Originally written on World Series Dreaming  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Despite the angst of the fan base over the city of Chicago and the neighbors in Wrigleyville not being flexible in allowing the Ricketts Family to renovate their ballpark, I hold to the opinion that they won’t leave Wrigley Field to set up a new ballpark elsewhere.  There have been countless stories written about the continued struggle between the Cubs and their local alderman, who is still hoping to negotiate for bribes/concessions.  Today, the lovely @CeeAngi shared a story on Twitter via the Tribune that is amazingly not behind a paywall. As the owners of the Chicago Cubs push to quickly wrap up a Wrigley Field rehab deal, the stadium’s neighbors are calling for a slow down of the negotiations. It’s been slowed down for years.  What more could they possibly want?  More concrete falling on fans?  More leverage by the Ricketts Family to say, “You know what?  Screw you guys, take this empty husk of a stadium as your local museum and we’ll just go play somewhere else”?  I doubt that they can actually move out, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Ricketts decide to reverse their stance on being a good neighbor if their own neighbors aren’t pulling their weight. In an interview Thursday, DeMille said he was pleased a deal was not struck by early February, as city officials had hoped. But he remains worried that neighbors won’t have their concerns about parking, traffic and public safety addressed if an agreement is reached soon, DeMille said. It’s as if the neighbors forgot that they were living in an area next to a major league stadium.   @ceeangi The real estate agent forgot to tell them about that. — Rice Cube (@CubicSnarkonia) March 15, 2013 It’s an extremely frustrating situation for the Cubs to find themselves in.  The neighbors are complaining about noise and traffic after either being oblivious to the fact that they’re next to Wrigley Field, or otherwise being assclowns.  The city is spinning its wheels trying to grab some of the Ricketts’ money (I assume if all that money is now going into renovations and not towards random city taxes, that means less kickbacks).  There are lots of disadvantages that the Cubs will have to overcome if they want to remain a good neighbor.  At this point, the Cubs are Ned Flanders and the neighbors are Homer Simpson, borrowing all of Ned’s tools and appliances and never returning them.  You know there’s a problem when the spring training facility is going to be nicer than the actual MLB park. I do wonder, and I hope some of you are lawyers or know about this stuff, whether it’d be to the Cubs’ best interest to just start building and tell everyone else to go to hell.  How much can they be fined for not having the proper permits?  How much can they possibly be sued for when they start blocking the rooftop views?  I don’t know these answers, but letting the facility fall into worse disrepair while everyone else twiddles their thumbs is definitely not the answer.
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