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8 responses to “In Case You Were Worried the Wrigley Field Name Was in Danger”

  1. Joe Novak

    It seems like there are an awful lot of alleged Cubs fans that care more about having the Cubs play in Wrigley ( and by God, it had BETTER be called that ) than they care about the Cubs winning.

    Yeah, I know I’m going to be a pariah here, but can those of you that I referred to above just remove the Cubs ear plugs from your ears and listen for a minute?

    If the Ricketts’ would sell naming rights and would be able to make the field now known as Wrigley a more fan friendly and team friendly place ( Cubs only, of course ), wouldn’t that be worth selling naming rights? I mean, and lets all think about this, is the name of the place going to change your experience at the game? You’re still going to go to the game, watch the Cubs win (hopefully) and have a good time (whatever that is for each individual).

    It won’t make the Cubs suck or ruin your day. Maybe, it would even make Wrigley a nicer place to watch a game. It won’t change what any of us call it anyway.

    People still call that park on the South Side what it was called before. Sure, some people call it by it’s new name, but overall, those other fans still call it or think of it by it’s previous name ( granted those fans have an intelligence deficit to begin with ).

    Everyone still thinks of the Sears Tower as that. When I read in an article the name “Willis Tower”, I had no idea what they were talking about at first.

    Also, consider this: The Cubs have not won a World Series since they’ve been at Wrigley, so why is everyone so adamant about keeping the name. Maybe a name change would send some subliminal message to the players and coaches/management that things are changing and they don’t have to suck anymore.

    It’s not like I’m advocating a new park, It’s just a stinking name change. It’s NOT the end of all things Cubs and holy as we know it.

    I now return you to your swearing at me ( already in progress ).

  2. savant

    I’m with Joe. Although my first attempt at selling the naming rights would be to get Wrigley to go ahead and start paying up for all of the free exposure they have received since the Cubs were sold to Tribco. If Wrigley has no interest in paying in the future, then by all means find another company name to put on the field.

  3. mrejr8234

    I dont care if they burn Wrigley to the ground or rename it whatever. I only care about a World Series title

  4. Lok

    I’m torn. I’ve been to Wrigley twice in my life time to see my beloved Cubbies play divisional rivals (Brewers and Cards). I’ve also seen the Cubs play at a (relatively) new/modern field twice (Citizen’s Bank Park, Philly) where I used to live. I enjoyed both fields equally and if I had a choice, I’d much rather enjoy a game at Wrigley. Sure, the fan support is there, but just the overall ambiance. Knowing that the *our* greats have run the bases, hit the homers, pitched the shutouts, etc, makes it feel like mine.

    I personally have no issue what-so-ever with Ricket’s selling the naming rights. I would beg them to keep the name Wrigley (or rename it to something non-corporate like Friendly Confines presented By Budweiser, for example) and be attributed to the corporation. Hopefully, selling the rights to a company that respects the Cubs and their history, would recognize the bond the fans have and would want to help keep that tie.

    Of course, in a perfect world, we’d still have no lights on our field either (and yes, I still prefer my day games. It’s how I grew up watching Baseball, it’s how Baseball is meant to be played….at Wrigley =D)

    All that being said, I’d love for a World Series before I die. I’ve supported the team since I was a young child as my dad taught me the correct Chicago team to support (and my bastard Uncle being a Sox fan didn’t help!). I just don’t think I’d want to sell my “soul” for a ring. We’ve waited 101 years as fans, what’s a couple more? Wrigley is our turf. Whether Zambrano likes it or not, it’s home. Let’s win a ring at home. We can discuss moving later.

    =)

  5. Bob

    Why not approach the Wrigley Company and make them the prime sponsor and pay naming rights, therefore keeping it Wrigley Field!