Wrigley, the Toyota sign and common sense

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At least one voice of reason is heard up at Wrigley Field among the chorus of whiners about the Toyota sign. It comes from a poster named Dan commenting on the Tribune story about the sign going up:

As a life-long Cubs fan I say, who cares? I say tear down the whole damn ball park if it means we'll win a World Series. I don't understand the attachment to bricks and mortar.

Exactly.

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  • I had the answer to guys like Dan on Len and Bob's blog a couple of years ago.

    At least it was true then that the only reason Wrigley Field was full is that it was Wrigley Field and provided an in-city beer garden for then 38,000 who would come no matter what. Make it Old Style Stadium at Arlington Park or Poplar Creek, and no one would show for bad baseball, not to mention having rooftop owners paying 17% to the Cubs for people wanting to drink there.

    Expectations are a bit higher since then, and apparently there are a few empty seats now that D Lee and Aramis stink, but so long as Wrigley Field is there, you won't have the situation like in St. Petersburg with a good team and no fans.

    What Ricketts needs to do is what Rocky Wirtz did--kick out the old guard and put in his own people with a goal and a plan. So far, Ricketts hasn't shown any inclination of doing that. Maybe he is a Cubs fan in the sense of most Cubs fans--i.e. winning doesn't count, as long as fans and sponsors pay.

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