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Wrigley Field to keep its essential character

Dec 11, 2009, 11:29 AM EDT

The Cubs’ new owners may do a lot of things to upgrade Wrigley Field. And with each step they take, there’s always going to be someone watching closely to make sure that the grand old ballpark is not ruined. Some things are obvious: you don’t tear down the ivy. You don’t replace the brick backstop with stucco. You don’t change the name of the place to “Planters XTREME Southwestern Spice Corn Nuts Stadium.”

Other things, however, are not so obvious. Things that make up the very essence of the place. Things like the big stinky urinal troughs in the men’s rooms:

The Chicago Cubs have announced that, while the washrooms at their vaunted ballpark will be renovated this off-season, the stainless steel urinal troughs will remain.

Thank God. For a minute there I was worried that the next time I visit Chicago I’d have to pee with a modicum of privacy and without the overpowering stench of recycled Old Style pouring out of every corner of the park.

  1. N - Dec 11, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Strange, it was mentioned they were getting rid of these at the first Ricketts press conference. You don’t want to flip flop over a urine trough.

  2. Bill Murray - Dec 11, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    What the Hell?
    No true Cubbie fan worries about urinals! We just get so drunk we pee ourselves.
    Go Cubbies.

  3. Bill Murray - Dec 11, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    What the Hell?
    No true Cubbie fan worries about urinals! We just get so drunk we pee ourselves.
    Go Cubbies.

  4. YankeesfanLen - Dec 11, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Bill Murray……we’re really drawing them in now, Craig!
    But I love the smell of recycled Old Style in the mid-afternoon.
    But we’re sad you can no longer pee in every front yard in Wrigleyville-Damn gentrified Yuppies.

  5. Dr Paisley - Dec 11, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    Wrigley field to keep its essential character
    So the Cubs are still going to be losers? Reassuring.
    The biggest complaint about the renovation of Kauffman Stadium was the removal of the troughs (though ours were porcelain, having been made in the 20th century).

  6. Old Gator - Dec 12, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    This all reminds me of that bottle of little urine smell pellets that came with my Lionel New York Subway Train Set when I was a kid – with the little plastic figures of derelicts, bag ladies, flashers and muggers.
    Anyone want to trade a Bartman game ticket stub for a Dave Kingman bobblehead?

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