Jerry Reinsdorf has sold the naming rights to Comiskey Park to US Cellular at 68 million over 25 years. I can tolerate going to United Center, because at least that doesn't sound so horribly gaudy, and I can pretend it means "united" in the good way, not the bankrupt corporate way. But this is appalling. Anyone want to take bets on when they sell the Wrigley name off of Wrigley field?
Torchslasher foiled me this time, but I shall get him next time!*maniacal laughter*
"The first park on Chicago’s North Side, Wrigley Field cost $250,000 when it was built in 1914. Charlie Weeghman built the park to house his baseball team, the Chicago Federals (a.k.a. the Chi-Feds and, later, as the Whales) of the brand-new Federal League, which was challenging the established major leagues. The Federal League folded after only two years, so Weeghman, leading a ten man syndicate which included chewing gum magnate Willam Wrigley, Jr., purchased the Cubs of the National League. The team was moved from West Side Grounds to what was then known as Weeghman Park. In 1918, Wrigley took over Weeghman's share of the team and by 1919 had bought out the shares of the other members of the syndicate. The name of the stadium was changed to Cubs Park in time for opening day, 1920. It was renamed Wrigley Field in his honor in 1926."
If I'm the White Sox, I have no problem getting the name Comiskey off the stadium. All anyone remembers about Charles Comiskey is that he was such a cheapskate his players threw a World Series. Changing the name can't cause the White Sox to be any worse.
Bringing the French along in a war is like bringing an accordion along when you go hunting. All it provides is useless noise.
The Reds are opening up a new stadium this year called the Great American Ballpark (Carl Lindners Great American Insurance company). It could have been a lot worse... such as US Cellular Field. That just doesn't roll off the tongue well.
Courtsey of the Friar Wire: On Monday, November 18, the Padres held a special ceremony at the site of the downtown ballpark to unveil a banner which will count down the days until the new ballpark opens in April 2004.