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Why Wrigley Field Must Be Destroyed
The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 14, 2012 | RICH COHEN

Posted on 05/14/2012 7:46:35 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Having not won a World Series since 1908, and having last appeared on that stage in 1945—a war year in which the professional leagues were still populated by has-beens and freaks—the Chicago Cubs must contemplate the only solution that might restore the team to glory: Tear down Wrigley Field.

Destroy it. Annihilate it. Collapse it with the sort of charges that put the Sands Hotel out of its misery in Vegas. Implosion or explosion, get rid of it. That pile of quaintness has to go. Not merely the structure, but the ground on which it stands.

I'm a Roman, and to me, the expanse between Waveland and Addison on Chicago's North Side is Carthage. The struts and concessions, the catwalk where the late broadcaster Harry Caray once greeted me with all the fluid liquidity of an animatronic Disneyland pirate—Hello, Cubs fan!—the ramps that ascend like a ziggurat to heaven—it's a false heaven—the bases, trestles, ivy, wooden seats and bleachers, the towering center-field scoreboard—all of it must be ripped out and carried away like the holy artifacts were carried out of the temple in Jerusalem, heaped in a pile and burned. Then the ground itself must be salted, made barren, covered with a housing project, say, a Stalinist monolith, so never again will a shrine arise on that haunted block. As it was with Moses, the followers and fans, though they search, shall never find its bones.

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1 posted on 05/14/2012 7:46:38 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Amen


2 posted on 05/14/2012 7:52:14 PM PDT by TopDog2
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To: MinorityRepublican

All I do is donate a dollar a day to FR and all you do is post this in News.


3 posted on 05/14/2012 7:54:05 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Seeing Ernie Banks ride a float in the Gay Pride Parade ended my lifelong support of the Cubs. Not to mention, the Ricketts family is an ardent supporter of gay “marriage” and “gay rights”.

But the Ernie Banks thing just killed me...


4 posted on 05/14/2012 7:54:39 PM PDT by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Carthage must be destroyed!


5 posted on 05/14/2012 7:55:04 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The President who ate the dog, will soon wag the dog.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Hmm - was this schmoe calling for the razing of Fenway before 2004, too?
6 posted on 05/14/2012 7:55:56 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

That was a laugh riot!


7 posted on 05/14/2012 7:56:12 PM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: MinorityRepublican

the Wrigleys are outed, Theo is there ,,, victory will soon be yours


8 posted on 05/14/2012 7:59:19 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning for local conservatives in central CT.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

It won’t help.Cleveland tore down their old stadium and built a new one.Rocky Colivito’s curse continues unabated.


9 posted on 05/14/2012 8:00:09 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Somebody has to lose. May as well be the Cubs. They’re good at it.


10 posted on 05/14/2012 8:00:29 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I think old quaint ballparks like Wrigley Field and Fenway Park should stay. And I say that as a Bostonian who would rather go to Camden Yards or even the dreaded Yankee Stadium to see a ballgame so that I can actually watch a game from a seat I can fit in without a pole in front of me with my car in an actual parking lot instead of wedged in back of a gas station in which I had to hand $40 and my car keys to some non-English speaking guy in a Bob Marley t-shirt and dreadlocks from some Caribbean island.


11 posted on 05/14/2012 8:01:08 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: MinorityRepublican

So WSJ pays people to write this drivel? Geez... If he believes half of what he wrote, he probably has a bag of frog eyes, chicken bones, bat crap, and a snip of hair from Babe Ruth hanging from the rear view mirror of his car to prevent accidents as well...


12 posted on 05/14/2012 8:01:42 PM PDT by Raven6 (Psalm 144:1 and Proverbs 22:3)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Though I usually skip sports threads, I clicked on this one only because it was from the WSJ. All I can say is that WSJ has really gone down hill if it is printing this kind of sentimental nonsense juxtaposed with quasi-superstition.


13 posted on 05/14/2012 8:02:10 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: MinorityRepublican

It ain’t the park, son. The team sucks swamp water. As a Mariners fan I ought to know.


14 posted on 05/14/2012 8:04:31 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: MinorityRepublican

Elwood Blues will have to go to the DMV to get his address changed.


15 posted on 05/14/2012 8:06:49 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

This is important. It’s Baseball.


16 posted on 05/14/2012 8:06:49 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
* No success in three-four years: fire the field manager.
* No success in three-four field managers: fire the general manager.
* No success in three-four general managers: fire the owner.
* No success in three-four owners: blow up the ballpark.

I see....

17 posted on 05/14/2012 8:10:03 PM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: dfwgator

Excellent


18 posted on 05/14/2012 8:11:41 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Quitcherbitchin..


