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Tear Down Wrigley Field
It’s the first day of spring (although it doesn’t feel like it with temperatures in the upper teens) but let’s talk baseball. I’ve been a Chicago White Sox fan for 32 years which means I have an unhealthy dislike for the Chicago Cubs. It seems strange, but that’s the rules. The vast majority of fans from Chicago either follow the Sox or the Cubs. Maybe I’m softening in my old age, but it no longer seems like a big deal to me if the Cubs do finally win a World Series.

When I was a kid, a World Series win for the Cubs would have been the worst thing imaginable, but now I wouldn’t mind it. Cub fans have been waiting for more than 100 years so I guess it’s about time they enjoy a championship.

However, I have one suggestion for the Cubs: TEAR DOWN WRIGLEY FIELD AND START OVER. I’m sure Cub fans will think I’m just being an annoying Sox fan trying to cause trouble, but I really think it would help the team.

The mayor of Rosemont has offered the Cubs some sweet property to build a new stadium if they can’t get a deal worked out with the City of Chicago on the proposed renovations to Wrigley. I don’t think the Cubs have to leave the city limits, but they really should start over.

I understand Cub fans love “fun at the ol’ ballpark”, but it’s not really any fun for the players. The facilities are light years behind the other parks and it puts the Cubs at real disadvantage. How would you like if everyone around you used a computer and you had to use an old typewriter?

Many Cub fans will argue Wrigley is classic and should be preserved. Honestly, what has happened at Wrigley that is so historic? Yankee Stadium was built a mere 9 years after Wrigley and PLENTY of historic things happened there. Dozens of World Series games, iconic players, even three Popes have held Mass there. However, Yankee Stadium was torn down for a new facility. You didn’t hear New Yorkers complaining about the “House that Ruth Built” being torn down. When it opened, Babe Ruth hit the very first home run. He said, “I was glad to have hit the first home run in this park. God only knows who will hit the last”. Ruth even knew at the first game that Yankee Stadium would eventually be torn down.

A new Wrigley Field doesn’t have to look ugly. A couple of years ago I went to the Pirates new stadium and it’s fantastic. It feels like an old ballpark, but still has modern amenities for the fans and more importantly the players. The White Sox old stadium, Comiskey Park was actually built before Wrigley Field and I was sorry to see it go back in 1990. However, I moved on and since the Sox built a new home, they have managed to win a World Series.

If the Cubs can figure out a real way to renovate Wrigley like Boston did with Fenway Park that’s great, but if they can’t it’s time to move forward. Everything comes to an end and maybe end of Wrigley Field can also bring an end to the 104 years losing streak for the Cubs.
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Saddest Baseball Player Ever?
The next time you feel like no one in your office appreciates you remember the name Mike Cisco. He’s a minor league pitcher who was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies farm system. He was recently traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for (drum roll) nothing.
Zip. Nada. Zilch. Bupkis.

Ouch! Apparently the Phillies didn’t have any use for him. They could have released him, but instead GAVE him to the Dodgers. Players have been traded for equipment, uniforms and even beer in the past, but being traded for nothing may be a first.

I hope Cisco does make it to the major leagues someday and gets the chance to strike out a few players in Philly.
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Fast Job Interview EVER
I fear we are going to become a society that has no attention span. I better get to the point because you’re probably already bored with this blog. Pizza Hut is looking to hire new people to work the social media arm of the company.

Pizza Hut will be interviewing people at SXSW in Austin for 140 seconds each. You only get to use 140 characters on Twitter so Pizza Hut officials think 2 minutes and 20 seconds should be enough time for someone to make an impression in an interview. Can you really make a good or bad impression in 140 seconds? Apparently, it’s enough for Pizza Hut.

On the positive side, applicants probably won’t have to answer the “where do you see yourself in 5 years” question. This process seems as silly as the classic Monty Python job interview sketch.
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Kevin Hart's SNL Monologue was Offensive
Did anyone else find Kevin Hart’s Saturday Night Live monologue offensive?

Maybe I’m become too sensitive, but Hart told a story about a homeless man who came into a restaurant and put his hand on a customer’s sandwich. Hart says the customer than gave up the sandwich to the homeless person because “ You don’t want to eat a sandwich after a homeless guy had his palm on it. You’re asking for a disease at that point.”

So all homeless people are diseased? Ha! Ha! Let’s poke fun at people who have to live on the street and don’t get to bathe on a regular basis.

He then went on to compare a homeless person to a diseased monkey. Hart said, “You don’t know what an outbreak monkey has, same as the homeless guy. You don’t know what you’ll get. It could be a subtle bump or it could be full-fledged herpes.”
Making fun of politicians and movie stars is good sport, but making fun of the homeless doesn’t really seem clever to me.

Hart said in his monologue that he auditioned for the show as a cast member, but didn’t make it. Good call, Lorne.
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