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, 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.




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.

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, 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.


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

but wow...this

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 lose the damn game.

now lose the damn game

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


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.


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.


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...

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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  • 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.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.