At the recent hearing at the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, much was said about outfield signage at Wrigley Field. However, the plan to move the on-field bullpens indoors, under the bleachers, raised nary a peep in protest. The Cubs claimed it will be done for the safety of the players. They claim the same thing on their website on an FAQ page.
I don't believe them. The real reason is to install additional expensive seats. Is there any data on injuries caused by the bullpens' locations? It feels like the desire to make space for the seats came first, and "player safety" rationalization came later.
But come on! Indoor bullpens at Wrigley Field? One of the true pleasures of attending a game is to watch the starters warm up, and then when they get roughed up or throw too many pitches, to watch the relievers stretch and then get ready to enter the game. This part of the fan experience at the second oldest ballpark in the majors will be taken away from us.
Pitchers will soon be warming up indoors, out of sight, under artificial light.
I'm asking you to vote on the idea. See the poll below. Vote and let the Cubs know how you feel about this knuckleheaded idea. Not that they will pay any attention at all. But we still have the right to have our voices heard.
Voting closed. Final tally:
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%
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