34:58 PM  

thomps: well, no, subby. the city of rosemont (where o'hare is) offered the cubs 25 acres to build a new stadium in an effort to entice them away from their current location in the north side of chicago. i believe a couple of other suburbs have made similar offers.


Wow that would be a terrible location for an outdoor stadium.  I've been to flea markets in that area, and the airplanes are frequent and terribly loud.

Anyway, they're never going to leave Wrigley.  Its all they have most years to draw fans.
 
2013-05-01 02:41:54 PM  

downstairs: thomps: well, no, subby. the city of rosemont (where o'hare is) offered the cubs 25 acres to build a new stadium in an effort to entice them away from their current location in the north side of chicago. i believe a couple of other suburbs have made similar offers.

Wow that would be a terrible location for an outdoor stadium.  I've been to flea markets in that area, and the airplanes are frequent and terribly loud.

Anyway, they're never going to leave Wrigley.  Its all they have most years to draw fans.


yeah it's a miserable nuclear option, and i'm sure no-one is taking it too seriously.  even more miserable are the arguments against more night games and the left field video screen.
 
2013-05-01 02:43:12 PM  

downstairs: thomps: well, no, subby. the city of rosemont (where o'hare is) offered the cubs 25 acres to build a new stadium in an effort to entice them away from their current location in the north side of chicago. i believe a couple of other suburbs have made similar offers.

Wow that would be a terrible location for an outdoor stadium.  I've been to flea markets in that area, and the airplanes are frequent and terribly loud.

Anyway, they're never going to leave Wrigley.  Its all they have most years to draw fans.


Baseball owners have done stupider things.

<shrug>  Let him. It's his team.  See how much money they make in Not Wrigley Field, or New Wrigley Field, or Cubs Field or whatever.
 
2013-05-01 02:49:18 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: downstairs: thomps: well, no, subby. the city of rosemont (where o'hare is) offered the cubs 25 acres to build a new stadium in an effort to entice them away from their current location in the north side of chicago. i believe a couple of other suburbs have made similar offers.

Wow that would be a terrible location for an outdoor stadium.  I've been to flea markets in that area, and the airplanes are frequent and terribly loud.

Anyway, they're never going to leave Wrigley.  Its all they have most years to draw fans.

Baseball owners have done stupider things.

<shrug>  Let him. It's his team.  See how much money they make in Not Wrigley Field, or New Wrigley Field, or Cubs Field or whatever.


Summer's Eve Park?
 
2013-05-01 02:55:40 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Baseball owners have done stupider things.

<shrug> Let him. It's his team. See how much money they make in Not Wrigley Field, or New Wrigley Field, or Cubs Field or whatever.


Yes, yes they have.  However, he'd not only lose the attraction of Wrigley... he'd be in bigger competition with the White Sox.  The suburbs are more 50/50 with the Sox as compared to the city.  People used to being able to drive and park whereever they go like the US Cellular experience.   And many suburbanites don't like going to the crowded North Side of Chicago, ever.
 
2013-05-01 03:14:27 PM  

downstairs: Benevolent Misanthrope: Baseball owners have done stupider things.

<shrug> Let him. It's his team. See how much money they make in Not Wrigley Field, or New Wrigley Field, or Cubs Field or whatever.

Yes, yes they have.  However, he'd not only lose the attraction of Wrigley... he'd be in bigger competition with the White Sox.  The suburbs are more 50/50 with the Sox as compared to the city.  People used to being able to drive and park whereever they go like the US Cellular experience.   And many suburbanites don't like going to the crowded North Side of Chicago, ever.


Oh I'm not saying it would be a good idea.  But if he wants to destroy one of baseball's truly iconic teams over this little pissing match, just to prove his is bigger, who's to stop him?
 
2013-05-01 03:15:34 PM  
Sign a contract with the city of Hartford and threaten to move them there.
 
2013-05-01 03:17:20 PM  
Ah, Rosemont, that paragon of civic virtue.  Run by Donald Stephens from its founding until his death in 2007.  Now run by Bradley Stephens, his son.  Government that a right wing hedge fund owner would love.
 
2013-05-01 03:20:48 PM  
Oh please move them to Schaumburg. Please please please!

Then try to sell that dilapidated dump when the neighborhood fails.
 
