I was quite surprised to hear on the morning of March 19th on Comcast Sports Net’s Sportsnet Central that the Mayor of Rosemont Brad Stephens has offered the Ricketts Family 25 acres of apparently some prime real estate to build the new home of the Chicago Cubs on. This is a report that Comcast Sports Net Chicago reporter David Kaplan put together after an interview with Mayor Stephens.
This is quite troubling to me personally, as I am sure it is with the rest of Cubs Nation, in that Wrigley Field is such a vital part of the Chicago Cubs and the Wrigleyville neighborhood that it would change the dynamic of the Chicago Cubs completely. Rick Reilly, in one of his latest columns, does point out the flaws of Wrigley Field and in his opinion why the Cubs will never win the series. Although I do not totally agree with him, Reilly does make some good points. The hard part as well for me is that neither the City, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County nor the State of Illinois are willing to lift a finger to help save a National Treasure and Landmark.
They lifted a finger or spent the money to help the White Sox, The Bulls & Blackhawks and though I am not completely sure, I am thinking that in some way they helped with screwing up Soldier Field and even helped the Chicago Fire soccer team get a new stadium in Tinley Park!!!!! Yet when it comes to the Cubs, all these people are able to say is F-U Cubs, we do not give a rat’s ass about you. So it appears that no one really cares about the Cubs in Chicago. Yet, the Cubs continue to draw close to 3 million fans a season. The businesses, specifically restaurants, feel that the neighborhood will lose money if the Cubs play more night games. The building owners across the street on both Waveland and Sheffield profit off the Cubs because they have created additional income from having bleachers built on their rooftops which they sell to fans or corporations and are paying chump change to the Cubs based on the income they receive from their rooftop clubs. Wrigleyville residents are worried about the neighborhood going downhill because of the so called rowdy fans supposedly becoming even more stupid leaving the games and using the streets plus alleys as they see fit. Yet, they do not want things that will benefit the neighborhood like a new hotel with shopping mall or potentially help build an annual contender for this organization.
I think that Mayor Emanuel and any other organization is too freakin’ worried about things that truthfully may never happen in the first place and they refuse to look at the history of the sports teams in Chicago that the City or State have helped to rebuild or created new venues for the teams to play in. They are all self centered righteous individuals who do not care about keeping with traditions, renovating a stadium that has been so long associated with this City and this team.
So will the Ricketts family decide to move out to Rosemont? Granted it is a suburb that is adjacent to the City so the name would be able to remain, fans most likely will continue to come to see the Cubs just like after the last players strike. Who knows if and when the Cubs may finally get the ultimate goal accomplished of winning a World Series title. I have had people tell me that there would be one hell of a riot if the Cubs ever won the World Series. I balk at that notion as it would not be a riot however, one hell of a party that would most likely shut the City down because everyone would be too busy celebrating and the restaurants and bars in Wrigleyville would be making more money then they are able to imagine at this point.
So Mayor Emanuel and Alderman Tom Tunney of the 44th Ward plus Pat Quinn, Governor of the so called Great State of Illinois, get your heads out of your collective asses and work with the Ricketts family so that something that is so Chicago and so Illinois will remain forever as a part of Chicago. Not to mention the potential revenue that maybe obtained with renovating Wrigley Field and keeping the Cubs where they belong on the Northside of the City at 1060 West Addison.