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Honeymoon finally over at Wrigley

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08:16 AM ET 05.24 | Turning the Cubs ship around in Chicago is proving a more difficult task than many had hoped. It's early, obviously, but the Cubs are on pace for their worst record in their 137-year history. And based on the clusters of empty seats during their weekend series against the White Sox -- and $14 ticket prices that could be found online -- their run of eight consecutive seasons of drawing at least 3 million fans might be in jeopardy. ... Attendance is still the primary revenue-driving force for teams, and no amount of increased noodle revenue will offset a long decline in ticket-buying. Whether the so-called honeymoon is over with an easily irked fan base isn't nearly as relevant as how long the overhaul will last.

Chicago Sun-Times

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May 24, 2012  08:36 AM ET

Let's see... it's not even June yet, school's not out until next week at the earliest...

Get back to us in August, Sun-Times.

May 24, 2012  08:38 AM ET

there was a marriage?

May 24, 2012  08:41 AM ET

The only entertainment value at Wrigley is the 7th inning stretch.

May 24, 2012  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The only entertainment value at Wrigley is the 7th inning stretch.

Nice...

May 24, 2012  09:01 AM ET

increased noodle revenue?

May 24, 2012  09:10 AM ET

They need to hire obama after he is voted out of office. As GM so he could run the CUBIES deeper into the gutter like he drove the US into the gutter.

May 24, 2012  09:26 AM ET

Last year they were out of it by the fourth. This year looks like the same old story wait until next year. Cub fans can blame Henry for the dumb signings and trades that will probably put them back another 10 years.

May 24, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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They need to hire obama after he is voted out of office. As GM so he could run the CUBIES deeper into the gutter like he drove the US into the gutter.

It wouldn't matter who the president is for you considering you're beyond moronic.

May 24, 2012  10:59 AM ET
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Would love for the Cubs to be contenders............But I don't see it happening.........Apparently the Red Sox wonder boy was'nt the answer.......

So, Theo has been there about six/seven months and hasn't won a pennant yet, what's the matter with that slacker?
This is a long-term project, they don't have much in the minors to build with, and the team on the field is not full of interesting trade prospects.
They will have to build through the draft, and that takes time, and money. The new owners realize that or they wouldn't have hired Epstein.
Look at the Nats, they built through the draft and fielded some horrible teams in the process, but their minor league talent and some astute trades are beginning to pay off. How many years did that take?
Let's revisit this issue in about four years, see where they are then.

May 24, 2012  11:44 AM ET

I still don't think fans of the 'North-Side Yuppie Scum' are smart enough to avoid going to see a turkey product.

May 24, 2012  12:28 PM ET
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I still don't think fans of the 'North-Side Yuppie Scum' are smart enough to avoid going to see a turkey product.

Hmm... White Sox fan or Wisconsinite?

May 24, 2012  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

They need to hire obama after he is voted out of office. As GM so he could run the CUBIES deeper into the gutter like he drove the US into the gutter.

Go troll somewhere else, arsehat.

May 24, 2012  01:33 PM ET
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Let's see... it's not even June yet, school's not out until next week at the earliest...Get back to us in August, Sun-Times.

Word that...

Plus, if a Ticket is found Online for $14, it's already paid for... And that's all the Cubbies care about.

Lastly... When exactly did the Honeymoon start?

May 24, 2012  01:57 PM ET
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It wouldn't matter who the president is for you considering you're beyond moronic.

Have a great day I love pushing chicago buttons.So come out and visit me I would love to show a good old time.

May 24, 2012  04:00 PM ET

Notfornutten, but Cubbies could have hired former Cubbies to run da Club, they seem to have lost there soul, they play like they don't want to be there! It's a bad sign!

May 24, 2012  09:00 PM ET

Big Cubs fan here....They'll never win a championship unless one of two things happen:

1. They get a new stadium where they can play as many night games as everyone else

or

2. The people who live around the stadium (the same ppl who post signs about how long it's been since the Cubs won) stop whining about the lights and allow the team to play as many night games as everyone else

When a team plays at 8 pm in the final game of a road series, gets back home at 1 am and then has to be back at the park for a 1 pm start the next day, this is a huge disadvantage. Not to mention the road team gets priority for batting practice and I've read many Cubs say that they have to be at the park at 10 am just to get in some BP. The whole situation is ridiculous at Wrigley and the team wont win a thing until they remedy the problem

May 25, 2012  03:57 AM ET
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They need to hire obama after he is voted out of office. As GM so he could run the CUBIES deeper into the gutter like he drove the US into the gutter.

Typical Tea Party parrot making nonsensical noise.Your rich Republican idols have been running this country into the ground as they've looted every business from Main Street to Wall Street.

 
May 25, 2012  04:57 AM ET

Lots of O-bummer fans on the blogs, here...odd.

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