2013-05-01 03:22:56 PM  
Won't happen.  If they move out of Wrigley, they'd have to field a competitive team now and then or people would stop going to the games.
 
2013-05-01 03:23:14 PM  

downstairs: Benevolent Misanthrope: Baseball owners have done stupider things.

<shrug> Let him. It's his team. See how much money they make in Not Wrigley Field, or New Wrigley Field, or Cubs Field or whatever.

Yes, yes they have.  However, he'd not only lose the attraction of Wrigley... he'd be in bigger competition with the White Sox.  The suburbs are more 50/50 with the Sox as compared to the city.  People used to being able to drive and park whereever they go like the US Cellular experience.   And many suburbanites don't like going to the crowded North Side of Chicago, ever.


The lack of any parking lots whatsoever is , in my opinon the single greatest thing about Wrigley feild, and I say that as a one-time resident of Lakeview,  unlike near any other major-league sports stadium of any kind (especially Us Cellular) Wrigley does economic and cultural wonders for te neighborhood it is situated in.   Since people either have to take the subway to the games or park a few miles away and walk in, the area between Belmont and Ashland, Particularly down Clark Street is littered with dozens of bars, cafes, resturants etc where you can get nearly any kind of food imaginable (and most of it damned good)  Add to that the fact that they play so many day games at Wrigley, and going to a cubs game becomes something you make an afternoon/night of , instead of a place you zip into, park in thier lot, buy food at the concession stand and then leave in the 8th inning to beat the traffic while scurrying back home., barely aware you even were in the city.
 
2013-05-01 03:26:36 PM  
Tear it down, pave it over, pretend the whole thing never happened.
 
2013-05-01 03:28:43 PM  

Magorn: downstairs: Benevolent Misanthrope: Baseball owners have done stupider things.

<shrug> Let him. It's his team. See how much money they make in Not Wrigley Field, or New Wrigley Field, or Cubs Field or whatever.

Yes, yes they have.  However, he'd not only lose the attraction of Wrigley... he'd be in bigger competition with the White Sox.  The suburbs are more 50/50 with the Sox as compared to the city.  People used to being able to drive and park whereever they go like the US Cellular experience.   And many suburbanites don't like going to the crowded North Side of Chicago, ever.

The lack of any parking lots whatsoever is , in my opinon the single greatest thing about Wrigley feild, and I say that as a one-time resident of Lakeview,  unlike near any other major-league sports stadium of any kind (especially Us Cellular) Wrigley does economic and cultural wonders for te neighborhood it is situated in.   Since people either have to take the subway to the games or park a few miles away and walk in, the area between Belmont and Ashland, Particularly down Clark Street is littered with dozens of bars, cafes, resturants etc where you can get nearly any kind of food imaginable (and most of it damned good)  Add to that the fact that they play so many day games at Wrigley, and going to a cubs game becomes something you make an afternoon/night of , instead of a place you zip into, park in thier lot, buy food at the concession stand and then leave in the 8th inning to beat the traffic while scurrying back home., barely aware you even were in the city.


I'm a White Sox fan, and don't like the Cubs.  But I agree.  The crowds in the streets can be annoying... but face it, its pretty damn cool to be leave the park and continue the party.  Or go out and get a nice meal.
 
2013-05-01 03:30:50 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: <shrug> Let him. It's his team. See how much money they make in Not Wrigley Field, or New Wrigley Field, or Cubs Field or whatever.


Well if moving and being profitable in the city of Chigago is not feasible, perhaps he should move the team to a new city all together.
 
2013-05-01 03:39:52 PM  
http://www.forbes.com/teams/chicago-cubs/

The team made over a $32 million profit on $274 million in revenue last year.  The biatching about not being profitable is ridiculous.  They've made around $200 million in profit over the last 10 years; if that's not enough to fund your renovations, I don't know what is.
 
2013-05-01 03:41:48 PM  
I think if they moved out of Wrigley Field I'd become a White Sox fan. And I don't even live in Chicago.
 
2013-05-01 03:44:44 PM  

srhp29: Benevolent Misanthrope: <shrug> Let him. It's his team. See how much money they make in Not Wrigley Field, or New Wrigley Field, or Cubs Field or whatever.

Well if moving and being profitable in the city of Chigago is not feasible, perhaps he should move the team to a new city all together.


Perhaps he should move the team to a new city.
 
