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Are the Cubs doing too much non-baseball stuff at Wrigley Field?

Jun 25, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Wrigley Field

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun Times makes the case that, after a homestand which saw spray-painted outfield grass thanks to multiple rock concerts at Wrigley Field, the Cubs’ management’s priorities are out of whack:

Players were diplomatic about the grotesque look of the field during that homestand and the perception that the use of the ballpark for every possible concert and paid yoga gathering looks more important than the baseball to the top business brass.

That’s right, yoga. Even as the rushed repairs to the Wrigley sod were struggling to take root, a photo was tweeted Sunday of what looked like hundreds of women stretching on yoga mats spread across the outfield grass.

It doesn’t help that the baseball brass has assembled the worst team in the majors to date.

There’s an element of classic false dichotomy here in that it certainly does not follow that a team trying to get extra revenue via non-baseball events is necessarily neglecting the team’s baseball needs.  Letting some bands play in Wrigley is not going to unduly harm a massive rebuilding project.

But even if Wittnmyer’s criticism is a bit overheated, it is true that allowing the grass at Wrigley to get messed up is poor form. Cubs fans have very little to cheer for at the moment. They should at least be able to go to a game and see a nice field.

  1. Norm B - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Meh. If ugly grass helps the team spend $30M on unknowns like Jorge Soler, I’m all for it. Just another trivial issue to complain about.

  2. rabidmike - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    After watching the Cubs this weekend in AZ, I am convinced I will die before the Cubs win another WS.

  3. danaking - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Seeing Wrigley Field is the only reason to go to a Cubs game. A lot of people plan Chicago vacations around Cubs home stands just so they can go, as my brother did a couple of years ago. Seeing a torn-up field in mid-season is no way to treat the paying customers, or to tell the local fans you;re running a first-class operation, especially given the overall qualify of groundskeeping in baseball today.

    • halfful - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      Cubs are playing as shoddy as the field looks. Maybe appropriate?

  4. crispybasil - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    One thing is clear: we’ll need to track down that photo of the hundreds of women doing yoga.

    • paperlions - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

  5. wlschneider09 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Silly me, looking at the title I just assumed this was about the on-field play quality.

  6. 12strikes - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    ” Cubs fans have very little to cheer for at the moment. They should at least be able to go to a game and see a nice field.”

    Are you saying that a nice field will help a fans enjoy watching a bad (BAD BAD BAD) team?
    Not sure I see the connection between a bad team , bad turf, and people enjoying the game

    When the Phillies played at the Vet NEVER did I hear anyone say “Yea, the team sucks, but if the TURF was better I would really enjoy the game more”.

  7. rcali - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Can any of these yoga people hit or pitch or manage?

    • 78mu - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      Compared to the current Cubs roster? Or should we set the bar a little higher?

      • gloccamorra - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:21 PM

        A journey of a thousand miles…

  8. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    My Cubs are so bad. I hate the above jokes, but they’re all too fitting. The beating will commence until gameplay improves.

  9. bigleagues - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    “a photo was tweeted Sunday of what looked like hundreds of women stretching on yoga mats spread across the outfield grass.”

    Craig, ehhhh . . . and we should be able to read this blog and get the aforementioned photo!


  10. ndrocks2 - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Why not they aren’t using it for baseball. This team is a new low even by Cubs standards.

  11. rycollins152 - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Seeing Roger Waters perform The Wall is the best thing I’ve seen at Wrigley in the last four years or so, anyway.

  12. bdickey33 - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Long time Cubs fan usually make one or two trips to Wrigley a year. My only trip this year will be and was for the country concert that made the grass look like it does now. The concert was the best show that will take place on that field this year. Hopefully these sorry excuses for MLB players will be gone soon, but in the mean time might as well bring on the only entertaining thing they can get!

  13. nodaclu - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Dear Cubs,

    We’ll gladly take sporadic rock concerts in exchange for the grandstands that crush and completely destroy our outfield during the months of August and September.

    We’ve lost 3 September call-ups in the holes those grandstands produce over the past several seasons. Please let us know if you find them.


    The Oakland Athletics

    P.S. We’ve also become masters in the dark arts of the painted grass. We’re happy to share our knowledge.

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