Well sir, there is certainly more to see around the friendly confines this afternoon.
I found that this large operation has taken over the parking lot just west of Clark and Addison. My grandson tells me that this is the set up for ESPN Gameday, and that it is supposedly some big deal.
Also, they now have two giant trucks parked on Waveland Avenue that will help supplement Wrigley Field's lights for the game. I strolled by again this evening, and they have the field lit up like a candle. It is a beautiful site, and she is even more bright now that they have these extra lights.
Speaking of adding lights to Wrigley Field, let me just tell ya - you don't want to get my friend Hank going on the subject.
Seems like the more I stroll by Wrigley Field, the more junk they have come up with to clutter the place.
I was quite upset to see that after spending the day painting the marquee purple they went ahead and slapped a logo up there. I'm not too fond of advertisements around the park as you might have heard, but to put one up here on the marquee - well sir, temporary or not I don't like it.
And I may be crazy and half colorblind, but the top and the bottom of that marquee have different purples to them, don't they?
Then I walk around the corner and find this gigantic "U" standing right there behind Ernie Banks' statue.
That thing makes the old macaroni and cheese noodle from this last summer seem small and tactful. I tell you what, if a stiff breeze was to make its way down Clark Street I wouldn't be surprised to find that we'd have ourselves another broken statue on our hands.
I reckon seeing the marquee and that "U" shook me up a bit, because when I came home and took a gander at this photograph I took of the Northwestern University equiptment truck, it sure is a bit shaky.
Lord knows what I'll find around The Stadium tomorrow.
Um... While Grandpa and the rest of Illinois have focused on purple marquees at Wrigley and purple banners at Wrigley and purple... well, everything at Wrigley; I happened to notice this photo that showed up from our pal: @clubhousecancer.
I mean . . . where do I begin on this? 1. (shout out to my Grandpa) Fake Ivy. Yeah, there is fake ivy around the wall and on that fake ivy are lots of ads. Grandpa and his pals are pretty much anti-ads by the way. Me? I don't really notice them. I mean, am I going to start paying for insurance just because I saw this ad? Nope!
2. The Goal Post. It is attached to the brick wall! Do I have to repeat that in some other way? It is attached to a very very old wall. Last time I watched a game, the goal posts were attached to the ground.
3. Clearance. Um.. also, the last time I watched a game: There Were More Than 3 Inches Of Clearance Outside of the Endzone! ! ! I mean... I'm definitely pro-Wrigley and I am (I guess) pro-football at Wrigley, but this appears to be not such a good idea. I'll let Grandpa and my Uncle Harold get into the details of the whole past vs present deal, but presently: it just seems like a really, really bad idea.
UPDATE: It looks like the Big 10 agrees with me on this one. They ruled that they will only go towards the West end zone. No love for the East Side!!
Today proves once again that the brain-trust over at Cubs Marketing doesn't believe in being subtle and they never miss out on an opportunity to milk Wrigley Field.
I believe you would agree that The Stadium has already been sufficiently "Northwestern-ized" for this Saturday's game. What with the Purple and White flags flying on every pole, oversized Northwestern banners hung on the West and to the South as well as eight more cluttering around our beautiful Wrigley Field Marquee. Dang heck, they even painted the right field wall window off of Sheffield Purple.
Well sir - apparently that wasn't enough, because they have decided to also paint the Wrigley Field marquee Purple. Not only are they temporarily defacing the landmark, they are also making sure they do it loudly; promoting and sponsoring it, complete with MasterCard billboards and Valspar paint cans. Because, you see - Wrigley Field isn't just a dandy place to watch a game, she is also a money making machine.
A lot was made by us and by others about moving Harry Caray's statue. Harry's widow -Dutchie was against the idea, and we were against the way they handled the re-dedication.
Well sir, it appears that we were all correct in our assertion that the whole thing was just a bad idea. Because, you see - the bastards broke the statue.
According the Paul Sullivan of the Tribune, the crack came about when a vehicle that was a part of the football work hit the corner of the base. He also said that they supposedly ordered a new piece of granite to fix this fiasco. I'll be interest to see if they have the original date etched in there or if they pick the September 1, 2010 re-dedication date. Regardless, I think it is just a darn shame - he never should've been moved in the first place.
The Cubs season came to a end the first week of October and ever since laborers have been hard at work transforming this beautiful baseball field into a football gridiron. All this here effort for one game on November 20th matching the Northwestern Wildcats and the Illinois Illinis.
We here have been documenting the process and figured it was close enough to completion to give all of you a gander. A lot has gone into this event so far but I'll start with the field itself.
They started by bring in sod, you see. Can't have much of a football field with a dirt infield.
They tackled the diamond first,
then they covered the warning track.
The field really transformed when they painted on the numbers and lines. If you look close enough you'll see the Northwestern "N" at the 50 yard line.
Now, as of this afternoon - they have the painted purple around the sidelines, and added the base to the field goals.
I reckon that this is most of what they will have to do for the field, but I'll be back tomorrow to see if they have made any more progress.
Now that the 2010 baseball season has come to an end, we here at The Wrigley Blog put our collective heads together to decide our MVP.
Well I'll tell you one thing - the Cubs didn't play worth a hoot this year. So, we decided not to give it to a Cub. Harold voiced an opinion for Mike Fontenot - after-all he was the only Cub on the World Series winning team. And I could see Sloop's point that Marlon Byrd should get the nod - seeings as how his stellar play during the All Star Game gave the Giants home field advantage in that series.
But after some heated exchanges around the card-table we decided to give this years MVP to:
You see, it was the FBI who foiled a plot to detonate a bomb right near Wrigley Field. A fella by the name of Sami Samir Hassoun put what he thought was enough TNT to blow up a city block in a trash can less than a block from Clark and Addison.
This here trash can would have been the epicenter of the explosion
Now, I can't tell you how life would have changed around these parts if the long arm of the law hadn't prevented this tragedy. I can tell you that whining about how we haven't fielded a World Series team for over 100 years would have seemed a tad less important.
And even if the damage wouldn't have reached the glorious red marquee that proudly hangs on our beloved Stadium - the innocence of heading to watch a baseball game would have never been the same. I can't even imagine how security in and around would have changed. You'd have heavily armed police patrolling the aisles with bomb sniffing dogs. You'd have idiots calling in bomb threats clearing the stands mid-game. Who knows if people would even show to watch. One way or the other, this event would have spelled the end of something special or just maybe it would have been the very end of Wrigley Field herself.
So from all of us at The Wrigley Blog - Thank you FBI for catching this hooligan. We owe you a cold one.
Grandpa has sent me out recently to try and snag some photos of the work going on inside of Wrigley for the upcoming Northwestern football game. They have this opening in the outfield wall off of Sheffield that works like a charm... but you have to be willing to stand there like a tool and take shots while security stares you down.
Well guess what I happened to notice last time I was there... one of the security dudes was wearing a mother-trucking Milwaukee Brewers hat!