In this Sport Thought Thursday, we are going to get into the debate on the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. We are going to review the history of Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. I do not think that the general baseball fan know they both have different history. Let us get into this debate.
Chicago Cubs History
The history of Chicago Cubs started as Chicago White Stockings in 1870 by defeating the St Louis Unions. In 1876, the White Stockings join the newly formed league known as the National League. In 1907 and 1908, the Chicago Cubs became the first team in Major Baseball League to win back to back World Series. They beat the Ty Cobb’s Detroit Tigers. Everyone knows the history of never winning another World Series after that. They are now own by Ricks and they are in rebuilding mode, which is being rebuild by former GM of the Boston Red Sox. Red Sox just like the Cubs went on a long just like the Cubs.
Wrigley Field History
The history of the Wrigley Field is just as rich as the Chicago Cubs. Wrigley Field was home of the Chicago Whales of the Federal League when it opened back in 1914. In that year, the field was known as Weeghman Park. When the Chicago Cubs moved into the field after the Federal League folded in 1916. The field was called Cub Park. It was renovated in 1937 and 1988. It was expanded in 1922, 1927, and 2006. To build this field, back in the day was $250,000 in 1914, which today will equal $5.73 million. This field is one of the smallest in the league.
State of Wrigley Field Today
Today, the Chicago Cubs as a business is taking a hard look at Wrigley Field. They need to restore the field and they know it. They are looking at putting up more Ads throughout the ballpark that the previous owners would not do. They are also looking to put more signs behind the bleachers. The problem is the rooftops are complaining that it would block their views into the ballpark. Does this sound wrong? It is wrong because the Chicago Cubs only get a small percentage of the ticket sales from the rooftops. The ads they could put up behind the bleachers would cover their small percentage that they get from the rooftops and more in about a season. The other problem is the neighborhood around Wrigley Field and it does not help that the field is a historical landmark. The Ricks, who own the Chicago Cubs, would have to get permission from the state and the neighborhood to do anything in and around Wrigley.
In closing, I believe it would be best for the Chicago Cubs to move out of Wrigley Field. This is the reason why. They are profitable at Wrigley Field because it is a tourist event. I am not saying that is the fan base. They are getting most of their money from the box office. They cannot put signs throughout the park because of the rooftop that are stealing the product on the field. Yes, they are giving money to the Cubs but not at what the Chicago Cubs Could make on ads. Yes, the Chicago Cubs could fix up the locker room, etc. They want to make sure they can do everything not somethings. I believe Rosemont deal will help the Cubs get what they want out of the City of Chicago and the neighborhood. I believe you will see no more rooftops in the future if the Chicago Cubs stay at Wrigley Field. I believe the Chicago Cubs will not be playing baseball in the city limits soon. I could be wrong. Please let me know what your thoughts are about this. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser