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The Cubs offered an alternative to Wrigley

May 3, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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It’s in Schaumburg, 25 miles to the west. Home of the Schaumburg Boomers. The Boomers owner says that the Cubs could totally become co-tenants, as long as the Boomers get scheduling priority:

“We’ll propose a fair and honest rent, no question about that, but we have one tenant that’s committed to winning a championship in 2013 so the Boomers would get first priority on dates … However, I think a Friday afternoon Cubs matinee would make for the perfect opening act before a Boomers game under the lights with a spectacular, free post-game fireworks show!”

Sick. Burn.


  1. Old Gator - May 3, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I like the idea. I like the idea, too, of Wrigleyville declining into a slum for a couple of decades only to be rediscovered by artists, tattoo and perforation parlors, the first tentative yuppies and then a riot of overpriced townhome complexes and highrises. You could film the entire process in time-lapse.

  2. splintchesthair - May 3, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    The Frontier League Championship is awarded to whichever team has enough operating funds to make it from May to September without defaulting on their stadium lease.

  3. El Bravo - May 3, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Wow, that is a sick burn. HAHAHA! I suppose they won’t be getting any free Cubs tickets anytime soon. But then again, who cares, they are committed to winning this year and the Cubs aren’t.

  4. shaggylocks - May 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Hmmm, that’s a misleading headline: it makes it sound like the Cubs are the ones offering the alternative. Made for some confusing reading.

    • bklynbaseball - May 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      the difference between “offered” and “offering?”

      • shaggylocks - May 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        the difference, perhaps, between “offered” and “were offered.”

  5. hojo20 - May 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I wish the media would ignore the minor league teams doing these stupid announcements. Just like that team offering Tebow a job.

    • sportsdrenched - May 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      No, if anything. These nutty independant league teams need for media coverage. The more coverage, the more bold they will be, they more bold they are the more outlandish the promotion or behavior. This must happen.

  6. daveitsgood - May 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Not to mention Schaumburg does have an Ikea and a pretty sweet mall.

    • Alex K - May 3, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Mapquest tells me that the stadium is 24 minutes from my house which is half as far as Wrigley is!

  7. cubfan531 - May 3, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    The land where Boomers Stadium (formerly Aleixan Field) was originally purchased in the ’80’s as an alternative to Wrigley, in the event that they weren’t able to install lights at Wrigley.

    The Cubs got their lights, and the stadium was built, the first season being ’99. Boomers Stadium’s playing field has dimensions identical to Wrigley as a little tribute to this. Same with the old manual scoreboard, which was up from 1999-2011. New ownership wanted a videoboard, and the manual one had some serious decay due to old ownership flat-out neglecting the ballpark (to the point that you could see through the outfield wall because the boards that made up the wall were so warped).

    Regarding the whole “fair rent” thing, the former tenants of the stadium, the Schaumburg Flyers, left with about a million due in back rent on the ballpark, not to mention leaving it in a condition you’d expect from a team removed from their park via court order.

    Sorry to ramble, this just happens to be a subject I have an excessive amount of information about.

    • jwbiii - May 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      After leaving Schaumburg, former Flyers’ owner Rich Ehrenreich formed a new team in Zion, IL, the Lake County Fielders. They were also booted out their stadium for not paying their rent. They also didn’t pay their players, their coaches, or their staff. The team quit en masse in the middle of the 2011 season. Here is their radio announcer resigning.

      • cubfan531 - May 3, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        He actually ran both teams for a year, then the Flyers folded, he couldn’t get a proper stadium funded by the taxpayers in Zion.

        The Fielders fiasco was significantly worse than the Flyers one. The one game I saw of the Fielders in Schaumburg (it was a free pre-season game), it honestly looked like the Fielders had rec league softball jerseys more than pro baseball jerseys.

    • gloccamorra - May 3, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      The key factoid you left out: Boomers Stadium is right at the end of the runway of Schaumburg International!!

  8. rcali - May 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    If you build it, they will come……unless they live in Chicago. Buh Bye Ricketts, have fun with where ever you move the team! Couldn’t south Florida use a pro-team?

    • Old Gator - May 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Probably not. What would we do with it? Scrooge McLoria’s policies are completely capable of netting us a century and change of futility too.

    • gloccamorra - May 3, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      Rickets owns Wrigley. He can dismantle a major part of it and erect it elsewhere in Chicago. The free 25 acres near O’Hare has no road access and is near the end of one runway, but maybe some industrial land along the canal in south Chicago would work. The Cubs and White Sox could be (sort of) neighbors!

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