By a significant margin, Cub fans don't like the idea of moving the bullpens from out on the field to indoors under the bleachers.
Waiting4Cubs conducted a week-long poll, asking readers to vote. Here are the results:
No! That's crazy and not Wrigley Field. 46%
Yes! I believe them about player safety. 13%
I don't care. Just win a World Series. 39%
The poll was conducted through twiigs.com which made it very difficult to stuff the ballot box, so I believe these numbers to be a very accurate summary of how Cub fans feel about this.
Today, when you get to the ballpark you see this along the left field foul line ...
This has been part of the Wrigley Field experience for 100 years.
We get to the ballpark early so we can watch the Cubs starter get ready. Even if you haven't paid the ridiculous price of up to $275 for a "Bullpen Box Front Row" seat, you can stroll down to aisle 4 or 6 and watch the pitcher warm up until the usher tells you, politely, that you have to leave the section. Then you trudge up to the 500s to watch the game. But even from up there, if the starter begins to get roughed up, you can stand and look down at the pen to see who, if anyone, is warming up.
More Wrigley Field traditions destroyed in the name of installing more expensive seats. One thing, though. They won't be able to call them "Bullpen Seats" anymore. Nor will they be able to charge $275 for one because there will be no pitchers to watch anymore.
They will all be indoors.
As you can see, the next most popular answer in the poll was "Don't care. Just win a World Series." Everyone wants the Cubs to win a World Series, but 46% of us don't think you have to destroy Wrigley Field traditions to do it.
Only the team's losing tradition.
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