Cubs' Non-Baseball Business is Booming

"...Elton John's going to help us win some ballgames."

So says Crane Kenney in explaining how the extra revenue the Cubs will realize from three Wrigley Field concerts this summer, including the Elton John/Billy Joel event in late July, will translate into additional payroll flexibility.

More from Kenney:

"The CBOE [seat] auction last year paid for Rich Harden. The 'Road to Wrigley' game sponsored our Asian scouting operation. That's the way, from the business end, we look at these things. All
these elements really help our business move forward. My view is if
you're a Cub fan, you should enjoy the concerts whether you're an Elton
John fan or not."

The Trib's Dave van Dyck also reports that the Cubs will be opening a new, year-round, 7,000-square-foot sports bar at Addison & Sheffield in time for the home opener on April 13th. The Harry Caray's Restaurant group will run the place, which will replace the Friendly Confines Cafe and be accessible to fans whether or not they hold a ticket to the game.

"We need to compete with all the other bars and restaurants in town,"
Kenney said.

Indeed. We can't have our baseball team not competing with all of the city's bars and restaurants.


im not letting someone who tells me to enjoy an elton john concert tell me what to do.


It's getting late have you seen my mates
Ma tell me when the boys get here
It's seven o'clock and I want to rock
Want to get a belly full of beer

My old man's drunker than a barrel full of monkeys
And my old lady she don't care
My sister looks cute in her braces and boots
A handful of grease in her hair

Don't give us none of your aggravation
We had it with your discipline
Saturday night's alright for fighting
Get a little action in

Get about as oiled as a diesel train
Gonna set this dance alight
`Cause Saturday night's the night I like
Saturday night's alright alright alright

Well they're packed pretty tight in here tonight
I'm looking for a dolly who'll see me right
I may use a little muscle to get what I need
I may sink a little drink and shout out "She's with me!"

A couple of the sound that I really like
Are the sounds of a switchblade and a motorbike
I'm a juvenile product of the working class
Whose best friend floats in the bottom of a glass

i dislike you with great intensity.

"...Elton John's going to help us win some ballgames."

Are they continuously playing his 80's music into the visitor's club house?

Dunno, but I bet he gives a pretty good reverse chalupa.

The WBC play by play guy called an out to Granderson "a line out to central"


US loses 10-6. Guthrie gave up 6 in the 2nd inning. US was able to cut it to 7-6, but then LaTroy gave up a 3 run bomb. Sounds about right.

Still haven't figured out who the US will play in the semis. They still have to sort out the seeding between the Koreans & Japan/Cuba.

"The desperation defensive deployment backfired Wednesday night in the World Baseball Classic when Dunn made a wild throw that led to four unearned runs and Venezuela won Group 2 by beating the Americans 10-6 to conclude second-round play in Miami."

the best part...he was playing 1st and it was a throwing error

adam go girl!

It would have made more sense to play DeRosa at first and Dunn in left.

Check it out. The Indians don't want DeRosa playing first in the WBC. That put Dunn there.

Check it out. The Nationals didn't want Dunn playing first in the WBC.

and I quote Johnson

"Adam Dunn is playing first base tonight, out of necessity, but the Nationals don't want him there in the next round. Mark DeRosa can play first, but the Indians don't want him playing there, Johnson said."

Thanks for the replies in the previous thread about tickets - i will try and upgrade my tickets from ebay or stubhub. one quickie, if the tickets are to be printed at home, and they forward the email onto me, what is to stop them selling the seats again and forwarding on the same email to someone else???

sorry never used stubhub, and print at home tickets have only just caught on over here - i especially like it when they charge the same amount as if they have to post to you...

"forward the email onto me, what is to stop them selling the seats again and forwarding on the same email to someone else???"

You just have to rely on their honesty. If you get to the game and they don't work ebay has a process to get a refund (but that's a pain in the ass). That's why I always go with hard tickets. I don't mess with the print at home tickets.

Stubhub I believe only sends hard tickets, and their prices aren't too bad. You can just get more of a deal on ebay I think if you catch the right auction. But I'd only bid on auctions that have tickets in hand, or are hard tickets.

Since Stubhub is affiliated with MLB, they have an eDelivery option which allows the seller to enter the bar code of the tickets. Stubhub then contacts the Cubs which invalidates that bar code and issues tickets with new bar codes to you. At least this is how I understand how it works.