2013-05-01 03:45:52 PM  
Hey dummy, the stadium is just a way to get people to pay to be a live studio audience for your television show. TV is how you make money in sports.
 
2013-05-01 03:48:37 PM  
Those gigantic scoreboards are an eyesore in any stadium, new or old.
 
2013-05-01 03:51:34 PM  
White sox won a world series.

That us my favorite thing
 
2013-05-01 03:52:30 PM  

Magorn: The lack of any parking lots whatsoever is , in my opinon the single greatest thing about Wrigley feild, and I say that as a one-time resident of Lakeview, unlike near any other major-league sports stadium of any kind (especially Us Cellular) Wrigley does economic and cultural wonders for te neighborhood it is situated in. Since people either have to take the subway to the games or park a few miles away and walk in, the area between Belmont and Ashland, Particularly down Clark Street is littered with dozens of bars, cafes, resturants etc where you can get nearly any kind of food imaginable (and most of it damned good) Add to that the fact that they play so many day games at Wrigley, and going to a cubs game becomes something you make an afternoon/night of , instead of a place you zip into, park in thier lot, buy food at the concession stand and then leave in the 8th inning to beat the traffic while scurrying back home., barely aware you even were in the city.


i could quibble with you about how pretty much every neighborhood in chicago is littered with amazing bars, cafes and restaurants, but instead i'll just agree wholeheartedly that by forcing fans to walk the neighborhood makes cubs games a great and unique experience.

meanmutton: http://www.forbes.com/teams/chicago-cubs/

The team made over a $32 million profit on $274 million in revenue last year.  The biatching about not being profitable is ridiculous.  They've made around $200 million in profit over the last 10 years; if that's not enough to fund your renovations, I don't know what is.


the renovations are all privately funded. they just need to get sign-off from the city, alderman, and rooftop owners before they can begin.  a buddy of mine was at the breakfast this morning where ricketts spoke and ricketts' main point was that their abysmal facilities make it very difficult to attract top talent to play for the cubs and that in order to compete as a large market team, they need better facilities and similar revenue streams from their stadium.  it's not unreasonable, as far as i can tell.
 
2013-05-01 03:52:52 PM  
www.vintageframescompany.com

"Cubs move! Cubs move!"
 
2013-05-01 03:53:45 PM  

Trocadero: Hey dummy, the stadium is just a way to get people to pay to be a live studio audience for your television show. TV is how you make money in sports.


Baseball has tremendous gate revenue.  The Cubs brought in $132 million from gate receipts last year.
 
2013-05-01 03:55:55 PM  

thomps: the renovations are all privately funded. they just need to get sign-off from the city, alderman, and rooftop owners before they can begin.  a buddy of mine was at the breakfast this morning where ricketts spoke and ricketts' main point was that their abysmal facilities make it very difficult to attract top talent to play for the cubs and that in order to compete as a large market team, they need better facilities and similar revenue streams from their stadium.  it's not unreasonable, as far as i can tell.


FTFA:
"The fact is that if we don't have the ability to generate revenue in our own outfield, we'll have to take a look at moving -- no question," Ricketts told reporters after outlining renovation plans to Chicago business leaders.

This is the biatching I was talking about.  You're pulling a healthy profit.  You can afford your team and afford your renovations and make a very nice profit without having to "generate revenue in our own outfield".
 
2013-05-01 03:56:35 PM  

ChrisDe: Those gigantic scoreboards are an eyesore in any stadium, new or old.


Yes, they are.
 
2013-05-01 04:00:53 PM  

meanmutton: Trocadero: Hey dummy, the stadium is just a way to get people to pay to be a live studio audience for your television show. TV is how you make money in sports.

Baseball has tremendous gate revenue.   The Cubs brought in $132 million from gate receipts last year.


The lesson, as always:

Cubs fans are morons.
 
2013-05-01 04:07:07 PM  

meanmutton: Trocadero: Hey dummy, the stadium is just a way to get people to pay to be a live studio audience for your television show. TV is how you make money in sports.

Baseball has tremendous gate revenue.  The Cubs brought in $132 million from gate receipts last year.


Does that include refunds??
 
