If you rebuild it, will they come back?

Wrigley vacanciesOn day five of single game ticket sales yesterday it was still possible to buy four seats together for Opening Day.

I suspect the Ricketts gang has taken notice of the fact that spit and polished pee troughs are trumped by a 5th place team and 9% unemployment when folks sit down in February to calculate whether or not they can afford $72 bleacher tickets come summertime.

There are other causes for concern as the bean counters contemplate the 2011 schedule and project the team's prospects at the turnstiles.

The two months with the highest number of home games are April and May with 15 and 17, respectively. Not only is the weather at its poorest then, but the early returns on advance ticket sales indicate that fans are taking a wait and see approach on this year’s edition rather than banking that Mike Quade’s 24-13 audition last year was an accurate forecast of the 2011 winning percentage.

The Yankee series is the only one at home over a weekend in June.

Attendance at the first two exhibition games was spotty. Unseasonable weather may be an early factor there, but even subpar Arizona weather is likely to far surpass whatever awaits in Chicago in April and May before Wrigley has a chance to put her face on.

Has the Cub/Wrigley Field brand peaked? It appears right now that the baseball business headquartered at Clark & Addison is in danger of having its streak of three million-plus attendance seasons snapped at seven.

If that happens will the storm sewers outside the Addison Red Line station be able to handle the flood of scalpers’ tears?


That's what happens when one of the worst teams in MLB has the most expensive tickets in all of MLB.

Screw the Rickii.

you mean the Ticketts family?

Well played Mr. Wellman, well played.

There are few feelings that I enjoy more than approaching a pack of scalpers around the bottom of the 2nd of a low-attendance game and demonstrating the power of a buyer's market. If they're going to take their profits during the good years, then I'm going to eat their lunches in, say, 2011.

On that note, more Tuesday games v. Pittsburgh please.

I can't speak for everyone, but I bought tickets every year using the waiting room bullshit, but not this year. I think I'd rather have a root canal than sit around for hours watching my browser refresh.

I couldn't help but feel that WrigleyFieldPremiumTickets had first dibs and I was an afterthought, so f**k it. I'll watch them lose a game at Great America Ballpark instead.

The only thing that's peaked is greed. You can't raise ticket prices every single year and expect people to keep coming back forever. Not only have they continued to raise ticket prices during losing years, but they're diminishing the traditional "Wrigley experience" by erecting dumbass Toyota signs and assaulting our eardrums with Luna jingles and Miley Cyrus instead of the dulcet tones of Gary Pressey's organ.

As far as I'm concerned, the whole Ricketts clan can get f*cked.

And while they keep raising ticket prices and cutting payroll, refusing to put out a halfway decent team, they keep running stupid f-ing ads in the Chicago area about Wrigley Field, and the tradition of Wrigley Field, and come see beautiful Wrigley Field. Not one word that baseball is supposed to be played there. The team itself is taking a backseat under the Ticketts family (to borrow Mike W.'s wonderful saying), and they're insulting actual baseball fans by advertising to the people who only want a nice day in the park.

News flash to Ticketts: the core Cubs fans are Cubs fans. Wrigley is beautiful, but we want a baseball team that can win. The Yankees and Red Sox can charge crazy prices for tickets because they keep putting the money into the roster. If they need help at a position they trade for it or sign a free agent, while the Cubs cry wolf and shop off the scrap heap.

...nice mouse rollover comment on the picture up top.

On that RF bleach picture you are showing a half empty family section.

No one in their right mind would watch bad Cub baseball sober.

family section used to be in extreme LF but they moved it around the LF pole...the pic is of the 'bleacher box' section where you can get reserved bleacher seats instead of the 'first come/first serve' GA that prevails in rest of bleachers...

I stand corrected.

down in front!

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  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.


    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:


    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.