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Wrigley Field should be Wrigley forever!!!!!

Updated on March 17, 2008

Throughout history, there have been some classic moments in baseball history that have taken place at Wrigley Field. In September in the year 1938, Cubs Hall of Fame catcher Gabby Hartnett hit his famous "Homer in the Gloamin" off the Pittsburgh Pirates. No event at Wrigley Field is more famous than Babe Ruth's supposed called shot of his home run during the 1932 World Series. It has been written about, showed in numerous movies and is engraved in American baseball folklore. Wrigley is where Ernie Banks hit his 500th homer in 1970 and Pete Rose got his 4,191st hit to equal Ty Cobb's mark in 1985. It is where as a rookie; Kerry Wood struck out 20 Houston Astros. It is where in the 1960's and 1970's, the Bleacher Bums spent their summer vacations.

It is also the best place in the world to watch a baseball game. Snuggled into a residential neighborhood on Chicago's northeast side, Wrigley has been Wrigley since 1920. Anywhere in the United States and to any baseball fan in the world, you mention Wrigley Field and people instantly know where and what you are talking about. The Cubs and Wrigley Field go together like hot dogs and baseball, apple pie and ice cream, and corn beef and cabbage. The ivy on the outfield walls since it was planted in 1937 by Bill Veeck, the buildings across Sheffield and Waveland avenues with people on the rooftops watching the games, to having a bar across the street regardless of what exit you walk out after the game. Wrigley Field is a beautiful and picturesque place to relax and enjoy a ballgame. There is no better, anywhere in the world!

Wrigley Field shares its name with the Wrigley Company, as the park was named for its then-owner, William Wrigley Jr., the CEO of the Wrigley Company. Yes, the gum company. Not everyone always realizes this and usually doesn’t even think about it. Ask any baseball fan what he thinks of when you say “Wrigley” and he will tell you, the Cubs and Wrigley Field in Chicago.

And now the Tribune Co., which currently owns the Cubs, has them up for sale. That is fine; maybe with a new owner the Cubs will finally get to, and win a World Series in my lifetime. I mean it has been 100 years this year since they have won a World Series. The thing that really bothers me is that they also want to sell the “naming” rights to Wrigley as well. That means that some company with bug bucks could actually buy the right to name this wonderful ballpark something else. This ballpark is a landmark, name and all if you ask me.

I just can’t imagine going to Taco Bell Park, or Verizon Field, or Hooters Stadium to see a Cubs game. How would the wonderful red sign out in front that reads “Welcome to Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs” look reading “Welcome to General Motors Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs?” How would you feel walking in the park and reading “Welcome to the Friendly Confines of Red Bull Park, Get Wings?” It’s a shame I tell you, just a crying shame.

There has been talk that maybe the Wrigley Co. could buy the rights and keep the name, but even the CEO of Wrigley said that even if they bought the rights, they might want to rename it to “Big Red Field,” because that’s their most popular selling gum. What is this Cincinnati? The Cubs play there not the Reds!

I am a Cubs fan because I grew up in Chicago, taking the bus and the "EL" to the games since I was 12 years old. I love them because of my heroes when I was young, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, and Billy Williams, and because of Wrigley Field. I know, it would be the same park, just a different name. But regardless of that, it just wouldn’t be the same. It should be Wrigley Field forever and ever! So our children and our children’s children and even their children can have the joy of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field!

If there are any of you out there with the same feelings about the posiibility of renaming Wrigley Field as I do, go to this web site and sign this petition. I don’t know if it will help, but it certainly couldn’t hurt!

http://www.keepitwrigley.org/

Wrigley Field forever!!!!!!!!

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