A ‘Group Patio’ in right field and a new 75-foot LED scoreboard? This is what Cubs fans want at Wrigley Field? According to Cubs chairman, Tom Ricketts, the answer is yes.
Since when did Cubs fans decide the charm of the ol’ ballyard wasn’t up to snuff, that a giant video board was a missing piece, that the right field bleachers were clearly lacking corporate advertising?
I’m curious to know ‘Who are these Cubs fans’…and what else will they ask for–fireworks after a Cubbie home run, a children’s playground in the left field bleachers…a new ballpark in the suburbs?
This is either a severe case of the Cubs miscounting hanging chads, or we’re getting fed a serious line of phony boloney.
In one regard, however, it’s a nod to the Cubs new confidence as an organization. They know building a winning franchise will put butts in the seats no matter what goes up at the ballpark.
So why not just come out and say it?
If more revenue in the form of expanded bleacher seating and scoreboard advertisements help turn the Cubs into contenders, just say so–we can deal with it, albeit begrudgingly.
Having waiting 100-plus years for a championship, there isn’t much this fan base can’t handle–even the corporatization of Wrigley Field.
But that doesn’t mean the Cubs shouldn’t be mindful of giving us more of what we didn’t ask for.