The Wrigley Field rooftop owners want the view, the Chicago Cubs want the renovations.
The Cubs have had discussions with the city about adding a 650-square-foot Wrigley Field sign that could potentially block the view from the rooftops.
As a kid, there was that word your parents told you not to say. And if you said it, you’d have to put a quarter in the jar.
Well, the organization owes a quarter.
According to CBS Chicago’s senior columnist Dan Bernstein, the Cubs are having internal conversations about moving elsewhere. It’s the option neither side wanted brought up.
So much for that 100-year celebration.
It doesn’t make sense for the Cubs to move unless the franchises’ limited success is an excuse to get out. And even that shouldn’t be a reason. Manager Rick Renteria took over a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008 and it doesn’t have a clear-cut star on its roster.
Renovations would obviously modernize Wrigley Field, but this isn’t some start-up stadium.
People come from across the country to see the historic Wrigley Field sign, not the Cubs. If you suck the history out of the Cubs, they’re left with a team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908 and a new ballpark that will look like U.S. Cellular Field did last season.
And if you suck the Cubs out of Wrigleyville, it’s just a city with a string of bars like any other area. This franchise needs to hold onto the best part it has left and build on it the right way. In 2004, the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series title since 1918…when it ironically beat the Chicago Cubs in six games.
Boston didn’t destroy its iconic stadium by renovating the Green Monster and the Cubs shouldn’t destroy their iconic stadium by ruining the view from the rooftops. It’s not like the conversation involves an in-ground swimming pool out in centerfield or a ferris wheel in left. We’re talking about a franchise that would let Budweiser endorse itself, ruining a tradition.
The rooftops make Wrigley Field, Wrigley Field makes the Cubs. If the team improves, imagine this.
It might be hard, but close your eyes and imagine the Cubs winning the World Series inside Wrigley Field…from the rooftops.
Would you want it any other way?