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?

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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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  • 2nd in defensive WAR, NL.

    6th in NL in RBI

    Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.

    The E-Man 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.

    billybucks 3 hours 18 min ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 4 hours 2 min ago view
  • There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!

    billybucks 4 hours 2 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 4 hours 4 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 4 hours 7 min ago view
  • Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.

    Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.

    billybucks 4 hours 7 min ago view
  • Baez still learning

    jacos 4 hours 35 min ago view
  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 5 hours 39 min ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 6 hours 45 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 7 hours 34 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 12 hours 4 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 1 day 3 hours ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 1 day 3 hours ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 1 day 3 hours ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 1 day 3 hours ago view