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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Why Wrigley’s Ballhawks Are an Endangered Species - WSJ

“That goofy message board,” said Buhrke, a 69-year-old ballhawk who has collected around 1,800 balls in 55 years of waiting for them to clear the top of the bleachers. He pointed to the video board above left center field. “That monstrosity. All the hitters seem to be aiming at it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I Love Wrigley Field, But as a Wheelchair User, I Sure Wish It Was Easier to Navigate

Were we all actually expected to sit completely in the main aisle and become an obstacle course for drunken fans on hotdog and beer runs? Wasn’t that a fire code hazard? An emergency exit violation?

Apparently not. Cubs spokesman Julian Green told me later that our assigned seating was perfectly legal. Sitting completely out in a main aisle without any protective barriers? It’s a go, if the aisle is considered wide enough.

I fought back tears of frustration. I was already in pain because the Cubs’ motorized cart from the accessible parking lot had dropped us off a block short of the box office and in front of a sidewalk blocked by construction. We had to cross bumpy Clark Street twice, while people, cars, and buses poured into the area. From my seat in my wheelchair, even small ruts can send shockwaves of pain from my heel to my hip.

Due to the bumpy ride, my now-throbbing elevated leg was sticking out and at the mercy of a rowdy baseball crowd that was growing as the ramps were filling with ascending fans. I felt trapped. I couldn’t even roll myself away.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2015 at 10:27 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: ada, cubs, handicapped, wheelchair access, wrigley field

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Jeremy Affeldt: I’m retiring. Here are five things I won’t miss about baseball

1. The incessant showboating

Nowadays, all you hear about is how “baseball is dying,” and “the game is too slow and boring,” and “MLB just needs to let these guys have more fun.” Believe me, we players hear all of that media-driven chatter, and we’re not buying it. Yes, baseball isn’t the NFL (that’s a good thing, in my opinion), or the NBA, where fans can rock the gear and emulate the stars much more easily.


But what baseball does have, that those other sports largely do not, is tradition. And while the history of the sport has seen more than its fair share of troubling (institutional) incidents, that is precisely why the game remains so important to so many Americans. Baseball is a reflection of ourselves, our struggles and triumphs, our perseverance.

This is why the recent trend of “look at me” machismo, mostly via these elaborate, annoying and overindulgent hand signals and signs, irks me so much. Yes, let’s celebrate the game of baseball, and, if warranted, celebrate our on-field accomplishments with genuine shows of emotion. When you smack a double into the gap to take the lead in the eighth inning, by all means, pump your fist and praise your maker in the sky. But when you flash self-congratulatory signs after a meaningless first-inning single—or, even worse, a walk—you’re clowning yourself and not representing your club or your teammates very well.

Despite this, as I ride off into the sunset, I truly believe the future of baseball is in great (if not overly demonstrative) hands. Here’s hoping the game’s young stewards take time off from patting themselves on the back, though, if only to take notice of how us old guys do things.


Wrigley rooftops’ lawsuit is dismissed; Cubs happy ‘this chapter closed’

Rancor grew after the Ricketts family purchased the team in 2009. The Ricketts family made offers to buy all of the rooftop businesses shortly after buying the team, according to court records in the case dismissed Wednesday.

The Ricketts has since acquired six rooftop businesses — all this year — as part of a campaign by Chairman Tom Ricketts to gain further control of the neighborhood streets surrounding the historic ballpark.

Besides McCarthy’s rooftop businesses, the only one along Sheffield without any Ricketts’ investment or ownership stakes is Murphy’s Rooftop, at the intersection of Sheffield and Waveland.

The decision, which comes two days after the last home game at Wrigley Field, could spell the end for the rooftops opposing the Ricketts’ efforts to renovate Wrigley or block any of their views. McCarthy’s rooftop businesses are the only ones to have challenged the team’s interpretation of the contract in court.

McCoy Posted: October 01, 2015 at 07:36 AM | 21 comment(s)
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