Chill Out, Cubs Fans

The Ricketts family and the city of Chicago say they’re getting close to an agreement concerning the renovation proposals for Wrigley Field, but that they also want input from the community before any plans are finalized. Normally, I’d fully support the community and their right to voice concerns about traffic and lighting and advertising and anything else that these renovations may affect. But, after hearing today that some crazy person sent the Rickettses a goat’s head (that’s right, some lunatic found a goat, took its severed head, packaged it, and delivered it to Gate K), something that I’ve long suspected has finally been confirmed: Cubs fans are completely insane and just need to get over themselves.

I’m well aware of the billy goat legend and its significance in Cubs lore. But even as a prank, sending a decapitated head is a really messed up thing to do, and speaks to the insane entitlement that too many Northside fans have, though they will claim they are innocent victims while the Cubs try to storm into the 21st century (thirteen years too late, mind you).

Neighbors of Wrigley Field will undoubtedly be up in arms when the Cubs’ owners reveal their plans for change. And I get it, kind of. It must be frustrating that the rules that were in place when you first moved to the area are now poised to change. But let’s be honest: the Addison stop has always been congested, Sheffield Avenue is routinely worthless, and Clark Street after games is a complete and total nightmare. Actually, Clark Street is pretty much always a complete and total nightmare. A few extra night games, a parking garage and some more signage may change traffic patterns and force you to deal with interruptions that you could previously avoid. And that’s a bummer, but it’s a small price to pay for a team and a landmark that is emblematic of our entire city. The neighborhood surrounding the field has been a colorful area for generations, and a few changes that will affect the area between April and September (don’t deny it, nobody’s going to be around in October anyway) aren’t going to detract from the greater good of the area. Your neighborhood will remain just as vibrant, fans will remain just as loyal, if not more, and the team can bring in some much-needed revenue that will benefit the entire city. Neighbors of Wrigley Field, these changes are about more than just you and your parking needs.

And as for the people who are complaining that these renovations may “corporatize” the Cubs and Wrigley Field…well firstly, where do you think the name “Wrigley” comes from? Do you think somebody just made that up, that the gum company had nothing to do with anything? Oh please, Wrigley is just as corporate as any other ballpark; it just cleverly disguises its advertisements behind a thin layer of ivy and some old timey charm. And speaking of that, Wrigley Field is not nearly as charming as you think it is. It’s a little unsettling sitting in those seats and hoping that the crumbling infrastructure doesn’t decide to drop some concrete on my head.  The bleachers may be a fun party, but it’s the most uncomfortable, sun-stained party I’ve ever been to. And the trough? Ew. Although I’ve clearly never seen the trough, the fact that Wrigley gets away with something like that, and people actually count it as one of the antiquated charms of the place, is beyond me. Wake up, idiots. This place is not the magical land you think it is. And it’s certainly not worth all the effort of sending intimidating packages full of severed heads.

Residents of Wrigleyville, I understand your reasons for being upset. But I also understand that you are one group in a large city, and if you are so bothered to live in a neighborhood with a major sports arena that dares to ask your permission to have more money-earning night games, maybe living in a neighborhood with a major sports arena is not the greatest choice for you. Just putting it out there.

And please, Cubs fans, leave the livestock alone.

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  • I doubt a Cubs fan is responsible for this prank. Fans support the Wrigley restoration plan. My guess is that someone in the neighborhood opposed to the plan (or some high school kids) thought this might be funny. I hope you don't mind that I linked to your blog post in my own post about this incident.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-sports-in-haiku/2013/04/wrigley-goat-curse-redux-821/

  • In reply to Ed Nickow:

    You're probably right--a true fan would never do something like this. My post was more directed to the misguided fans, the ones who I have heard complaining about proposed changes. Thanks for the link!

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