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08:17 AM ET 06.25 | On the upside, Cubs fans will likely see Anthony Rizzo in the lineup, but these are hard days for the franchise, and the state of the Friendly Confines isn't helping. Players were diplomatic about the grotesque look of the field during [the team's recent] homestand and the perception that the use of the ballpark for every possible concert and paid yoga gathering looks more important than the baseball to the top business brass. That's right, yoga. ... [The] relentless selling of Wrigley Field from the business side of the operation is creating a perception of franchise priorities that seem to take the baseball product for granted, if not push it into second-citizen status.

Chicago Sun-Times

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June 25, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Ok, I'll listen, you Deliver!!!

June 25, 2012  08:38 AM ET

This is something teams do now to bring in extra revenue. It's not something new.

June 25, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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This is something teams do now to bring in extra revenue. It's not something new.

Theo learned this during his tenure with the Red Sox.

June 25, 2012  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Theo learned this during his tenure with the Red Sox.

The Red Sox aren't the only team that does it, just about every franchise does now.

June 25, 2012  09:01 AM ET

They gotta get a draw somehow....

June 25, 2012  09:01 AM ET

Hey, my name is "Sorry"ain't-I......

June 25, 2012  09:03 AM ET

I sure their fans don't want to hear any more excuses. The bottom line it is what it is and all the players need to be telling their fans is they will try their best to make it to 500 before the season is over.

June 25, 2012  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The Red Sox aren't the only team that does it, just about every franchise does now.

Alot of franchises do it, but most of them only have one concert/event duringh the season on the grass because the field can't handle more than that.

June 25, 2012  09:50 AM ET

It takes time to turn around a franchise with very few chips to play with.
Give Theo three years to draft/trade and develop minor league talent and the Cubs may begin, I say BEGIN, to be a competitive team, perhaps four or five years to be title contenders.
It can happen, if everyone is patient. If not, then the whining about such silly things as using the ballpark for concerts etc. will become a distraction.
Theo is a smart executive; let the man do his job without silly distractions.

June 25, 2012  09:59 AM ET

Hmm i dont believe Theo has control to bring in concerts anyways

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June 25, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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Wrigley is a pisshole of a stadium that needs to be torn down. Yeah, it has the history, and the area surrounding it is awesome, but the stadium is about to fall in, guys. Many seats have a view of a pole, and ramps going up to the upper decks are terrible, concrete chunks are falling from overhead...tear it down, play elsewhere for a couple of years, and recreate it.I hear people compare Wrigley and Fenway. I visited both last summer. THERE IS NO COMPARISON. One is a museum that has been modernized. One needs to be replaced.

I dunno about Wrigley but I know Fenway well and that needs to be replaced as well

June 25, 2012  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Wrigley is a pisshole of a stadium that needs to be torn down. Yeah, it has the history, and the area surrounding it is awesome, but the stadium is about to fall in, guys. Many seats have a view of a pole, and ramps going up to the upper decks are terrible, concrete chunks are falling from overhead...tear it down, play elsewhere for a couple of years, and recreate it.I hear people compare Wrigley and Fenway. I visited both last summer. THERE IS NO COMPARISON. One is a museum that has been modernized. One needs to be replaced.

Went there about five years ago. The wire mesh around the exterior to keep crumbling cement and bricks from falling on to the pedestrians below looks terrible.

June 25, 2012  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Wrigley is a pisshole of a stadium that needs to be torn down. Yeah, it has the history, and the area surrounding it is awesome, but the stadium is about to fall in, guys. Many seats have a view of a pole, and ramps going up to the upper decks are terrible, concrete chunks are falling from overhead...tear it down, play elsewhere for a couple of years, and recreate it.I hear people compare Wrigley and Fenway. I visited both last summer. THERE IS NO COMPARISON. One is a museum that has been modernized. One needs to be replaced.

Not too long ago the same could be said about Fenway, some still say it.

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June 25, 2012  01:18 PM ET

Here's the thing: the Cubs sell tickets regardless of how bad they are because Wrigley is a "destination". If it isn't douchey business men trying to look important to potential clients buying the overpriced tickets, it's the other teams' fans. And if not them, it's the drunk frat groups that feel like "catching a game" before getting blackout drunk in old Wrigleyville (which is basically a collection of nothing but bars). They're in one of the largest sports markets in the nation, they're clearly the favored team of that city...basically owning the Cubs is a license to print money, because it will take many consecutive 100 loss seasons combined with another Prohibition to make Wrigley Field NOT a destination.

So, with that in mind, I don't see why they don't take that extra money they're getting from concerts and other extra-curriculars and apply that to fixing a stadium that is pretty much falling apart. Or, you know, fielding a good team.

June 25, 2012  01:54 PM ET
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I dunno about Wrigley but I know Fenway well and that needs to be replaced as well

y'all are nuts. both places are national treasures. i'll deal with some 20th century infrastructure in order to watch a ballgame in either of the most beautiful settings in american sports.

June 25, 2012  03:42 PM ET
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Not true at all. It has aged well, and the updates were well done.

People have said it, continue to say it and the renovation started when, not too long ago. thanks for allowing me the opening to explain.

 
June 25, 2012  03:42 PM ET
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y'all are nuts. both places are national treasures. i'll deal with some 20th century infrastructure in order to watch a ballgame in either of the most beautiful settings in american sports.

Plaster falling on your head, rats are a helth problem...enjoy your "nostalgia"

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