19 posted on 05/14/2012 8:13:47 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles

What’s all this about FSU going to the Big 12.


20 posted on 05/14/2012 8:17:33 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator
Elwood Blues will have to go to the DMV to get his address changed.

"1066 West Addison?

That's Wrigley Field!"

21 posted on 05/14/2012 8:18:59 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Melas

All of the old sports stadiums and traditions must be destroyed. So that the masses will be more willing to accept the future their masters dictate to them.

The more people forget how things ever were, the easier it is to get them to accept “change”.


22 posted on 05/14/2012 8:19:13 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: Disambiguator

23 posted on 05/14/2012 8:21:24 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Good article. All good things must come to an end. As a Pittsburgher, I grew up in walking distance of old Forbes Field where Honus Wagner played-- where I saw my first Pirates and Steeler Games torn down. It was somewhat sad, but honestly, Forbes Field was a dump... it needed to be torn down. Just like Wrigley needs to go.

Recently, the Pittsburgh Civic Arena (the Igloo) was demolished. I had many a fond memories of that place... the first time I ever tried ice skating... the Hornets, Penguins... college basketball... concerts from the Beatles to Sonny & Chere to Paul MaCarthy... but it was time. The building had outlived its usefulness.

Nostalgia is a great thing, but there is always a time to move on.

24 posted on 05/14/2012 8:25:18 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Ditto

Yankees Fan from WAY back [I was at the ‘58 and ‘61 World Series]. Didn’t complain about the re-model, BUT when they built Macoombs Dam Park, instead of building a new Stadium on the site of the old one, I swore I’d never enter the place. Never have. Sometimes nostalgia is all you’ve got.

Maris din’t hit #61 in “The New Yankee Stadium”. Larsen, Wells and Cone didn’t pitch perfect games there. And Gehrig didn’t play first, Mick didn’t play center, Ford didn’t pitch, Yogi and thurman didn’t catch there, and Ruth never hit the snot out of a baseball there...


25 posted on 05/14/2012 8:32:37 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: MinorityRepublican

For all you north siders here. The last time the Cubs won it all, they played at Polk and Wood Streets, on the south side.


26 posted on 05/14/2012 8:39:26 PM PDT by dznutz
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To: MinorityRepublican

Please let the Cardinals get some more easy Ws from that hellhole and those stupid Cubbies.

then yeah - arc-light that POS!!


27 posted on 05/14/2012 8:45:41 PM PDT by Longdriver
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To: MinorityRepublican
I got a Joey Votto bobblehead this past Saturday night at Great American BallPark. Sat in the *front row-w--w". 42K in attendance but lost to the Nats 2-1. Next night, Mother's Day, about 5K in attendance and Votto hits three homers.

When I lived in Lincoln Park, I'd take in 30-40 Cubs games a year but there was only one year (81) where the Cubs got into the playoffs. This is a great park and this Cohen writer is a real b*tcher for sure.

28 posted on 05/14/2012 8:50:42 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: MinorityRepublican

So that more taxpayers can be bilked for building a replacement?


29 posted on 05/14/2012 8:53:00 PM PDT by Ingtar ("As the light begins to fade in the city on the hill")
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To: MinorityRepublican

Curse of the Billy Goat


30 posted on 05/14/2012 8:56:01 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: SamAdams76

That all is true, but....good times...good times. :-)


31 posted on 05/14/2012 9:01:56 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Waiting for the new tagline to download)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Wrigley Field is an entity and an attraction all its own. It’s the world’s biggest beer garden and singles bar.

The Cubs are nothing but a sideshow of minimal relevance.


32 posted on 05/14/2012 9:09:41 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: PzLdr
Maris din’t hit #61 in “The New Yankee Stadium”. Larsen, Wells and Cone didn’t pitch perfect games there. And Gehrig didn’t play first, Mick didn’t play center, Ford didn’t pitch, Yogi and thurman didn’t catch there, and Ruth never hit the snot out of a baseball there...

Ya, but in Pittsburgh, I can take you to a hunk of the left-center field wall where Mazirosoki's home run in 1960 beat the Mighty Yanks in game seven. The people with the serious nostalgia thing for baseball gather there every October 13 to reminisce.

No matter how much you love your wife, you can't make her like she's 20 years old again, and you can't make an old dilapidated ball park attractive to 20 year olds either.

There's a point where ball teams have to move on. It is a business after all.

33 posted on 05/14/2012 9:11:23 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: MinorityRepublican

How about moving the Cubs to either Tennessee or North Carolina? Chicago doesn’t need two teams anymore.


34 posted on 05/14/2012 9:59:21 PM PDT by Greg123456
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To: MinorityRepublican

That’s just so cute. A Cubs fan with dreams of getting to the Big Show.

