Wrigley Field would make a great coliseum

If Cubs owner Tom Ricketts actually made good on his threat to leave Wrigley Field for a more baseball-friendly neighborhood, what would be the best use of the site at Clark and Addison?

My plan? Flatten and grade it, then enclose it in cyclone fence and razor wire, as a holding pen for "alleged criminals" to alleviate overcrowding at the Cook County Jail.

It would save taxpayers money. And it's the responsible thing to do. We'd give them tents.

"Goat farm," wrote Dan D. on Facebook on what to do with Wrigley after the Cubs are gone, although Mick S. insists on a Museum of Ham like they have in Spain.

Pete S. had another idea for the next occupants of Wrigley: "How about a major league baseball team?"

Or Wrigley could become a mega pit-bull breeding and training facility, complete with tattoo parlors and a store that sells nothing but accessories for chewing tobacco, like spit cups with picturesque scenes of Chicago.

Or we could turn the Wrigley site into a museum of political corruption.

Better yet, why not a real Chicago City Hall Casino controlled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel?

Mayor Rahmfather again floated the idea of a casino on the same morning that Ricketts made his pack-up-and-go-Cubs-go threat. Rahmfather wants to run his own casino without much oversight. He's already laid the groundwork by gutting the investigative powers of the city's inspector general.

Dan K. suggested a soccer stadium for the Chicago Fire, which is an excellent idea. Now all we need is a forward who can put the ball into the net.

Others recommended that Wrigley become a coliseum so that rooftop patrons could wager on fights to the death, and Dirk R. kindly asked that local politicians be allowed to "dip their beaks" by running the concessions. Yes, that sure would generate revenue for City Hall, but fights to the death for the amusement of rooftop patrons, as they sip a crisp sauvignon blanc, might be a tad too Maximus even for Chicago.

"Love that idea!" wrote FB fan Janice S. "If he (Ricketts) leaves, then let's see how much all those rooftops are worth."

"Replace (Wrigley) with a Jumbotron that only plays a loop of the Sox clinching the 2005 World Series," said Cisco C.

That's the point, isn't it? A World Series? Isn't that what Cubs fans want more than a decrepit ivy-covered ballpark without decent bathrooms that sells buffalo burgers?

The last time the Cubs won a World Series was 2012, but that was only in a video game.

And if Ricketts wants to get into the Series, he should wise up, drop the bison and start selling goat soup.

Ricketts made his news while answering a question after a breakfast speech at the venerable City Club of Chicago. He was asked what he'd do if the politicians don't deliver on the deal to let him refurbish the ballpark with $300 million of his family's money and install gigantic electric advertising signs in the outfield.

The rooftop owners aren't too happy with the sign idea because it may block the views for some of them.

"I'm not sure how anyone is going to stop the signs in the outfield, but if it comes to the point that we don't have the ability to do what we need to do in our outfield, then we're going to have to consider moving," Ricketts said. "It's as simple as that."

Immediately, there was much hand-wringing and anguish, and some critics accused Ricketts of a public relations blunder for possibly embarrassing the politicians who have generally been supportive.



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