So let me tell you about the last time I was in Wrigley Field, which would have been six years ago now, which was the last time the Cubs made the playoffs and just as quickly exited them, per usual:
The place was 93 years old then. And looked and smelled its age.
Not to offend anyone who still goes all gooey in the knees when entering the Friendly Confines, but, friends, the Friendly Confines was a dump back in 2007. It was a dump when I was there in 1989. it was a dump when I was there in 1984, 29 years ago now.
So I really don't get why anyone in Chicago would object to Tom Ricketts spending $500 mill of his own dollars to spruce the place up. But apparently there's speculation he might get some resistance.
I understand this not a bit, because heaven knows the place could use some sprucing up.
A massive state-of-the-art videoboard to replace the antique oar-freighter-prow scoreboard in center field?
A more expansive footprint?
Bring it on.
New clubhouses and other infrastructure to replace the cramped, dark, bunker-like enclosures that exist beneath Wrigley now?
If the Cubs are serious about ever again winning a World Series, see, they've got to get serious about upgrading the Confines. Upgrade the Confines, and you upgrade your roster -- because stars like their creature comforts, and Wrigley as it's presently configured is a lot more creature than comfort.
And now Ricketts wants to renovate the place on his own dime?