2013-05-01 04:12:07 PM  

meanmutton: thomps: the renovations are all privately funded. they just need to get sign-off from the city, alderman, and rooftop owners before they can begin.  a buddy of mine was at the breakfast this morning where ricketts spoke and ricketts' main point was that their abysmal facilities make it very difficult to attract top talent to play for the cubs and that in order to compete as a large market team, they need better facilities and similar revenue streams from their stadium.  it's not unreasonable, as far as i can tell.

FTFA:
"The fact is that if we don't have the ability to generate revenue in our own outfield, we'll have to take a look at moving -- no question," Ricketts told reporters after outlining renovation plans to Chicago business leaders.

This is the biatching I was talking about.  You're pulling a healthy profit.  You can afford your team and afford your renovations and make a very nice profit without having to "generate revenue in our own outfield".


that seems to be an argument more about the inflexibility of the other parties he's negotiating with than biatching about not making enough money.
 
2013-05-01 04:13:00 PM  

meanmutton: Trocadero: Hey dummy, the stadium is just a way to get people to pay to be a live studio audience for your television show. TV is how you make money in sports.

Baseball has tremendous gate revenue.  The Cubs brought in $132 million from gate receipts last year.


http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/story/_/id/8889859/los-angeles-do dg ers-launching-regional-sports-tv-network-sportsnet-la
$7B over 25 years, plus rumors that the Dodgers get a cut of the carriage fees (the fee the cable/satellite company pays Time Warner to have the channel on their networks).
 
2013-05-01 04:18:25 PM  
if Ricketts wants to simplify things just buy out the clubs on the left field side of Wrigley.  expensive yes but it solves a problem with minimal fuss, assuming they will sell.
 
2013-05-01 04:18:31 PM  

Trocadero: meanmutton: Trocadero: Hey dummy, the stadium is just a way to get people to pay to be a live studio audience for your television show. TV is how you make money in sports.

Baseball has tremendous gate revenue.  The Cubs brought in $132 million from gate receipts last year.

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/story/_/id/8889859/los-angeles-do dg ers-launching-regional-sports-tv-network-sportsnet-la
$7B over 25 years, plus rumors that the Dodgers get a cut of the carriage fees (the fee the cable/satellite company pays Time Warner to have the channel on their networks).


cubs made less than $50M from their WGN contract last year, but will probably make more in a couple of years when they have the chance to option the contract,
 
2013-05-01 04:22:41 PM  

grimlock1972: if Ricketts wants to simplify things just buy out the clubs on the left field side of Wrigley.  expensive yes but it solves a problem with minimal fuss, assuming they will sell.


i saw an interesting proposal from the rooftop owners that they would build seven video boards above their buildings in lieu of the left field video board. apparently ricketts doesn't like it becuase he doesn't want to commit to a capital expense that he doesn't have control over.
 
2013-05-01 04:23:24 PM  
Maybe they'll move to LA and convert to the NFL. Dumbass.
 
2013-05-01 04:25:58 PM  

newsweek: Maybe they'll move to LA and convert to the NFL. Dumbass.


Hell no. We have enough problems w/ the local affiliates always picking Raiders/Chargers regardless of what other better games are on.
 
2013-05-01 04:37:42 PM  
Having a stadium in an area with no parking is definitely a bonus. The Phone Booth in DC has some good restaurants and bars in the neighborhood. An old coworker told me stories of what Gallery Place/Chinatown was like before the MCI Center was built. The area has developed very nicely.
 
2013-05-01 04:38:37 PM  

Trocadero: Hey dummy, the stadium is just a way to get people to pay to be a live studio audience for your television show. TV is how you make money in sports.


I used to assume that too.  I made too much sense, only 30,000 max can attend a game.  And sell-outs are rare.

But the truth is butts in the seats is how teams still make their money.  At least in baseball.

Think of how much an average family, or average group of buddies, spends at a game.  Especially if they're picking up jerseys/hats/etc.
 
2013-05-01 04:40:13 PM  
the proposed renovations dont look too bad.

or you can do the like yankees and ctrl-x the place, save the file name, and redo the whole thing.
 
2013-05-01 04:41:29 PM  

Magorn: barely aware you even were in the city.


This is Chicago we're talking about, the less you realize you're in the city, the better.
 
