Save the Wrigley Name from Those Corporate Jackals, Sort Of

When NASCAR's Robby Gordon runs at the Chicagoland Speedway this weekend, the hood of his car will bear the Web address, SaveOurName.com. The site is a collection point for signatures from Cub fans who want to send a "message to the (Cubs')
owners: Don’t sell the name. It’s wrong. It’s selfish. And we won’t
stand for it."

By "we," the site's operator presumably means tradition-loving Cubs fans...and everyone at Deerfield,Illinois-based Jim Beam Brands Co., who created the site as part of an ad campaign.

If the Cubs were just now getting around to installing lights, I imagine Chicagoans United for Baseball in the Sunshine would be underwritten by Coppertone.

Grassroots movements just ain't what they used to be.

 

 

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If jeff Gordon gets his way, they'll re-name it Wrigley Stadium.

Whatever, I remember in a chat one time you telling everyone how you're a die-hard Jeff Gordon fan. 'Rainblow warrior II' you wanted us to call you. YEAH YOU!

If Jim Beam feels so strongly about the issue, why don't they buy the naming rights and then keep the name Wrigley Field?

Well that's just a great point. If they did that I would switch to Jim Beam for all my brown-liquor needs.

Unrelated (except in some morbid way), and possibly 3/44, but some guy is creating a Wrigley replica cemetery for Cubs fans.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/baseball/mlb...

Bizarre, and 28 years too late for Steve Goodman.

Unless he was shopping for cemetery plots four years before he died, the Wrigley Cemetery is 24 years too late for Steve Goodman.

Yeah, math is hard.

meh, let them call it Depends Undergarment Field for all i care.

zell's "job" is to do all those little ugly things to stuff he snaps up so he can pass on the product to its new owner without the new guy sharing the burden. it's part of why so many people hate the guy. as of now i got no complaints about the guy. he's been pretty damn hands-off while trying to take care of the trib's larger holdings.

i understand why some people wanna keep it...the neighborhood's name and tradition...the "feel"...etc.

i'm just one of those people that dont care about that kinda stuff, though.

When NASCAR's Robby Gordon runs at the Chicagoland Speedway this weekend, the hood of his car will bear the Web address, SaveOurName.com. The site is a collection point for signatures from Cub fans who want to send a "message to the (Cubs') owners: Don’t sell the name. It’s wrong. It’s selfish. And we won’t stand for it."

Irony being that NASCAR is the embodiment of selling every surface you have in some sort of capitalist circus. I'm a big fan of capitalism and all that, I'm just saying...

And... effing Brewers. Up 4-2 on Cincy.

wow...that was so in my face yet totally lost on me til you mentioned it.

haha.

watching the CIN/MIL game...nothing special going on, etc...

but wow...this crowd...wow.

the fans are there and they are in full-team support. they are making an UNREAL amount of noise...the kind where the announcers have to scream into the mic over a crowd when a big play is unfolding.

its damn exciting stuff. congrats miluakee...now lose the damn game.

now lose the damn game

Ask & ye shall receive. Reds 6 Mil 5 final. W00t!

sweet!

now gimmie the damn lotto #s.

4 8 15 16 23 42

/Hurley's bad juju

I wonder how many people have actually tried to use those numbers in the real lotto.

LAA-2 OAK-7

murton 1-5 (2 rbi bases loaded single to RF, 0bb 1k)
gallgher 7ip 2h 3bb 7k (2 earned runs, 96 pitches, done for the night)

Murton also got the # 6 Web gem for a catch up against the wall.

I hate this trade already.

DOOM!!DOOOOOOOM!

Man, I just wish we had a starter that could give us 7 inning of 2 run baseball.

hey do we think harden will have a better line
tomorrow then gallagher since gallagher changed
teams does he get a new photo now ? for his
sake i hope so.

gallagher set the bar pretty f'n high for 1st appearances.

Harden's line won't matter. He'll have me at the W.

"since gallagher changed teams does he get a new photo now ?"

Nope! I checked out the A's-Angels on Gameday and there was the same goofy photo of Sean staring out at me -- well, the same except that an Oakland cap had been Photoshopped onto his Cubs portrait. Made him look even goofier.

Regardless, congrats to him (Gallagher) on a good debut outing for the A's. And, for the record, the A's have gained ground on LAA -- they're only 4.0 games behind the Angels after their 9-2 victory tonight. White Flag trade, indeed!

I see that the TCR Depth Chart has been updated to:

1) list Rich Harden as our #1 starter (could we at least make Z a co #1?)
2) welcome Chad Gaudin to our bullpen
3) replace Michael Wuertz w/ Kevin Hart
4) showcase Eric Patterson as our starting LF (woot! go Eric)

I wanted to give Z the extra motivation by naming Harden the #1.

Missed LF somehow and Reed Johnson's come back.... 

Gallagher's first win with the A's coming at the expense of Angels' starter (and Ex-Cub prospect) Jon Garland. July 29th will be the 10 year anniversary of the Karchner-for-Garland trade (thank you Ed Lynch!)

Stevie Eyre pitches 1IP for Peoria yesterday: 2H, 1ER, 0BB, 1K.

and we thought it was rough to introduce new fans to a nearly 100 year losing team...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080712/ap_on_sp_ba_ne...

They didn't show any replays of it, but you could kinda tell it was bad by the way everybody reacted.

I think Len said something to effect of "I hope that hit an empty seat from the noise it made" Um, apparently not.

Dionisio Muyco (3-1, 2 saves, 1.93 ERA) our latest catcher--->pitcher project, is rocketing through the system. Promoted from Boise to Peoria after appearing in 4 games, he closed the game July 10 pitching a perfect ninth to pick up his second save.

Harden's first inning line: 13 pitches, 8 strikes, 5 balls. 12 fastballs, 1 changeup.

Heater ranged from 88 to 97 according to Gameday.

I see Yosh still has a sense of history, Harden wearing number 40.

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