A scoreboard shakeup at Wrigley?

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Matt’s Take:

If the Cubs’ brass has its way, they are going to make Wrigley Field closely resemble an IMAX Theater, which would be a tremendous upgrade over the on-the-field product we are stuck with now.

That’s if they can come to an agreement with city leaders in Chicago on a $500 million renovation.

As a diehard Cubs fan, I know Andrew hates the idea of renovating the beloved home of the Cubbies. If it were up to him, Wrigley Field would still sport wooden seats and 3-cent hotdogs.

At the center of his heartburn is a video scoreboard. To borrow a line from the gang at ESPN, “Com on, man!”

It’s a scoreboard. What’s the big deal?

The way I see this, if an enormous video scoreboard is installed in centerfield, at least they could show movies to give fans something entertaining to watch.  The Cubs are 2-5 on the season, and it’s not going to get any better.

Honestly, if you could sit in Wrigley and watch “Gladiator” or  “300,” why wouldn’t you? Seems like a great way to spend the afternoon.

Wrigley is the second-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball, only behind Fenway Park in Boston. And for the past 105 years, Cubs fans have been suffering without a World Series title.

While there is no chance they play for the crown anytime soon, at least an enormous scoreboard would give them a great venue to watch the World Series.

Give fans a reason to go to Wrigley. If you build it, they will come.

Imagine it now, take the video screen from Cowboy’s Stadium and slap it on Wrigley. Now that’s entertainment.

Andrew’s take:

Have you looked up tickets to Chicago for this summer? Because this is your last chance to witness baseball at its finest.

And don’t even joke about going to the South Side. That’s not baseball. That’s a freak show. Seriously, Google some images of White Sox fans.

This is your last chance to visit Wrigley Field in all its glory.

Last week, the Chicago Cubs announced that they are close to a deal for the latest renovation in the field’s 99-year history. And there is one very large mistake highlighted in the list of changes; a video scoreboard.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

Hands down, without question, the best experience you can have in the sport of baseball is a game at Wrigley.

I’ve been to Fenway Park and the old Yankee Stadium. And don’t get me wrong, I respect those parks for what they have. But nothing compares to a game in the Friendly Confines.

What makes this park so special is the fact that nothing comes between you and the game. There’s not a bad seat in the house.

No rap music, no retractable roof and, until now, no “jumbotron.” It’s just a ball park.

Compared to other major American sports, baseball moves a little slow. And if you sit any other Major League ballpark, you end up just watching a screening for three hours.

But not at Wrigley.

Do you ever wonder why baseball lost the top spot amongst American sports as far as popularity goes? It’s kind of funny that football and basketball grabbed the spotlight just as baseball parks started incorporating video technology.

So, don’t waste any time. Buy a ticket to Chicago, and go straight to Wrigleyville. Get a brat at Murphy’s before the game, and once you’re inside, keep the Old Style flowing. You’ll never forget it.

Grandpa Andrew, out.