This wouldn't apply to eBay.

thanks for that, will go with stubhub then

Yeah, I wouldn't buy print at home tickets on ebay. Stubhub is expensive, but really reliable.

So it sounds like from this latest article that Marshall has been official given the starting spot over Heilman, and that Samardzija will take Lilly's spot in the spring rotation until he gets back because Lou wants to get him more experience.

I'm sure Elton John is hitting the Target Demographic of Wrigleyville.

Just noticed: The Houston Astros are emphasizing speed and "manufacturing" runs this spring. They lead the major leagues in triples with 11 and have stolen 18 bases while being caught only once.

They also have a total of (1) win which must be some kind of record.

Manufacturing in this country is not in a good position right now. Neither are the Astros.

The story is funny, but the photo is pretty creepy.

I wonder if this new sports bar is going to charge $6 for an Old Style so you really feel like you're at the game?

Also, I kind of like their Fund Accounting approach. I'd like my bar tabs at this new Wrigley Field sports bar to go towards a top flight free agent starting pitcher next year.

I paid $5.95 for a can of Old Style once. I was at a bar in Evansville, IN and I saw it in the cooler. Being from Ohio I've never even seen an Old Style, except I knew it was the beer of Wrigleyville. Thinking, "it's a can of beer, what's it gonna be, 3 dollars max?" Bill comes, $5.95 for a can of Old Style. The bartender said it was their special import of the month. Or something stupid.

The Trib web shows the sod (from co.) being replaced at Wrigley. Is that to get it ready for the concerts?

It was planned in light of the Blackhawks game on New Year's Day. I believe the cost of the resodding was built into what the Cubs charged the NHL and the Hawks for use of Wrigley.

So is that picture some new fund drive - "We leave Elton up until we receive 100 pledges?" Please, make it go away!

Your pleas have been heard!

What's with all the Elton John hate? I am going to go sing some tonight and dedicate it to you guys.

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  • KB 0-5 with 8 LOB. Really? He is torturing me with 99 RBI. He is also a very different hitter at home vs. road. I suspect most young hitters are.

  • Greinke still in for the 8th. 3 up, 3 down. After 8. 108 pitches, ERA still at 1.66 according to mlb boxscore and he's in line for a 19th win.

  • Greinke 95 pitches through 7. Gives up one run (solo HR to Hedges). ERA at 1.66. Doubt that they will let him give up 5 runs in the 8th.

    Dodgers ahead 2-1.

  • 96 wins with one game to go. Who woulda thunk it.

    Cubs 96 wins have clinched a better record than any AL team and the NL West/East division winners too.

  • cubs win, pirates lose...

  • the curse is now yours.

  • cog a HR away from the cycle after a single in the 6th.

  • Hendricks: 15 up, 15 down.

  • he strongly separates his post-playing career from his playing career, though he loves to visit the barrier of player and fan. many ex-players don't put up this barrier.

    he's not interested in going back to the clubhouse or pretty much anything field/game related, but he'll grab a ticket and observe with the fans and visit ex players on "neutral" ground. he's written 3 pieces for the new yorker and other pieces elsewhere. i remember one photo/bio piece he did, but don't remember where i read it (years ago).

  • ?
    I find your comments rather obtuse. He recognized he didn't want to pursue baseball anymore and went back to school to learn how to become a better writer - opening up a new chapter in his life.

    I don't know where you find a "sad disconnection" because he is writing about his experiences? He pursued a ball career for a long time so no doubt there is some meloncholy in his tone, but I just don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

  • he has an almost sad disconnection from the game based on his writings. even though he's "been there" (no matter how much of a minor role) he doesn't seem to feel like he belongs or deserves to belong in the boy's club.

    he seems to go to great lengths to enjoy the game from an arm's length while occasionally getting close enough for a high-5 from those who affirm him that he belongs.

  • I read that guy's article about why he quit baseball and it was really well done too. In terms of Rizzo, I have seen multiple references to how this is Rizzo's team just as much as Madden's and it makes that pick up that much better that we have someone that is not only a great player but a leader and all around great guy (been reading about all the charity work he does too). There is really nothing not to like about Rizzo.

  • Nice article on Rizzo

    Written by ex teammate

  • JD concurred with Ariettas second at bat

  • Hey AZ, Chesny Young made raised some eyebrows with his minor league season. What do you think of him?

  • AZ Phil, why are Beeler and Parker in Mesa? Are they still recovering from injury?