In the 2000s, the Chicago Cubs
and the owners of the rooftops surrounding Wrigley Field had quite a tiff going on. The Cubs
put up fences in the bleachers blocking the view of the Wrigleyville rooftops, so the rooftop owners built their seats higher above it. Then the ballclub put up another screen blocking the view, claiming it was for “post 9/11 security screens.” After years of squabbling they settled on the small business owners giving them 17%.
You can see how both sides have a point- the local businesses help build the Wrigleyville neighborhood up from dangerous ghetto on the outskirts to trendy, adult playground. The Cubs
have a point in that someone else is directly profiting off their product. Well the years of detente are over and it looks like there’s going to be another battle over revenue between the two interests...
Air travelers passing through Chicago O’Hare International Airport can now get a taste of the Friendly Confines and take a piece of Cubs history home to share with family and friends. The Chicago Cubs today unveiled the Cubs Bar & Grill, which is a licensing deal with HMSHost and the Chicago Department of Aviation. The... Read more »
The Chicago Cubs
are on pace to lose at least 105 games, and 110 is on the table. For historical reference, the club record for Ls is 103. Things are getting so bad for the Cubbies that even their logo is trying to flee away from the team. Take a look at Cubs
pitcher Travis Wood
, and his batting helmet.
This occurred in last night’s win over the New York Mets in which Wood out-dueled Johan Santana...
In this job market, nepotism rules. Yesterday the Chicago Cubs selected third baseman Rustin Sveum, son of Cubs manager Dale Sveum, in the 39th round (1,184th) out of Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hey, it’s not what you know, but who you know right? Last year, the Cubs drafted Shawon Dunston Jr. so... Read more »
“Could the Cubs send Ryan Dempster 8.1 miles south to the White Sox?” That was the question posed by WSCR’s David Schuster during the Sox pregame show Saturday. “Dempster has pitched well but has nothing to show for it,” Schuster further explained minutes before the White Sox took on the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular... Read more »
By 5:30 pm central time today, we will receive confirmation of what we already know- that Northwestern is not being selected for the NCAA Tournament. Just like every year that they have played college basketball, they will not be taking part in the big dance. Their season will continue on in the NIT, meaning that... Read more »
The Chicago Cubs today reached three million fans at Wrigley Field for the eighth season in a row and will be one of only four major league baseball franchises to surpass the mark every year starting in 2004. Remember, this for tickets sold, not fans showing up. Because we’ve seen how empty Wrigley has been... Read more »
Who says sports and politics don’t mix? These days, college and professional teams spend a lot of money and effort trying to manipulate their message and the media. So why not bring a former political operative in the front office? And that’s what the Chicago Cubs did today- announcing the appointment of Julian Green to... Read more »
Mind-numbing futility and abject failure is so commonplace to Chicago baseball that making fun of it isn’t even worth doing anymore. It’s become so routine: seeing small market teams with payroll half the size of the Cubs and White Sox, yet beating both of them down and passing them over in the Central divisions. It’s... Read more »
The Chicago Cubs officially fired General Manager Jim Hendry yesterday, naming Assistant GM Randy Bush as his interim successor. Owner Tom Ricketts issued a statement saying that the search for Hendry’s long-term replacement has already begun. Hendry, 56, was named Vice President/General Manager on July 5, 2002 and departs as the third-longest tenured general manager... Read more »