Thursday, March 19, 2009

Yeah, It's Strange

Cubs Chairman "Denny" Crane Kenney had a meet-and-greet with the professional media yesterday. Most of what he said was reasonable and business like. The Cubs want a new 7,000 seat restaurant on the south patio/sidewalk of Wrigley Field. They could move spring training to Florida in 2013 for the right offer. And the Hawks-Red Wings game at Wrigley gave the team the chance to see how Jumbotrons might be feasible.

But the head-scratcher from Kenney was in relation to talking about concerts hosted at Wrigley:
"It's strange, because you see these people who are opposed to the concerts and they're Cub fans," Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney said Wednesday in a wide-ranging interview.

"This is going to sound odd, but Elton John's going to help us win some ballgames," Kenney said. "The CBOE [seat] auction last year paid for Rich Harden. The 'Road to Wrigley' game sponsored our Asian scouting operation.

"That's the way, from the business end, we look at these things. All these elements really help our business move forward. My view is if you're a Cub fan, you should enjoy the concerts whether you're an Elton John fan or not."

This is what you get from a guy who "gets it." What is "it"? "It" is not being able to see the difference between Cubs Fans and Cubs GAME Fans. And many Cubs GAME Fans are really "Wrigley Field Experience" fans.

Why would real Cub fans not want concerts in Wrigley? Why, simply scan down to the bottom of the article!
The sod at Wrigley Field is being replaced in the aftermath the Hawks game, courtesy of the NHL.

Cub fans, the ones who want a World Series title for the Cubs even if it was played at Alexian Field in Schaumburg, don't want concert goers ripping up the field. They don't want to see Alfonso Soriano hop to catch a ball and come down on a seam between new strips of sod and shred his hamstring. They want perfect BASEBALL conditions.

Don't Stand So Close To Me... because you'll break your leg if you step in one of these divots.Remember the last time the Cubs had a mid-season concert?

Courtesy of the Police.

Yo, Crane. This is why we don't want concerts. We understand you want to make money. Hell, who doesn't? But don't interfere with the primary reason the field is there: Baseball.

If you want to officially make Wrigley into a beer garden, please do so and move the Cubs to Hoffman Estates. Otherwise, baseball first.

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