Cubs Moving Forward with Renovations
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts announced that the team will be moving forward with Wrigley Field renovations with or without cooperation from the rooftop owners.
In a painfully awkward six-minute video message that included a plethora of jump cuts and Ricketts standing next to a child-like batter’s tee for an uncomfortable amount of time, he announced to fans that hardball was now the name of the game with rooftop owners. After holding up the Ricketts’s family plan to personally invest $500 million for improvements to the century old ballpark with threats of a lawsuit, Tom’s message seemed to be simple. Go ahead and sue me.
On June 5, the Cubs will present a proposal to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks asking for seven new outfield signs, 300 new seats, additional outfield lights and reconfigurations to bullpens, according to The Chicago Tribune.
If the plan is approved, renovations will begin immediately. Chances are, Ricketts wouldn’t have taken such a bold step without some indication that his plans would be approved, but then again… it’s Tom, who has failed to take this initiative for months despite the support of many. It would also be odd to see the Mayor, moving into an election season, shooting down a plan that would create thousands of jobs.
Sorry rooftop goers. You watch it on the flat screens anyways.