Did I really write way back in July of Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts’ renovation plan for Wrigley Field, “And it’s done“? Man, what was I thinking? This is never going to be done:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to give the Cubs more flexibility on scheduling night games at Wrigley Field, and the team has agreed to drop a proposed pedestrian bridge over Clark Street from its $500 million renovation plan.
Yes, the city council has already voted on the plan, but apparently in Chicago first you vote, then you decide what it is that you voted for. The new Emanuel plan, introduced at last night’s council meeting, would reduce the total number of night games per year from 46 to 43, but give the Cubs more flexibility in rescheduling them at the last minute (which MLB’s TV partners like to do when they suddenly decide a game is important enough to air in prime time — something it’s hard to picture ever applying to a Cubs game, but anyway). Plus the pedestrian bridge will be nixed, which the Chicago Tribune calls “good news for neighborhood groups,” though it’s not entirely clear why.
Anyway, nothing is being built anytime soon regardless, because Ricketts still won’t move ahead with doing anything without a promise from rooftop owners not to sue for breach of their contract with the team if renovations block their views, and the rooftop owners are making no promises. Which led last week to alderman Tom Tunney, formerly the main opponent of the Wrigley renovation, loudly demanding to know when the Cubs are going to get started, already.
Actually, maybe I don’t want this to ever end. It’s way more entertaining than watching the Cubs.