Say It Ain’t So . . . Sam

Wrigley Field

It’s official. The new owner of the Chicago Cubs will forever be know as the monster that changed the name of Wrigley Field. See this article from MLB.com.

I have a pretty big problem with this having been a Cubs fan all of my life. First off, no one will ever call Wrigley Field by any other name. Never. Whoever pays for the naming rights will have wasted their money because even the announcers will have a hard time referring to the stadium by anything other than Wrigley. Even though I loath the White Sox, I still have enough respect for their history to not call their stadium anything other than Comiskey Park. Come on!

Anyway, Carrie Muskat from MLB.com had a pretty good suggestion that I thought could work. The best case scenario in this situation is for the Wrigley Company to come in and save the day. That’s right, the same Wrigley Company that was once owned by William Wrigley Jr. who’s name graces our favorite ball park. The Wrigley Company would look like a hero to every Cubs fan around the world, and it would be an incredible PR move. It’s a win-win situation all around.

Now, I know it’s likely that the Wrigley Company will not want to ante up the $500 million that it’ll take to secure the naming rights so I have a suggestion of my own. Some years ago, the country had a similar situation that affected one of its most cherished institutions. I’m talking about the Rose Bowl. All of the major college bowl games had been renamed to include corporate sponsor names. The Rose Bowl stood out by not attaching a corporate name and instead took a unique approach that I think could work for Wrigley as well. We have The Rose Bowl presented by AT&T. Why not have something like “Welcome to Wrigley Field at Newco Park” on the marquee? A company gets to attach it’s name to a beloved ball park without the negative PR of having defaced a sacred building forever. It’s not the perfect solution, but it protects the history of the Chicago Cubs and brings in extra revenue for the team. As a huge fan, I would be fine with this kind of solution.

What does everyone else think?

And Now . . . Your NL Central Division Champion Chicago Cubs!

Cubs Win!The Magic Number just dropped to zero! With a big shutout win by Big Z over the Reds and with Greg Maddux and the Padres beating the Brewers, the Cubs are officially headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2003. It’s been so hard to get excited about the post season with all of the division lead changes lately, but it’s finally over. Now I can finally grow back my nails and start dreaming of a Cubs-Red Sox World Series!

It’s been a wild ride this summer, and I’m so happy that the Cubbies stuck with it and kept fighting all season long. It’s going to be awesome walking around Saint Louis with my Cubs hat on with pride. You wouldn’t believe the dirty looks I’ve gotten wearing that hat around here. I can’t wait to see what these goof ball Cardinals fans have to say now.

Go Cubs!

Holy Cow, It’s Ronnie Woo Woo!

Holy Cow, It’s Ronnie Woo Woo!

Believe it or not, we ran into Ronnie Woo Woo at the Cubs game on Sunday. What’s even more crazy is that after all of the games I’ve been to at Wrigley Field (and I’ve been to a lot), I finally get a picture with Ronnie at Busch Stadium.

From left to right, Disco Stu, Paul, Ronnie Woo Woo, and me (and two very large beers).

The Enemy’s House

Busch StadiumI am visiting the enemy’s house today, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. That’s right folks; I’m making my first trip to the new Busch Stadium to see the Cubs close out their series against the Cardinals. I can’t wait to see all of the dirty looks I get just because I’m wearing a Cubs hat. I get dirty looks walking around my neighborhood so the mean stares should be even more intense at Busch. It’s going to be awesome!

I have a feeling all of the wacky Cardinals fans will act like they have a chance just because they won game two last night so it’s a good thing I’ll be there to set them straight. At six games back and the Cubs and Brewers ahead of them in the division, the Cardinal’s season is pretty much over. My big concern right now is the stinking Brewers. They just won’t throw in the towel. Don’t they understand how much stress they’re causing for ever Cubs fan around the world?

Anyway, like the Cubs, I need to focus on one game at a time, and I can’t wait to see the Cubbies beat the Cards today.

Go Cubs!!!

Is This When The Cubs Pull Away?

I haven’t written a whole lot about the Cubs lately. Actually, I haven’t written a whole lot this month about anything, but today is the day I get back on track. Anyway, I haven’t written about the Cubs lately because they’ve been stressing me out. One day they’re up; the next day they’re down. Basically, I haven’t wanted to jinx anything be getting too excited when the Cubbies are in first place.

With only fifteen games left, it’s time to close this thing out. The Cubs have three more critical games against the Cardinals, six games against the Reds, three games against the Pirates, and three games against the Marlins. With this schedule, the Cubs should be able win all or most of these series. The Cardinals and Brewers will beat each other up in a couple weeks so that should help the situation. I’m feeling pretty good about the Cubs chances this year. Is it possible they can pull off a coup and sneak into the World Series like the Cardinals did last year? I can’t wait to see how this all turns out. Hopefully I’ll have nails left by the end of the season.

Go Cubs!!!

I Only Want to Watch My Teams

My family and I moved away from the Chicago area back in the Spring of 2005. Since then, it has been a struggle to keep up with my two favorite teams, the Cubs and the Bears. I get to see a few Cubs games on WGN Superstation, and there are always the Cubs and Bears games on national TV, but it would be great if I could sit down and enjoy any game that I want to see.

Now, I know some of you are thinking, well Tim, just order MLB Extra Innings or NFL Sunday Ticket, and you’ll be all set. That’s all well and good, but why would I order a package with so many games when I only care about the Cubs and the Bears? I don’t sit around and watch sports games just because they’re on. I want to watch my teams, and that’s it. Some of you are also probably thinking that I should just order MLB.TV and watch the games on my computer. While I enjoy computers, and I work with them all day, I don’t really want to sit at my desk to try to enjoy a game. I want to sit my butt down on the couch and watch the games on my TV.

It seems to me that I can’t be alone in my desire to watch my favorite team out of market. Here is what I would like to see happen. The leagues should provide an option on both digital cable and satellite so that a fan can subscribe to all of the games for their favorite teams. Obviously, the packages should be a lot more economical than the packages available today because they will include significantly fewer games. With the combination of a lower price and the ability to watch only the games from your favorite team, I believe many more people will subscribe to these packages making everyone a winner. The leagues and providers make more money from more subscriptions, and the fans will be happy because they get to see their favorite teams.

Come on MLB and NFL, make this happen!

It’s Time for A Final Push

Well, my Cubbies have moved into first place in the NL Central again with a half game lead over the Brewers. The Cardinals have also managed to get back into the race and are only four games back with a little over a month to go in the season. The Cubs are playing really well going into the last month of the season, and they have a great chance to win the division. They just need to keep focusing on one game at a time, and everything will work out. Besides the last two games of the current Cardinal series, the Cubs will have another shot at both the Cards and Brewers in September. If they can play well in those important series and take care of business in a majority of their other games, they should be pretty tough to overtake. It should be fun (and stressful) to watch to see what happens next.

Go Cubs!