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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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