The Cubs are so full of themselves you’d need a wheelbarrow to carry their self-importance.
Their latest attempt at world domination involved asking the City of Chicago to close Clark and Addison streets on game days because of heightened security concerns.
If you’re a cynic like me, “heightened security concerns’’ is code for “a desire to establish a 100-foot perimeter around Wrigley Field to lure more people to drink Cubs-approved beverages and buy Cubs-approved items at Cubs-run establishments.’’
The city said no to the request, citing the congestion problems that closing the two main thoroughfares would cause. It’s already a nightmare on game days with Clark and Addison open.
Now, I suppose it’s possible the Cubs really are concerned that Wrigley is vulnerable to some sort of terrorist attack, but nothing in their recent history suggests that they do anything without money as their main motivation. The fact that they reportedly made the same request to close down the streets three years ago also suggests this has nothing to do with better security, as Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney insisted it did during the recent Cubs Convention.
Either Kenney’s job description includes saying things that nobody else in the organization wants to say or he’s genetically wired to say silly things.
I was on the Cubs’ side as they fought the rooftop owners, who were basically pirating someone else’s product. And I’ve always said that people who move into Wrigleyville shouldn’t be surprised that it’s loud, difficult and vomity (new word!) on game days.
But now the Cubs seem hell bent on alienating residents. They have moved beyond trying to pretend that they want to be good neighbors to all-out not caring about them.
I get it: This is what big businesses do. They want to expand their footprint, and they don’t care who they grind under their heel. The Cubs’ business side is under big pressure to catch up with the baseball side, which had a breakout season in 2015 and is hoping for bigger things in 2016.
But in doing so, the Cubs have come across as greedy and pushy. Certainly not someone you’d want living down the street from you.