The Surprising Reason Why The Chicago Cubs Won’t Host an All-Star Game
I thought when the Cubs went through all the trouble of beautifying the outside of Wrigley Field they were a shoo-in for the midsummer classic.
If you haven't been to Wrigley Field in the past couple of years, you're missing out.
Even before all of the renovations, The Friendly Confines was one of the most incredible ballparks in the Major Leagues but one of Chicago's most iconic buildings.
Since the construction has been completed a trip to Wrigley is an even better experience. From concerts to other sporting events inside the venue, Wrigley Field has also made room for Christkindlmarket outside the park in December.
So why haven't the Cubs received the nod from Major League Baseball to host an All-Star Game?
The last time Wrigley Field was the host of the game was way back in 1990.
Stunning that in 34 years, the third biggest market in baseball can't get the game.
I could at least somewhat understand why before the big improvements but why still?
Da Windy City says:
Head of Business Operations for the Cubs Craine Kenney, says MLB is requiring them to install bollards around the exterior of the Friendly Confines as a precaution to stop traffic and any possible 'risks of terrorism through automobile.'
Clueless as usual, I had no idea what a "bollard" is but a quick look at Meriam Webster defined them as "any of a series of short posts set at intervals to delimit an area (such as a traffic island) or to exclude vehicles."
If they are going to get them installed on city streets surrounding Wrigley that's going to be tough to get done, but I have seen bollards that can be raised and lowered.
It's a good idea and with fan safety being at the heart of the reason I'm for the move too. Let's get it done, Cubs, and at the same time get the All-Star Game back to Wrigley Field.
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