Chicago Cubs Baseball and suffering have been synonymous for over 105 years. While I strongly doubt we will be raising any championship banners on Clark and Addison this fall, there is still reason for hope.
While still a “losing” ball club the Cubbies have show resilience and promise during these sweltering summer months, and I’m not the only one who’s noticed. The current owner of the club, Tom Ricketts has the pieces in place to turn the lovable losers into a winning franchise. In the Fall of 2011 the Cubs hired former Boston Red Sox G.M. Theo Epstein to become the clubs new President. As the General Manager of the Red Sox, Epstein ended their then 86-year World Series drought in 2004 and followed it up with another title in 2007. Regarded as one of the top front-office minds in baseball the Cubs hope that Epstein has some curse-ending magic left in him. As for how the team will improve the off-the-field experience for Cubs fans the Ricketts’ have a plan for that as well.
Chicago City Council has recently approved the $500 Million Dollar renovation plan that aims to revitalize the landmark that is Wrigley Field by adding a giant, state of the art video board in left field, as well as large advertising boards that rise above the outfield walls.
The plan is designed to not only improve the stadium, but also the Lakeview and Wrigleyville neighborhoods surrounding it. Mayor Emmanuel has backed the plan from day one, citing its ability to generate jobs and revitalize the economy without using taxpayer money. Other parts of the renovation plan include space for a hotel, as well as office and retail space.