It Kills Me to Say It…

… but Wrigley Field has to go.

I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m a devout Cubs fan. I love my Cubbies, even though I currently hate them.

And I love Wrigley Field – it has history, it’s gorgeous, it feels like home … it’s the Friendly Confines. But it’s killing the team, and here’s why.

The new ownership has no motivation to spend money and get the team winning. Wrigley sells out every game (even if there are currently empty seats, those seats were bought and paid for) and brings in truckloads of money to the owners. The Cubs are one of the worst teams in baseball and have one of the highest payrolls. A smart owner would see a devout fan-base, trade away the big contracts and re-build, investing in the team with the ultimate goal of becoming World Series Champions.

Instead, the owners poured money into Wrigley, making it a more fan-friendly place. Wrigley was ALREADY a glorified bar. A friend of mine once told me that Wrigley is the only stadium in baseball where you could turn every seat away from the field and still sell out games. At first I thought it was ridiculous, but the more I see Cubs “fans” away from Chicago, the more I think he’s right. People go to Wrigley for the stadium, not so much for the team.

And maybe a new stadium is what we need to really kickstart the team. It worked for the Yankees and the Cardinals (new stadiums brought them rings in their inaugural seasons), maybe it’ll work for us, too. Hell, maybe just threatening to tear down Wrigley and rebuild will light a fire under the organization’s ass because fans would riot.

All I know is this: the Cubs gave up on their season right around the same time I did: May. It’s been a painful year to watch, even more painful to think that the owner didn’t fire Jim Hendry, the worst GM in baseball, and I’m tired of a “fans” going to Wrigley to get wasted with their friends and ignore the game.

It’s time for a major change with the Cubs. I thought the new owners would do it, but so far they just seemed concerned with ticket sales.


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6 Comments on “It Kills Me to Say It…”

  1. Art Says:

    are you trying to be provocative?! because it’s working! i love wrigley! just because there are fans who are only there to enjoy the park and not the product on the field, doesn’t mean we should tear it down! look at the red sox- they’ve hung on with fenway and they’ve been able to win a championship. there’s just more stigma against cubs fans than any other major market team, because we have to deal with “the curse”. once we win a world series, those taunts will largely go away, we’ll be able to celebrate at wrigley field, and we’ll have our pride intact! it pains me to say it, because i say it ever so rarely- but you are wrong, sir.

    p.s.- i had a dream last night, that me, phil, and tom visited you in new york and we went to see a movie. that is all.

    • I don’t WANT to tear down Wrigley. I want the owners to grow a pair, fire Hendry and rebuild the team with young talent. And bring back Mark DeRosa and Ryan Theriot.

      Here’s where the new stadium should go: right next door to Soldier Field. On the water. How awesome would THAT be?!

      I want badly for the Cubs to win it in Wrigley, but I don’t think the owners will ever be motivated to put together a good team when they can have a crappy team and still make boat loads of money.

  2. JW Says:

    Wrigley is really the only thing left that makes anybody pay attention to this franchise. Without it, the Cubs just become the Pirates with money.

    • I agree, and also think that that might not be a bad thing right now. We’d lose all the crappy fairweather fans, the owners would start to lose money and they’d be forced to put together a decent team. I want victories more than Wrigley.

  3. Art Says:

    how are the chicago bears 4-1?

    because i prayed for it, that’s why.

    • i think they like the idea of the cubbies playing near them, you know, for the camaraderie of it all. which obviously means that the entire team reads the blog. except i’m not sure Cutler can read.

      also, the team has been outrageously lucky.

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