When you add up a combination of World Series appearances and/or wins, the Yankees and the Cardinals have owned the last century. The Cubs, not so much.

Would a new park really make a difference?


35 posted on 05/14/2012 10:46:17 PM PDT by lurk
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you can’t make an old dilapidated ball park attractive to 20 year olds either.

but when they turn 40 their memories are golden
and they remember. Sure they go to the modern venues
but they go to Wrigley to experience baseball.

Go Cubs.


36 posted on 05/15/2012 1:22:08 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SamAdams76

Was that you I was sitting next to on Saturday? I’m 6’1”, not abnormally tall but when I sit in the common seats at Fenway my knees are always jammed into seat in front of me. It’s a great ballpark but it was built for hobbits.

I got away with giving the Jamaican only $30 this time.


37 posted on 05/15/2012 2:49:17 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Thye should convert a section of seats behind home plate to a small goat pasture. I wouldn’t go to watch the Cubs. But I might go to watch the goats watch the Cubs.


38 posted on 05/15/2012 3:32:11 AM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: Melas

I agree. Still as much as the WSJ has gone downhill, it is still better than the toilet paper quality we get from all the other big city rags out there.


39 posted on 05/15/2012 3:36:19 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Hell with the flubs. I guess it is now offical that no one alive remembers their last championship. Serves these ____ right. Most obnoxious ignorant fans in MLB.


40 posted on 05/15/2012 3:40:13 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Over my dead body: May 23, 1945 - Chicago Lying-In Hospital, University of Chicago. Touch that field and prepare to die Cohen!


41 posted on 05/15/2012 3:42:55 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Get away with this and ‘they’ will be wanting to tear down Ebbets Field or, even worse, move the Dodgers out of Flatbush, or the Giants away from Coogans Bluff and the Polo Grounds.


42 posted on 05/15/2012 5:12:27 AM PDT by xrmusn (#6/98# Let's start from scratch by voting ALL incumbents out.)
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To: PzLdr
"Ruth"

I'm assuming you've read "The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Homeruns" by Bill Jenkinson?

43 posted on 05/15/2012 6:02:45 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Ditto
"a dump"

I have a bro-in-law who held season tickets to the White Sox and took me to a game at old Comiskey Park the year before it was torn down. I couldn't believe how small the park was. Many foul balls went completely out of the park. It was a dump.

44 posted on 05/15/2012 6:06:19 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: MinorityRepublican

The Cubs Official Motto:

“Just wait’ll next year!”

/card fan for 38 years.


45 posted on 05/15/2012 6:52:18 AM PDT by buffaloguy (uab.)
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To: Ditto

I don’t disagree. I wasn’t opposed to a new Stadium. I’m pissed because they didn’t build it where the old Stadium had been.

And as for 1960, that’s still the only Series the Yankees lost that REALLY pisses me off [1981 against the Dodgers comes second]. The only upside was that it cost Stengel his job. Whitey should have pitched Game 1, instead of 2. then he would have pitched 4, and 7.


46 posted on 05/15/2012 7:30:52 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr
I’m pissed because they didn’t build it where the old Stadium had been.

Isn't the new stadium right next door to the old?

Where would the Yanks have played for two years when they tore down the old stadium and built new on the same spot?

And as for 1960, that’s still the only Series the Yankees lost that REALLY pisses me off

As a 12 year old Pirates fan at the time, I thought it was the greatest series ever! The Yanks broke all the series batting records and the Pirates won anyway. ;~))

47 posted on 05/15/2012 8:05:57 AM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Having not won a World Series since 1908, and having last appeared on that stage in 1945—a war year in which the professional leagues were still populated by has-beens and freaks—the Chicago Cubs must contemplate the only solution that might restore the team to glory: Tear down Wrigley Field.

Yeah—but on the other hand, look at all the teams that have won games in Wrigley Field while playing the Cubs.

48 posted on 05/15/2012 8:14:59 AM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Farmer Dean; MinorityRepublican

Same in Pittsburgh. The Buccos said, “Build us a new ballpark and we’ll give you a winning team”. Two hundred million dollars and eleven years later and the losing streak is extending into its 20th straight year.

We stole Louis Bierbauer and the longest losing steak in professional sports from the Phillies. WhooHoo!


49 posted on 05/15/2012 8:20:37 AM PDT by SargeK
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To: Ditto; PzLdr
Where would the Yanks have played for two years when they tore down the old stadium and built new on the same spot?

St. Louis built the new Busch right into the old one with an overlap without skipping a beat.

50 posted on 05/15/2012 8:49:26 AM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Pictionary at the Rorschach's tonight!)
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