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Cubs Lose! Cubs Lose!
American Spectator ^ | 5/6/13 | Larry Thornberry

Posted on 05/06/2013 5:37:42 PM PDT by rhema

A bad case of Tom Ricketts in Wrigley Field, Chicago.

Major League sports team owners we will always have with us. They are different from the rest of us.

Wake a normal person at three in the morning with a loud noise and he’ll yell, “Holy ****! What was that!?” Wake a major league team owner (any sport) at the same time with the same noise and he’ll explain, “We need a new ball-yard. And if you don’t buy us one with public money we’ll move the team to Keokuk.”

When The Mob does this it’s called extortion. When major league team owners do it, the local chamber of commerce and pliable politicians call it economic development. In either case it’s a bad deal for the marks. If major league franchises were the economic drivers their owners claim them to be, and that gullible or self-interested parties claim to believe them to be, the richest neighborhood in America would be the South Bronx, where the New York Yankees play. Have you been there lately?

Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is running a variation of this hustle just now, and creating some unintentional comedy along the way. At first he went for taxpayer gold like other team owners. But flat broke Illinois and Chicago have told Ricketts that there’s no public money for the half billion dollars in “improvements” he says he wants to make to Wrigley Field, a baseball shrine most savvy baseball fans would be shocked to learn needs improving.

Of course the improvements Ricketts wants, including lots more signage, are things he believes would increase his revenue rather than anything that would improve the game-watching experience in Wrigley. Au the contraire, the item atop Rickett’s wish list, a 6,000-square-foot jumbotron that would loom over Wrigley’s left field bleachers,

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1 posted on 05/06/2013 5:37:42 PM PDT by rhema
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2 posted on 05/06/2013 5:38:41 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: rhema

The problem is that Chicago has two major league teams and something will have to give.


3 posted on 05/06/2013 5:41:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Lifelong Cub fan, lots and lots of scar tissue. They better not move from Wrigley, or I will toss in the towel.


4 posted on 05/06/2013 5:43:38 PM PDT by oldtimer
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To: rhema
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5 posted on 05/06/2013 5:44:24 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: oldtimer

Tiger Fan here but I know the feeling.


6 posted on 05/06/2013 5:46:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rhema
The author is correct about Wrigley and Fenway being shrines that baseball pilgrims the country over humbly flock to. I'd have made the pilgrimage to old Yankee Stadium as well. The new one, not so much, and in any case I don't feel like taking out a second mortgage to watch a ballgame.

But it actually is a sound plan to build a high-tech wonder and wait for the enhanced revenue to purchase high-quality players. As a loyal Seattle fan I can state that that policy has given us every World Series the Mariners have ever won. Which would be one fewer than the Cubs. (Sob!)

7 posted on 05/06/2013 6:05:37 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: oldtimer

Wrigley is a dump. It’s falling apart. It should be torn down and replaced with office buildings.

And Mr. Ricketts might want to try something crazy, like fielding a ball club that can actually win more than 50% of their games.


8 posted on 05/06/2013 6:10:51 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Billthedrill

Mrs L and I love going to the minor league games here locally. A lawn seat is $6.00. Parking is $5.00, and you arent talking your life in your hands walking 20 blocks through the ghetto to get there. A cold beer is $4.00 and a nice charcoal grilled 1/2 pound burger is $4.50.

The team we patronize is the most profitable one in the minor leagues. There is a lesson for Mr. Ricketts in there somewhere.


9 posted on 05/06/2013 6:14:20 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: cripplecreek
I root for 2 teams in Chicago.

The White Sox...

And whoever plays the Cubs.

(unfortunately it hasn't been an overly good year for cheering.) Both are in a race for the cellar.

10 posted on 05/06/2013 6:15:14 PM PDT by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: Lurker
Fenway Park too, tear them all down?

Wrigley might seem like a dump to you, but it isn't to me.

Too many memories.

11 posted on 05/06/2013 6:17:03 PM PDT by oldtimer
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To: mountn man

You could be an Astros fan.

8-24 Ouch.


12 posted on 05/06/2013 6:19:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rhema
If major league franchises were the economic drivers their owners claim them to be, and that gullible or self-interested parties claim to believe them to be, the richest neighborhood in America would be the South Bronx, where the New York Yankees play. Have you been there lately?

US Sucular is the same way. Its an arm pit neighborhood.

Meanwhile, Wrigleyville is Okay. (Just don't bend over if you're a guy)

13 posted on 05/06/2013 6:20:47 PM PDT by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: oldtimer

Then by all means get out your checkbook, hold a bake sale, sell stock in a losing franchise, do whatever to raise the money to refurbish that hole in the north side.

But leave Illinois taxpayers alone. There is not one single good reason for some poor working stiff in Peotome to pay to subsidize your memories.


14 posted on 05/06/2013 6:22:05 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: cripplecreek
You could be an Astros fan.

8-24 Ouch.

White Sox aren't much better at 13-17

Cubs are at 11-20 (Go Astros, Blue Jays, Angels and Marlins)

15 posted on 05/06/2013 6:24:45 PM PDT by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: mountn man
I root for 2 teams in Chicago.

