respect wrigleyThe Chicago Cubs have taken to the interwebz to generate/continue support with respect to the Wrigley Field renovation project. Today the Cubs launched a new site – – which includes all kinds of information about the renovation, and asks for community support for the project. In a way, the site is one big sales pitch, but it’s a fun and effective one.

For those who haven’t been following the renovation story as – *eh hem* – obsessively as others, the site makes for a nice one-stop shop on all things renovation, including pictures, videos, plans, etc. On it, the Cubs finally released the cool renovation video they showed at Cubs Convention:

You can also sign a petition to support the renovation on the site, the utility of which isn’t entirely clear to me, given where the process stands (recall: the framework of a deal with Mayor Emanuel and Alderman Tunney is in place, which was widely considered the greatest hurdle to a finalized deal). Perhaps the Cubs will simply use it as another flag to waive before City Council to make sure things get done? Or maybe the Cubs are looking to wrangle some supporters in the community from whom they haven’t already heard?

The site also includes an entire section devoted to “Calling Alderman Tom Tunney,” complete with a suggested script for your call. I know the Cubs want to make sure the plan, as they’ve outlined it, gets through City Council, but wouldn’t this kind of directed support have been more useful three months ago? The leader for that particular page reads, “Want to help keep the Cubs in Wrigleyville?” Is that really still a fear? I’m not criticizing here. I’m really asking.

I don’t entirely understand the point of pushing folks to bend Tunney’s ear today, unless of course the Cubs are concerned that some of the specifics of their plan are subject to serious problems in the Planned Development process. Obviously some neighborhood groups have expressed concerns about the size of the proposed JumboTron, the volume and character of advertising outside of the ballpark, and the height of the proposed hotel. Maybe the Cubs just want to make sure Alderman Tunney understands that a large portion of his constituency that has otherwise been silent wants the Cubs to get what they need.

So, sincerely, if you support what the Cubs are doing and are a member of the community, go ahead and make your voice heard. Those who oppose the plan are certainly having no trouble making their voice heard.

The site has a longer term purpose, it seems (indeed, the “” domain is very valuable real estate that should be put to good, long-term use). In a statement sent to non-me media, the Cubs apparently indicated that the site will be used to update fans on the progress of the renovation once it gets underway, so it won’t always be about selling the project.

(Related and friendly aside: Hey, Cubs, send me those kinds of statements/renderings/etc. when you’re getting them out to the media. I tend to share pretty much everything related to the Wrigley renovation here at BN because I think it is hugely newsworthy, and we have a considerable readership of Cubs fans, including Wrigleyville locals. So, when you want to get the word out on something like this, BN should probably be one of your stops.)

  • Blank

    I could listen to Pat Hughes’ voice narrate things all day

    • TWC

      I’d probably be fine with him reading the phone book.

  • hansman1982

    I suppose signing the petition with a Wrigleyville zip code will get me as far as not signing the petition (and or signing it with a Des Moines zip) so why the heck not.

    • DarthHater

      That’s a federal wire fraud offense, man. 😉

  • Justen

    I was hoping they would have something along the lines of a live webcam while the renovations are going on.

  • Rich

    I will assume with new seats…they will sell the old seats..

  • 5412


    Brett, as we discussed, I think it is a done deal. At the same time some of the rooftop owners talked like it was still negotiable. Part of this could be to give the mayor cover and make sure the politicos don’t mess with it or delay it by trying to tweak it.


    • chrisfchi

      Hey 5412,

      Completely off topic, but are you a marine?

  • Koyie Hill Sucks

    They should not renovate the visitors locker room, part of home field advantage should be for the visiting locker room to be as shitty as possible, haha…

  • Kevin

    I don’t believe the visitors clubhouse will be renovated. That being said does anyone know if other visitor clubhouses are inferior to the home team’s clubhouse?

    • Brett

      The visitor clubhouse is being renovated.

  • Kevin

    My comment was based on this Paul Sullivan article from the Tribune from 1/20/13:

    Visitors clubhouse: The visitors clubhouse at Wrigley is the smallest in baseball and regarded by players as the worst. Some feel that’s a competitive advantage for the Cubs. Will the renovations change anything? Kenney said visitors will get new batting tunnels, but “they won’t get the other things.”

    • DarthHater

      If they really want to get a competitive advantage, they should remodel the visitors clubhouse to include beds, hookers, sleeping pills, and a Jack Daniels vending machine. 😛

      • Pat

        I actually already have blueprints, renderings, and cost estimates for such a clubhouse drawn up. In case they are interested.

  • Kevin

    Any word from Ricketts after hearing about the public funded stadium for DePaul?

    • Brett

      He won’t say anything. I did see someone asked Julian Green (VP Communications and Community Affairs), and he just laughed. They probably aren’t going to comment on it publicly.