Lebanon Reporter

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July 24, 2013

Save Wrigley Field, the landmark field is a rare gem

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Being one of only a handful who could pay cash for the space shuttle is proof Tom Ricketts is undoubtedly a smart man. Surely then he understands 97.8 percent of Cubs fans are so because of Wrigley Field.

Does anyone really believe Cubs fans actually follow their team? The same one that hasn’t won a World Series since Teddy Roosevelt was President? The one that hasn’t appeared in a World Series since we were dropping bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

They aren’t fans because the Cubs are one of the last franchises left who embrace losing.

OK, so maybe it’s not so much the losing as it is the belief that a World Series title can only be fully appreciated if preceded by a lifetime of extreme heartache and disappointment first.

It’s the pomp and circumstance that lures Cubs fans out in droves year after year. The fact the Cubs happen to play baseball at Wrigley Field is secondary and serves only to force people to hang around a bit longer than normal.

Cubs fans embrace Wrigley for all that the park stands for. Things like the Ivy, pad-less brick walls, occasional chunks of concrete falling from the grandstands and “Bleacher Bums” fumbling their way through the seventh-inning stretch while sharing overpriced refreshments with their fellow man.

For all of mankind, the sooner those in high places realize the rare gem they have in Wrigley the better.

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