Go Blackhawks.

16 posted on 05/06/2013 6:32:29 PM PDT by Mark17
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To: Billthedrill
. . .it actually is a sound plan to build a high-tech wonder and wait for the enhanced revenue to purchase high-quality players. As a loyal Seattle fan I can state that that policy has given us every World Series the Mariners have ever won. Which would be one fewer than the Cubs. (Sob!)
I must have missed the World Series the Mariners actually did win.

(*FYI---This is from early American history, of course, but the Cubs actually have won two World Series. Back-to-back, even. That, of course, was during the Roosevelt Administration----Theodore's, that is . . .)

17 posted on 05/06/2013 6:39:45 PM PDT by BluesDuke (What made America great: God, guns, and Gibson Les Pauls . . .)
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To: rhema

I’ve about had it with taxpayer extortion by major league owners to the point where I can’t even watch sports anymore. Every owner in the NFL says “we’re going to move to LA!!”, the grifters in the commissioners’ offices (Goodell, Stern, Selig, Bettman) exacerbate the problem, all for the benefit of overgrown drunks in face paint and corporate schmoozing in luxury boxes.


18 posted on 05/06/2013 6:40:06 PM PDT by JacksonCalhoun (CT Yankee in NC Exile - the only swing state to flip (barely))
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To: rhema
Of course the improvements Ricketts wants, including lots more signage, are things he believes would increase his revenue rather than anything that would improve the game-watching experience in Wrigley.
A baseball team that can score more runs than the other guys on a regular basis would do far more to improve the game-watching experience at the Confines than any signage or other cosmetics . . .

(This is the 115th year of their rebuilding effort the Cubs are playing this season, by the way . . .)

19 posted on 05/06/2013 6:45:05 PM PDT by BluesDuke (What made America great: God, guns, and Gibson Les Pauls . . .)
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To: cripplecreek
You could be an Astros fan.

8-24 Ouch.

Oh, yes, the Astros. Weren't they the team named later to complete the trade that made a National League team out of the Milwaukee Brewers?
20 posted on 05/06/2013 6:47:51 PM PDT by BluesDuke (What made America great: God, guns, and Gibson Les Pauls . . .)
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To: oldtimer

Agreed. Too many memories of Wrigley, and just about all good. Especially June 23, 1984. Best baseball game I will ever see. The bad was getting back to my friend’s place and discovering my Mustang Mach 1 had been stolen. I had to make a car theft report to some skeptical Chicago cops after an extra inning game at Wrigley.

Heaven is a warm, sandy beach. Across the road behind the beach is Wrigley Field. You can’t miss it; it’s right between the Indianapoplis Motor Speedway and IU’s Assembly Hall. Unfortunately, I suspect the Cubs lose in Heaven too.


21 posted on 05/06/2013 6:50:09 PM PDT by henkster (I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)
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To: BluesDuke

The Cubs were one game away from winning the World Series in 1945 (they lost 4 games to 3 to Detroit). That’s the last time they played in the World Series, although they almost made it in 1984 (when they would have had a chance to lose to the Tigers again—San Diego lost 4 games to 1).


22 posted on 05/06/2013 6:50:12 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: rhema
I don't follow MLB but everyone knows the Cubs' history. It's a study in futility.

Miserable as it must be to wear that uniform, it doesn't help that the owner wants to put up a Jumbotron with the money. It tells me he thinks the team isn't good enough to bring in the crowds, he needs another medium for that.

I can watch TV at home, thank you.

23 posted on 05/06/2013 6:51:15 PM PDT by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: Verginius Rufus
The Cubs were one game away from winning the World Series in 1945 . . .
. . . and the Texas Rangers twice were a strike away from winning the Series in 2011.

Close counts only in horseshoes, hand grenades, and (I think) atomic bombs . . . unfortunately.

24 posted on 05/06/2013 7:03:45 PM PDT by BluesDuke (What made America great: God, guns, and Gibson Les Pauls . . .)
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So...whatcher tellin’ me is that the M’s have to win two World Series in order to catch up to the Cubbies. Oh, thanks a lot. Let me just go shoot myself now...


25 posted on 05/06/2013 7:21:00 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: oldtimer
Fenway was a dump but they've done a LOT of improvements to the park in the last 15 years in spite of the cramped seating, especially with improvements to the high-revenue luxury boxes. As such, Fenway is a lot more modern ballpark than many people think.
26 posted on 05/06/2013 7:24:29 PM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: Billthedrill
So...whatcher tellin’ me is that the M’s have to win two World Series in order to catch up to the Cubbies. Oh, thanks a lot. Let me just go shoot myself now...
If my New York Mess (er, Mets) and my Boston Red Sox could do it in my lifetime (do not ask my Class A drug bill in October 1986!!!), anything can happen.
27 posted on 05/07/2013 10:34:08 AM PDT by BluesDuke (What made America great: God, guns, and Gibson Les Pauls . . .)
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