Forget how many night games and concerts Rahm will allow the Chicago Cubs. Wrigley Field is changing before our eyes, and the Cubs tour remains one of the best $25 deals in town. So, while our guys in blue are on the road, book a look at quickly fading history.
Last month I toured Wrigley Field for the third time, and each trip around the ivy offers visible and important changes. Now that the flashy new Cubs clubhouse is off limits (Boo! I loved seeing the old one a few years ago), there remains one other limited-time opportunity.
Time is running out to see the historic and cramped visitors’ clubhouse. From Hank Aaron to Vince Lombardi, the ghosts of our baseball and football past at Wrigley Field are unmistakable. On this day, a lone Cleveland Indians (please change the name and dump the offensive logo) fan asked if the champagne was in the clubhouse during game five of the World Series.
“Yes,” was the simple answer from our colorful bleacher bum tour guide.
There are untold bleachers stories including why the baskets were really installed. Even as the Cubs tweak bleacher seating, the view from right field is largely as I remember it in 1976. We shouted at Rusty Staub standing there.
The other change coming is in the ancient and cramped press box area. This alone is a reason to see it now.
By far, the most personal connection to the players’ “office” is the chance to sit in the dugout, peek down the tunnel and take a sip from the water fountain.
It’s not glamorous, but it is where the 2016 Cubs reversed the curse.
I have mixed emotions about the ongoing Wrigley Field renovation: We should be happy that the “Friendly Confines” were saved, and the horrible suburban threat was ditched. At the same time, each passing year turns the old park into something more corporate, profit-centered and slightly unfamiliar. While revenue drives Ws, the hidden secrets of Wrigley Field may be lost.