2013-05-01 04:54:36 PM  

meanmutton: thomps: the renovations are all privately funded. they just need to get sign-off from the city, alderman, and rooftop owners before they can begin.  a buddy of mine was at the breakfast this morning where ricketts spoke and ricketts' main point was that their abysmal facilities make it very difficult to attract top talent to play for the cubs and that in order to compete as a large market team, they need better facilities and similar revenue streams from their stadium.  it's not unreasonable, as far as i can tell.

FTFA:
"The fact is that if we don't have the ability to generate revenue in our own outfield, we'll have to take a look at moving -- no question," Ricketts told reporters after outlining renovation plans to Chicago business leaders.

This is the biatching I was talking about.  You're pulling a healthy profit.  You can afford your team and afford your renovations and make a very nice profit without having to "generate revenue in our own outfield".


Only been to Wrigley once, but hasn't the pissing match between the ball club and the roof-top owners been going on since, well.... forever?

All this noise about the Cubs moving makes me wonder...
How much trouble would Rahm Emanuel have getting re-elected if he was the one that ended up losing the Cubs?
Wouldn't pretty much that whole area around Wrigley dry up if the team moved?

If the team leaves the roof-top owners get nothing, so something tells me they'll cave. After all, the team has every right to generate revenue in their own outfield, correct?
 
2013-05-01 04:58:17 PM  

thomps: grimlock1972: if Ricketts wants to simplify things just buy out the clubs on the left field side of Wrigley.  expensive yes but it solves a problem with minimal fuss, assuming they will sell.

i saw an interesting proposal from the rooftop owners that they would build seven video boards above their buildings in lieu of the left field video board. apparently ricketts doesn't like it becuase he doesn't want to commit to a capital expense that he doesn't have control over.


Ya think?

If the rooftop owners come out the losers in this, I will not shed a tear.
 
2013-05-01 05:02:01 PM  
Don't let the stadium gate hit you in the ass on the way out.
 
2013-05-01 05:02:56 PM  

downstairs: Anyway, they're never going to leave Wrigley.  Its all they have most years to draw fans.


The simple threat is probably enough to kill off every single bit of goodwill Ricketts ever had or ever will have with Cubs fans. Now I just want Ricketts to sell the team and go away.
 
2013-05-01 05:03:27 PM  

4NTLRZ: Only been to Wrigley once, but hasn't the pissing match between the ball club and the roof-top owners been going on since, well.... forever?

...

If the team leaves the roof-top owners get nothing, so something tells me they'll cave. After all, the team has every right to generate revenue in their own outfield, correct?


I thought that was all worked out, and the Cubs are now getting a cut of the rooftop stuff.
 
2013-05-01 05:04:11 PM  

Gosling: downstairs: Anyway, they're never going to leave Wrigley.  Its all they have most years to draw fans.

The simple threat is probably enough to kill off every single bit of goodwill Ricketts ever had or ever will have with Cubs fans. Now I just want Ricketts to sell the team and go away.


I'll give you that.  It was a very stupid thing to say, even though everyone knows he was bluffing.
 
2013-05-01 05:11:29 PM  

thomps: Trocadero: meanmutton: Trocadero: Hey dummy, the stadium is just a way to get people to pay to be a live studio audience for your television show. TV is how you make money in sports.

Baseball has tremendous gate revenue.  The Cubs brought in $132 million from gate receipts last year.

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/story/_/id/8889859/los-angeles-do dg ers-launching-regional-sports-tv-network-sportsnet-la
$7B over 25 years, plus rumors that the Dodgers get a cut of the carriage fees (the fee the cable/satellite company pays Time Warner to have the channel on their networks).

cubs made less than $50M from their WGN contract last year, but will probably make more in a couple of years when they have the chance to option the contract,


They made less than that from the WGN contract:

The Cubs get about $20 million to air 70 games each year on WGN. [citation]

However, from the same link comes this nugget from a guy who has no clue: Jim Corno, president of Comcast SportsNet Chicago: "Sports content is extremely valuable. It's DVR-proof. Not many people are going to DVR a Dodgers game or a Bulls game or a White Sox game if they can watch it live. The advertiser can buy spots knowing that the chances are very slim that people are not going to watch my commercials because they're going to fast-forward through them."
 
