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Well with the playoffs in full swing and the busy hot stove season just around the corner, I’ll be once again cranking this blog up. For now though, I’m enjoying this year’s post season as much as possible without my Cardinals being in it. But hey, at least the Cards won as many post season games as the Cubs this year right? How’s that 100 years of losing coming? LoL
and the other is for the Yankee and Indians fans out there:
I’m not sure if there will be more with each series or not but the two that are up now are definitely worth a look.
Anyway, I hope you are enjoying the playoffs as much as I am, I’ll see you all after the World Series!
Guest Blogged by James Cook
With the Cubs up for sale and a final price that may go north of a billion dollars, it’s time to start talking about an aspect of this deal that has been largely ignored: What does the future hold for Wrigley Field? After all, isn’t it likely that a new owner who plops down a cool billion for the Cubs might expect to house his team in more expansive (and expensive) digs than the current 91-year-old park? At the very least, it’s reasonable to assume the new owner will be looking for some sort of upgrade. What form that will take will ultimately depend on how much change Cubs fans will accept and how much the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois are willing to shell out.
Here are the four options I see and my take on the chances of them playing out:
A New Wrigley Field
It’s hard to imagine Cubs baseball without Wrigley Field and it’s hard to imagine the powers that be will let it happen. But, if they can tear down the House that Ruth Built, who’s to say it won’t happen in Chicago? And, if that’s the price Cub fans have to pay for ending a century old World Series drought, I’m thinking most of them will be willing to say good-bye to the ivy-covered walls. Before you totally discount the idea, consider that the hundredth anniversary of Wrigley Field and the hoped-for Chicago Olympics are both scheduled for 2016. Might the Wrigley Centennial end up being a giant good-bye party with the Cubs moving to a (taxpayer-financed) Olympic field in 2017?
One more thing, if there is a new Wrigley Field, don’t count on it being named Wrigley. But I’ll get to naming rights later.
Chances for a new Wrigley: Remote
A second option is to gut Wrigley and build a brand new ballpark within the carcass of the old one. It’s a tactic Chicagoans are familiar with from the recent “renovation” of Soldier Field and one also used at Yankee Stadium in the seventies.
Would a “new” stadium that kept only the facade and ivy-covered walls of the old Wrigley Field still be Wrigley? Of course not! But, by offering a wink and a nod to the traditionalists, it just might fly.
On the negative side, it would probably require the Cubs and White Sox to share Comiskey – err, U.S. Cellular Field – for a year or two; surely one of the signs of the Apocalypse.
Chances for a rebuilt Wrigley: Even
If they can rename Comiskey, there’s little reason to believe it won’t happen at Wrigley. Illinois has over 30 companies in the Fortune 500, most of them near Chicago. I’m sure one of them would love to put their name on the facade. Boeing, which moved to Chicago in 2001 and is enjoying success with its new Dreamliner, seems a natural fit. With the wind blowing out, I can almost hear the announcers now, “It’s Boeing, Boeing, gone!” as the sound of Peter, Paul and Mary singing Leaving on a Jet Plane plays over the PA.
Chances for a renamed Wrigley: Almost certain
Of course it’s possible that the new owner will be a hard-core traditionalist who, after waving good-bye to his billion, will be content to sit in the bleachers and bask in the glow of Wrigley’s historic ambiance. It’s possible, but I don’t think Bob Costas has that kind of money.
Chances for no change: None, nada, zip!
Guest Blogger J.P. Maxwell just sent me a note that the Cubs had made a move, and indeed, they have. The AP is reporting that "the Cubs traded backup shortstop Cesar Izturis and cash to Pittsburgh on Thursday in a deal that could free the Pirates to trade former All-Star Jack Wilson." It was presumed that the move was made so the Cubs could then call up Ronny Cedeno, however, the report states the Cubs have instead "purchased the contract of catcher Jake Fox from Double-A Tennessee". With D. Lee serving his 5 game suspension, Fox is probably just a temporary call up but we’ll see.
Wow, I guess I picked the wrong time to work on turning this blog into it’s own site. The minute I neglect this place trades start happening and rumors begin to heat up. Anyway, as I’m sure you’ve all noticed I’ve been less than up to date recently and the reason is I’m working on YourSportsFix.com. Once it’s finished I’ll be moving this blog over there, however, apparently Joomla is much tougher than I thought. If any of you reading this happen to be web-designers or Joomla experts, please let me know. Seriously…
Anyway, speaking of catching up, the Cubs have been doing a bit of that themselves lately. Not only did they acquire catcher Jason Kendel but they (unlike my beloved Cardinals) have actually made a run in the NL Central standings. I’ve not jumped over to the Cubbie blogs nor have I visited the Brewers blogs on MLBlogs but I’d imagine Cubs fans are already trying to buy playoff tickets and Brewers fans are probably trying to figure out whether they can turn Ben Sheets’ trips to the DL into a drinking game.
Staying in the Windy City, the White Sox seem destined to trade at least one of their starters before the end of July if not more. Personally I’ve always been a fan of Garland but it sounds like it’s much more likely either Contreras or Vazquez or both will be packing their bags. Then of course there’s the suddenly unhappy Jermaine Dye as well as 2nd baseman Tadahito Iguchi that they’d like to unload.
I’ll try to keep up to date with things much more regularly as I think I’ve come to the end of my knowledge on getting YSF set up and the trade deadline is quickly approaching. If I missed this time of year, what would be the point of even HAVING this blog right? I love this game!