Among the many things that stink when your baseball team isn’t very good – and hasn’t been very good for a long time – is that the national stories that get picked up about your team aren’t going to be very positive. Worse, if you’re a big market team, you’re probably going to get skewered for every little thing.

So, when the Cubs popped up on Deadspin and Hardball Talk and CBS Sports and USA Today this afternoon, you knew it was for nothing good.

But it turns out, it was really just … nothing.

The Cubs had a giant Wrigley Field cake made for yesterday’s 100th Anniversary Game:

It was genuinely as awesome as it looks and sounds. Sure, it was mostly just decorative, and “cake” only in the sense that a tiny portion of it was edible, but still, it was a cool touch for a “birthday” celebration. Folks waited in line to see the cake (I was there – it was a hit), and then it was taken to be displayed at a charity event later that night (after it had sat outside all day in the sun).

Today, someone saw that the cake had been discarded in a dumpster outside the Field Museum, where the charity event had been held. I have to be honest: if I’d seen it, I would have thought, “Hey, there’s that cake! Ok. Enough about that. I think I’ll go get lunch.” The party was over, the cake wasn’t edible (partly because it’d been outside all day, and partly because most of it was inedible by design), the cake was perishable, and so it would eventually be disposed of. Non-story.

But, as I said in the preamble, it’s the Cubs, and it’s a giant-ass cake of Wrigley Field in a dumpster. There’s always an angle if you want to troll the Cubs. And so some pictures were taken, some national sites lit up with hahahaCubs stories, and that was the focus of the afternoon.

For their part, the Cubs are actually disappointed in the way the cake was trashed. Spokesperson Julian Green offered the following statement:

The Chicago Cubs are disappointed in how our Wrigley Field display cake was disposed of by the Field Museum following our successful charity event. The team made a decision not to serve the edible portion after the cake was on display outside Wrigley Field for most of the day. Though the cake was mostly made up of non-edible material, it certainly does not excuse how a celebratory cake artfully created by Buddy Valastro and Carlo’s Bakery was handled.

So, maybe the Field Museum dropped the ball (cake) on taking care of the cake after the event. That, too, isn’t really the Cubs’ fault, but I’ve gotta fall back on … why is this a story at all? It was a fantastic cake, everyone saw and loved it, and it totally served its purpose. Because of the way it was displayed, the completely reasonable decision was made not to serve it as food. That’s the end of it, from where I sit, and the cake made it way to the nearest receptacle large enough to handle it.

  • TWC

    “There’s always an angle if you want to troll the Cubs.”

    For the guy who has hundreds of comments places on his articles daily, one might suggest that you’ve seen ’em all.

    • Brett

      If I were inclined, I could turn the moon landing into a story about how the Cubs are ripping off their fans.

      • MichiganGoat

        Well duh that is where Ricketts is hiding all his money and building a hotel with no zoning restrictions. Thats why the team is so bad… space flight is expensive.

        • DarthHater

          Those home run balls are gonna really fly outta Tranquility Field! 😀

      • mjhurdle

        seeing as how the moon landing never actually happened, i think this story has credence….


      • CubFan Paul

        You don’t really believe in the moon landing do you?

  • woody

    It’s easy to say that people are trolling the cubs, but there have been deliberate decisions made that have lead the mockary and jokes being made on sports programs and commentators on a national level. All the debate we had last winter about whether it was justified to spend X amount of dollars on payroll to go from a 65 game winner to a .500 ball club. So that decision was made during the off season by signing virtually no player of merit to improve a team that finished with the forth worst record in baseball. The loveable loser is now the laughable loser. I know that there has been progress made with the foundational parts like the farm system and developement etc., but to me the propaganda coming down the pipe is making me weary. To think that someone will be branded as a troll for a decenting opinion is troubling. Projecting guys as future hall of famers or allstars before they have played a single game in just crazy and risky IMO.

    • TWC

      “There’s always an angle if you want to troll the Cubs.”

      • mjhurdle

        but woody’s angle is so original and new….oh….wait….

        • woody

          Nothing original about reality in a world of fantasy.

          • MichiganGoat

            So much wrong with this comment.

          • college_of_coaches

            Nothing original about trolling in a troll of troll troll troll.

  • FishinCheese

    I get that the cake was used for its purpose and discarded afterwards, but we already know people take pictures of the Cubs’ trash. Remember the Santo stuff last year? So put the thing in a non transparent package first and bob’s your uncle.