2013-05-01 05:11:39 PM  
And if Ricketts actually does move out of Wrigley, Wrigley is still going to follow him to his new stadium. Any time you move out of a beloved old stadium, the ghost of that stadium hangs over its replacement for the lifetime of the replacement, especially if the new stadium is deemed inferior to the old stadium. Tiger Stadium hangs over Comerica Park. Yankee Stadium hangs over New Yankee Stadium. County Stadium hangs over Miller Park. Ebbets Field still hangs over Dodger Stadium. And let's not even get started on how much Comiskey Park hangs over US Cellular Field. Wrigley's ghost is going to undermine the new stadium from the day it's built to the day it's torn down for something else.
 
2013-05-01 05:15:02 PM  
Oh I'm not saying it would be a good idea.  But if he wants to destroy one of baseball's truly iconic teams over this little pissing match, just to prove his is bigger, who's to stop him?

Why should anyone stop him? Here's the way I see it, and I've been a North Sider, and a Cubs fan since WGN and WTTW were actually just two channels on the same television dial. I'd have to see the Cubs move, and I wouldn't go to see them anywhere but Wrigley Field. However...

This may be the best warfare tactic I have seen from the man. One that puts him in the same league as say, the two Bills:  Veeck and Wrigley. Let me put this to you simply: he's telling them, as nicely as he can: You biatched when I wanted to float the renovations with public money, I need the money from advertising, and improvements in the facilities in order to renovate the place with my own money, without taking one thin taxpayer dime. Wrigley Field is my private property...and you better realize that if you bite the hand that feeds you, and the rest of the neighborhood...I will crush you.

How will he crush them? Easily. All he has to do is maintain Wrigley, and pay the property tax. He can score a new stadium with a play promise of say, 20 or 25 years. He can make sure Wrigley does nothing but sit there. No concerts, no baseball. Maybe he will let people take tours. But he will make sure those rooftop owners who swindled a contract out of the Tribune company before he bought the team have a skybox view of a lawn with a fence around it. He can let the corner at Addison and Clark (on the west side of Clark Street) sit empty, he bought the remainder of that parcel from McDonalds. He can basically buy and build the stuff he wants, at his discretion....and it won't matter where he plays.

Sure the die hards like me wont go to see the Cubs, but make no mistake...he will fill a new stadium. Think about all the cubs fans who live in Arizona who go to Spring Training. Think about Cubs fans everywhere. (And make no mistake, they ARE everywhere. We're like a disease) Sure they won't see them play in Wrigley, but they will go to see them play. Plus, a whole new generation of fans who will go...suburban kiddies, forbidden from going to the city by their soccer mom parents. With the money he saves, and the money he makes, he will field a winning team. Whether it's in Rosemont or Schaumburg...it won't matter to him. He wants to do it in Wrigley, but today he said: I've about had it with this B.S.

Yes, the Cubs make a lot of money. But they're also saying: we're about to spend 300 million to bring the park into the 21st century, and we want to spend another 200 million on stuff for Clark Street, and Sheffield. We're about to make money, and add tax revenue for the City itself. He telling Emmanuel, Tunny, and that obnoxious mouthy tart Beth Murphy: you better take a good good look at the toast, and see which side the butter is on.

I am no fan of Tom Ricketts, but this is the first indication I've seen that the guy has a pair...and is willing to shove them in the face of people who stand in the way of running, what is ostensibly his private business. Wrigley is, for all points and purposes a 100 year old ball park, and it shows. Just look in the restrooms. He's trying to fix the problem, and in a way everyone wins. The place has deteriorated. It needs a major overhaul, one he is willing to pay for out of his own pocket (unheard of mostly these days for a Sports Team owner)....if the city would just let him get started.
 
2013-05-01 05:22:04 PM  

DuoX: I am no fan of Tom Ricketts, but this is the first indication I've seen that the guy has a pair...and is willing to shove them in the face of people who stand in the way of running, what is ostensibly his private business. Wrigley is, for all points and purposes a 100 year old ball park, and it shows. Just look in the restrooms. He's trying to fix the problem, and in a way everyone wins. The place has deteriorated. It needs a major overhaul, one he is willing to pay for out of his own pocket (unheard of mostly these days for a Sports Team owner)....if the city would just let him get started.


I don't want him to get started. I want goddamn Wrigley Field, and I will not stand by The Man Who Tore Down Wrigley Field. He wants a new stadium, he can fill it without me.

They won't be the Cubs anymore. In the words of Jerry Lawler, they'll just be.... a team. That sucks.
 
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