Talk about destroying tradition I now see what the fuss is about at Wrigley Field, those horrible tarps on the outfield fence to prevent people from across the street and on rooftops from watching the game. I agree with Michael Wilborn of "ESPN PTI" for saying tha the Cubs are ruining the tradition of this historic area.
But you know, the tarps that they put up were too garish and you can actually see through them, which I find funny.
The thing that irks me the most about the whole thing is the Cubs are now saying they're for "security." Yeah, security of the Tribune's wallet.
"The best reason for committing loathsome & detestable acts -and let's face it, I am considerably something of an expert in the field - is purely for their own sake. Monetary gain is all very well, but it dilutes the tastes of wickedness to a lower level that is obtainable by anyone will an overdeveloped sense of avarice. True and baseless evil is as rare as the purest good - and we all know how rare THAT is." - Acheron Hades, THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jaspar Fforde
The tarps won't be up for very long. Basically the problem is the rooftop owners and the folks who bought the ludicrously expensive real estate around Wrigley are being totally uncooperative about the Cubs desire to expand the park by 2000 seats, which would mean some minor structural changes to the outside of the park. Nothing which will alter the aesthetics really, but which will cause some inconvenience for pedestrian traffic on the streets the park is on. So the Trib is saying "Fine don't work with us, we'll do what we can to screw with your highly profitable business of watching our games for free." It can cost a couple of grand to rent a rooftop set up for one game, and the owners of those buildings around Wrigley are making a mint, not to mention the fact their land values are extremely high due to the park, and yet they won't budge an inch. As soon as there's a compromise reached, the tarps will come down, and everyone will be one big happy drunken Wrigleyville family again.
"You used it to shove your miserable daughter down our throats week in and week out...not anymore!" - Ric Flair gives me hope, Raw 3/18/02
"I thought it was cool how HHH just tossed Jericho out of the ring and made him vanish, possibly into another dimension, at the end of the match." - Dr. Unlikely says the funniest thing I've ever read on Wienerville.
Even more, they should have. I was crazy in those early innings when Gretz struck out twice or when A-Gon and the catcher (Ain't I bad, can't think of his name) whiffed. They made up for it later. But my kids were a little scared of me.