    • Brett

      My problem with that (and you’re not alone – lots of folks saying what you’re saying) is that the Cubs shouldn’t *have* to do that. Throwing away a perishable food item when you’re done with it is, like, what you’re supposed to do. Why should the Cubs have to hide that?

      They’d only have to hide it because there are bozos out there gobbling up these stories about the Cubs throwing away the cake … as if that’s a story in the first place. I guess I’m just a “be the change you want to see” kind of person, so I always have trouble wrapping my head around be asked to catering your behavior to the ridiculousness of other people.

      • half_full_beer_mug

        Well that doesn’t drive internet clicks, trolling and headlines do.

        • Brett

          No doubt.

          Though, I guess I should say … it’s working for me so far. :)

      • DarthHater

        “lots of folks saying what you’re saying”

        Lots of folks are saying: “Bob’s your uncle?” I don’t believe it. 😛

    • candyland07

      I guess when the Cubs lied about throwing out all the Ron Santo stuff it made taking pictures of the Cubs dumpsters hip. I did not really see the story in the Cubs discarding the sculpture of a cake .

  • Jon

    We landed on the moon ?

    • HislersHero

      We have a moon?

      • Brett

        What if the moon was made of bacon?

        • MichiganGoat

          I’d take a big ole bite

        • Cubs-Win

          What if the moon was made of cake?

        • beerhelps

          If you were a hot dog, would ya eat yourself?

  • Voice of Reason

    What if scores opened a club inside Wrigley field? Cubs are out of most games by the fifth. You’re drunk by then so head into scores and watch hot chicks dance naked.

    I’m sure alderman Tunney would want “equal time” for the boys down the street so the cubs would also have to add a manhole bar, too.

  • cavemancubbie

    Never understood the irrationality of man. I understand the celebration of a human being’s birth with a cake, but a damned building?

    • Jim

      I don’t understand this whole cake building fad, if it’s not edible, what’s the point?

  • V23

    Is every story coming out of the Cubs organization extremely annoying and negative or is that just how things are being run?

    I saw about 10 posts on Facebook and 20 on twitter ripping on a fricken cubs cake. Man, we need this team to start doing something positive.

    • ssckelley

      Let them eat cake!

      • Threat Level Midnight

        Ha, Cubs couldn’t even get that right.

    • DarthHater

      So, if some bunch of douchenozzles have nothing better to do than bitch on the internet about the Wrigley Field birthday cake, that is the team’s fault?

  • V23

    Continued….ON THE FIELD

  • ssckelley

    Lmao at the advertisement on this page for a free cake decorating class.

    • DarthHater

      Huh. All I see are ads for dating hot mature women. 😛

      • ssckelley

        The ad flipped to something else.

  • Chad

    Should have just given all the fans a cookie instead

  • Medicos

    V23—It’s difficult to find many positive things about the 2014 team:

    A—Starting pitching (Shark, Wood, Hammel) has been a plus
    B—Castro and Rizzo showing improvement over 2013
    C—Rondon has looked good in the bullpen
    D—The cupcakes yesterday at the 100th BD Celebration tasted delicious
    E—Bonifacio has been a pleasant surprise.
    F—Much more movement on the bases under RR
    G—Team defense improved
    H—Lake and Olt are getting a chance to play
    I—-Barney’s OPS and OPB are improved
    K—Grimm is going to be a decent bullpen addition

  • Beast Mode

    I guess they wanted ther cake and eat it too.

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  • Ivy Walls

    Often there are moments frozen in metaphors that bounce back as having many threads of truth. Cubs and through the efforts of the FO, the coaching staff to develop a genuine WS champion (forget the contender status), to exercise the demons of that self-perpetuating metaphor. The hundred year thing was and remains a one-of-the-kind and one-time only marketing event. The cake was used and re-used for a marketing prop and afterward how do you preserve, cream cheese or butter and sugar with food coloring, except the marketing people did not follow through in controlling the image by instructing precisely how the cake would be discarded, now feeding back to the well-heeled Cubs metaphor.

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  • Edwin

    The cake thing reminds me of a really cool picture of the torn down set from The Wire. It’s interesting, because one of the big themes of The Wire is how social institutions fail, and then in the end there’s this cool pic of the set all torn down at the end of the show.

  • fromthemitten

    deadass if I came across that cake I would have totally dumpster dived it and invited my friends over for a massive food fight