WASHINGTON–Mixing politics with baseball, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and “Way to Early” on Wednesday do live shows from Wrigley Field, taking a look at the Illinois political scene, with guests including Gov. Pat Quinn, Democratic strategist David Axelrod, Ernie “Mr. Cubs” Banks and in a triple play, Cubs owners Laura, Tom and Todd Ricketts.
Laura Ricketts is a major Democratic donor–she was a bundler for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign (more than $500,000) –while Todd Ricketts is the CEO of one of the nation’s largest conservative political action committees, Ending Spending SuperPac and its nonprofit advocacy arm. Obama awarded Banks the presidential Medal of Freedom last November at the White House, a ceremony Tom Ricketts attended.
“Morning Joe” did a live show from Fenway on the park’s 100th anniversary back in April 2012. It’s in the same spirit that they’re bringing the show live from Wrigley tomorrow – to celebrate the history of the field and take a closer look at local politics,” an MSNBC spokesman said.
“MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle, and Thomas Roberts will celebrate Wrigley’s 100th anniversary, giving viewers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the iconic ballpark, and speaking with special guests,” MSNBC said in a release.
The “Morning Joe” Wrigley Field edition guests: Mike Barnicle, MSNBC Contributor; John Heilemann, New York Magazine; Thomas Roberts, Host of MSNBC’s “Way Too Early”; Jeremy Peters, New York Times; David Axelrod, Fmr. Obama Senior Advisor and MSNBC Political Analyst; Rev. Al Sharpton, Host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation”; Gov. Pat Quinn; Tom Ricketts, Owner, Chicago Cubs; Laura Ricketts, Owner, Chicago Cubs; Todd Ricketts, Owner, Chicago Cubs; Ernie Banks, baseball player