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Style Points: Cubs Trying To Become First-Class Organization Off The Field
Published February 22, 2013
EXAMINING ALL ANGLES: With Cubs Chair Tom Ricketts trying to get approval to make some alterations to Wrigely Field, the Illinois DAILY HERALD's Barry Rozner asked, “Does anyone pouring over the details of the landmark status really think the new Cubs owners are going to dramatically change the face of Wrigley Field?" Rozner: "Of course not. It's just another way to hold up the process until everyone involved can get what they want out of the deal.” The Cubs “aren't going to destroy the look of Wrigley Field.” At the same time, Ricketts “has every right to maximize revenue in a facility that is already severely limited.” If that means he “wants more night games, festivals, billboards, concerts -- or August ice rinks and a February circus, for that matter -- the city should allow it” (Illinois DAILY HERALD, 2/20).
SPICING IT UP: In Chicago, Steve Rosenbloom noted the Cubs are looking to update the gameday experience at Wrigley Field, including some tweaks to the seventh inning stretch, and wrote, “I like rooting for someone to botch the song and then give a great interview." Rosenbloom: "That’s also the problem. … The interview, also frequently known as verbal waterboarding.” Len Kasper and Bob Brenly, who conducted the interviews last year, “had nowhere to go with some of these agonizingly uninteresting people.” Rosenbloom: “God forbid there should be a Cubs rally with Jeff Gordon sitting in the ‘Wrigley Stadium’ booth. ... Here’s the rule: If you don’t think your seventh-inning singer should be invited to do the interview, then don’t invite that person to sing in the first place" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/21).