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Rumors are swirling about the Cubs playing in U.S. Cellular Field in 2013

Feb 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

U.S. Cellular Field

Not necessarily strong rumors. Not from any baseball insider types who usually chatter about goings on in MLB.  But this story from NBC Chicago about rumors of the Cubs moving to the south side to play in U.S. Cellular Field while Wrigley Field undergoes a renovation is interesting enough.

To be sure, the story leads with the Cubs’ denial of such a thing, with a spokesman for the Ricketts family saying “I have never heard of a done deal of moving home games to the ‘Cell.’”  But of course, that insertion of “a done deal” is an equivocation, no?  If there were a done deal lots of people would know about it.  What we want to know is if it’s actually being discussed as a realistic option.

Because some folks are discussing it:

Workers at U.S. Cellular tell a different story. They say they  are being warned of a much busier 2013 season (as in, prepare for double the games). Bridgeport bar owners tell a similar story.

Could be empty chatter. As Neil deMause of “Field of Schemes” notes, it could be a trial balloon to gauge public sentiment.  And of course, the Cubs don’t even have renovation money secured yet, so it may all be moot for now.

But it would be interesting seeing the Cubs play in U.S. Cellular Field.  If, for no other reason, we’d get to see if anyone would truly care about them without Wrigley Field as part of the equation.

  1. dexterismyhero - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    If this is true I would rather Ozzie Guillen still be at the helm for the Sox and Cubs players could take a dump on his desk.

  2. nagrommit - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Makes all the sense in the world. All needs to be ready for the 2015 Chicago Cubs World Series win, as prophesized in Back to the Future Part II.

    • kopy - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      This comment is so astute and hilarious that you should post it again!

      • nagrommit - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        Yeah, there was some angst over the spelling of “prophesied.” I got click happy.

  3. nagrommit - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Makes all the sense in the world. All needs to be ready for the 2015 Chicago Cubs World Series win, as prophesied in Back to the Future Part II.

    • lapsncaps - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      And now that “Miami” has a team to go along with it, perfect timing. But obviously they will need a new playoff system that would go:

      A1-N4 N1-A4
      A2-N3 N2-A3

      This way two NL teams could play each other.

    • Francisco (FC) - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      That means the Marlins need to change their name to the Miami Gators and move to the AL, or just move the Rays to Miami and call them the Gators.

      • sportsdrenched.com - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        The new Marlins jerseys look like UM Hurricane jerseys. So I guess it makes sense that the Rays move to Miami and become the Gators.

  4. Old Gator - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    By the time the Cubs move back to Wiggly Field, they will merely have infected the south side with that prion-vectored Indonesian brain disorder Die Vloek van der Geitbok. Its effects are insidious, but you’ll know it’s spreading when the PhD’s at the University of Chicago start forgetting who they are and begin addressing each other as “Mister.”

  5. El Bravo - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    “But it would be interesting seeing the Cubs play in U.S. Cellular Field. If, for no other reason, we’d get to see if anyone would truly care about them without Wrigley Field as part of the equation.”

    That’s a joke of course. The Cell will routinely be filled up if the Cubs put a marginally talented team on the field nearly every home game. This is and will always be a Cubs town, despite anythig the Sox do…let’s be real here people! The Cubs fans fill up Cincinnati, Milwaukee, half of St. Louis, Houston, Arizona…I think they can routinely fill up the park on 35th without an issue.

  6. The Baseball Idiot - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    “”But it would be interesting seeing the Cubs play in U.S. Cellular Field. If, for no other reason, we’d get to see if anyone would truly care about them without Wrigley Field as part of the equation.””

    As a Cardinals fan, I echo the sentiment and nominate this for Cubs insult of the year.

  7. sportsdrenched.com - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    That picture makes me pine for summer now more than I was before. Thanks for making me despressed.

  8. bearsrulepackdrool - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Blasphemy!

    There will be riots and pure destruction on the southside. Keep those losers in their place. We don’t want ‘em!

    Then again they get to see what its like to be a winner in Chicago for a change. You know with the giant banner that says “HOME OF THE 2005 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION CHICAGO WHITE SOX” (just in case they forget). Plus, the championship flag and the trophy in house.

  9. bearsrulepackdrool - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    You know how sad it would be if the world ends and the Cubs are the worst team in professional sports.

  10. brockohol - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    this is true, heard from a cubs employee directly. they will suck regardless of where they play

  11. crnvic847 - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Move the Rays to Miami?? Miami won’t even support one team let alone two!!

  12. snowbirdgothic - Feb 15, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    The neighborhoods around Wrigley are going to look like something out of Book of Eli if the Cubbies move south for a year.

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