Cubs, city both full of it in dispute over Ald. Thomas Tunney's Wrigley Field

Chicago Tribune sports columnist Steve Rosenbloom voices his perspective on the current Wrigley Field dispute. (Posted: March 29, 2013.)

Spoiler alert: Both sides in the Cubs’ dispute with the city regarding improvements at Ald. Thomas Tunney Wrigley Field are full of manure. 

Now, on with the show.

In case you missed it, the Cubs and their neighbors staged their mandated meeting Tuesday night to discuss life around Ald. Thomas Tunney’s Wrigley Field.

Tom Ricketts was not in attendance, but the Cubs had several people represent the team to hear complaints and suggestions regarding ballgames and concerts held at Ald. Thomas Tunney’s Wrigley Field.

Traffic and parking, of course, remain a major complaint from residents who live near Ald. Thomas Tunney’s Wrigley Field.

Noise and public urination, as you might’ve guessed, also remain talking points, especially when the Cubs play night games at Ald. Thomas Tunney’s Wrigley Field.

This year’s meeting included the urgency of an opening-day deadline for major renovations to Ald. Thomas Tunney’s Wrigley Field.

But the bigger, louder, more ridiculous situation involves the Cubs’ inability to run their business on their own.

Half of this is self-inflicted. Ricketts knew what kind of onerous agreements he was buying into. The other half stems from punitive, politically driven restrictions that reduce the profitability of Ald. Thomas Tunney’s Wrigley Field.

The Cubs can’t get what they want because they are politically inept and contractually hamstrung. The rooftop owners have a signed deal that declares them partners with the Cubs and seems like a winner in court. The neighbors oppose any notion of more noise, traffic and public urination at night events. The mayor appears to be neutered.

Whatever, nothing is getting done to arrive at a decision on the future of Ald. Thomas Tunney’s Wrigley Field, and so, we get a pile of Cubs tradition hooey.

Stop it already. Wise up, people. The tradition is bad. It’s all about losing. In case you’re forgot, the Cubs have a century-plus of regular season stink and a nine-game postseason losing streak.

We’re talking about the most inept franchise ever. Worse, the fans have sobered up. They aren’t buying tickets blindly anymore. Interestingly, that coincided with Ricketts asking daddy if he would buy the Cubs for the kids because the team was selling every seat to watch every Tom, Dick and Quade.

Oops.

This ongoing spat also is about a decrepit and dangerous sports structure. That’s some tradition, huh?

Besides, Ricketts is now negotiating for a video screen almost three times the size of the scoreboard somewhere in tradition-laden Ald. Thomas Tunney’s Wrigley Field. The city doesn’t mind the idea of a modern, blinding video screen in the 99-year-old stadium. Location also is an issue for the rooftop owners who bought the local alderman’s love.

So, there you go: Talk is tradition by both sides is a pile of manure bigger than the Cubs’ third-base spot. Both sides of this dispute are hypocrites, if not also liars. Stop shoveling this tradition garbage. Tradition only matters when it’s convenient.

What’s more, tradition at the cost of perpetually reduced profits is just plain dumb, and it’s getting dumber because Ricketts can’t play politics any better than his team can play games.

It’s embarrassing that a business can generate so much tax money and the head wonk can wield so little clout in Chicago.

It’s a joke that an alderman should be allowed to suppress growth and new tax streams in his ward that cost the city money.

Ricketts should loudly explore finding a suburb willing to give him everything so he can move his Cubs out of Ald. Thomas Tunney’s Wrigley Field.

 
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