Wrigley bleachers reopen tonight, new video board operator prepares by smoking crack, apparently

The redone Wrigley Field bleachers are reopening tonight for the Chicago Cubs‘ game against the New York Mets, and how do they look, Bleed Cubbie Blue blog?

wrigley1Okay, I cheated: That’s actually a photo by BCB’s David Sameshima of the right-field bleachers, which don’t open for a few more weeks yet, thankfully. Here’s the left-field bleachers:

wrigley2That looks kinda sorts done-ish, though the construction crews might want to leave those porta-potties there during the game, just in case.

Finally, here’s a view of the new right-field scoreboard, which will be in operation even if the right-field bleachers won’t:

wrigley3That doesn’t look so garish, so long as the background remains green with white and yellow lettering. Which it won’t throughout games, I’m sure, since the whole point of a video board is to show videos, duh, so expect the old-timey lineups to disappear plenty during games for ads and “MAKE SOME NOISE” and the like.

Also, while I’m slightly alarmed to see that the Mets will have the injured third baseman David Wright leading off and playing catcher while the injured catcher Travis d’Arnaud bats second and plays first base — not to mention injured reliever Jerry Blevins starting in right field despite his broken arm — I’m at least happy that the scoreboard operator has anticipated neither team getting any runners on base, as is their respective traditions.

3 comments on “Wrigley bleachers reopen tonight, new video board operator prepares by smoking crack, apparently

  1. I was at Wrigley 9 days ago. I generally do not like the new scoreboards as they are “too much” between innings (I am sure the problem is my rigid monotasking brain that cannot handle a monstrously imposing video while I want to talk to my wife). The big left field scoreboard is generally only 20% ads. The ribbon boards along the grandstand are 66% ads most of the time (some times 0% and 100% but 66% ads with action on the field).

    Here’s the biggest problem and I expect some more famous sports commentator to make this point some time soon (particularly with adding lineup information to the RF board). You really have no idea where to look for any particular piece of information (which is the whole point of scoreboards). The big LF board has lots of info about the batter and pitcher but you have to look at the old center field board for the count (you can calculate the inning and score from centerfield but if you are math challenged you will be looking around and perhaps behind you (the most useful simple boards are under the upper deck that cannot be seen from the good seats).

  2. Who cares what the video boards look like. We can’t say the public should not finance stadiums and then complain when teams make modifications to stadiums to generate more revenue. I agree the construction of Wrigley has been a cluster, but they should be able to do what they want.

  3. Oh, we can always *complain*! That’s one of our fundamental rights as Americans! (I think the founding fathers traded it off for the NSA getting to know what websites we’re looking at.)

    More to the point, though, even if Ricketts didn’t get public cash, he did get special dispensation from landmark laws. So the public does have some say in this, or should.