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More Ways For Tom Ricketts To Desecrate Wrigley Field

By Beachwood Reporter on Saturday, May 1, 2010

"I don't really like the Cubs - 1984 turned me into a White Sox fan and an eternal baseball pessimist," Drew Adamek writes on the Beachwood Reporter.

"I'll admit it outright: I am not a Cubs fan because I like winning once in awhile. I don't buy into the lovable losers bullshit; being a baseball fan is too expensive and time-consuming to embrace constant mediocrity.

"The Cubs are just too goddamned disappointing every year for me to invest any interest in them. One devastating childhood heartbreak is all a team gets out of me.

"But there is one thing that I like about the Cubs: Wrigley Field. The only thing about the Cubs worth a damn to me is their ballpark. I love all great ballparks: Camden, Wrigley, the old Milwaukee County Stadium. The experience of going to a baseball game in a real park - the sun, the beer, the hot dogs, the history - is as American and traditional as it gets.

"Wrigley is a baseball - and a Chicago - treasure and it therefore breaks my heart that it's going to be defiled and desecrated in such a crass, commercial way. I am talking, of course, about the proposed Toyota sign. If this act of commercial graffiti happens, it will be an unforgivable defacing of one of the only true baseball temples left.

"I fear exploiting and weakening the tactile experience of going to a game more than I fear physical, cosmetic changes. Common places - ballparks, museums, plazas - collectively mean something, and when we change those places, we change our identity. Our experiences and memories become different; we lose something about ourselves every time we sell out our sacred places.

"If our temples are simply marketing opportunities then what do we keep sacred? (Right, before we go on about baseball as a business, I am asking that we keep one or two places culturally pristine to preserve what is great about America.)

"But fuck it, if the floodgates to commercial desecration are open why not go all the way? I mean, if you paint over Mona Lisa's smile, you might as well turn the rest of the portrait into a CoverGirl ad, right? If we can't enjoy simple pleasures without commercial intrusion then why bother anymore?"

Here, then, are Drew Adamek's suggestions for ways to further desecrate Wrigley by leaving no marketing stone unturned:

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Revenue Ricketts Hopes You Choke On Your Bison Burger

By Beachwood Reporter on Saturday, May 1, 2010

"Wrigley Field is not a museum," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts told the Tribune editorial board on Friday. "We have to look for revenue opportunities."

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Bleacher Bum B.S.

By Beachwood Reporter on Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Marlon Byrd has become a fan favorite in his first few weeks as a Cub, and has been trading salaams with the bleacher bums before every game," Paul Sullivan writes in the Tribune.

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On The Profit Motive

By Joel C. Boehm on Thursday, April 22, 2010

I take issue a little bit with this statement from a recent post, Chris: "Operating a ballclub is a business. It is not a charity or a non-profit."

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The Greed Factor

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My friend and colleague, Steve Rhodes, found my post regarding the proposed Toyota sign behind the left-field bleachers jarring to his sensibilities. So jarring, in fact, that he said it would be like somebody posting on his Beachwood Reporter site: "Mayor Daley is great and is doing a wonderful job!"

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The Ghost of Wrigley Future

By Beachwood Reporter on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Toyota is just the beginning.

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Ricketts Not Rich Enough Yet

By Beachwood Reporter on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"There are ads behind home plate, in the dugouts, on the green doors of the outfield walls and in arrow electronic bands in the upper deck," the Sun-Times notes. "The Chicago Board Options Exchange has its initials on the brick wall in front of premium seats along the third-base line."

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$ign of the Times

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Does Jim Peters realize that the objective of owning and operating a business is to generate a profit?

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Sponsored By . . .

By JCB on Monday, April 13, 2009

"More bad times, brought to you by Van Kampen Investments."

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A Rant Against The Bud Light Bleachers

By JCB on Thursday, March 30, 2006

Say What?!?

Well, there is going to be a lot of indignation over the Wrigley Field bleachers being knighted the Bud Light Bleachers. That's right, friends, Anheuser-Busch has sent its marketing gallantry out from St. Louis abroad to conquer and pillage, and the Wrigley Field bleachers are officially plunder. The press release has been issued. Expect lots of indignation, that's for sure, and I'm writing now to say one thing: it's righteous indignation.

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Sincerely, JCB

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