Wrigley Field was originally used as the home of the Federal League's Chicago Whales in the 1914 and 1915 seasons, which were the only years the Federal League existed. It was originally named Weeghman Park after the owner the Chicago Whales, Charles Weeghman. After the collapse of the Federal League, Weeghman bought a large controlling interest in the Chicago Cubs of the National League. The Cubs moved from West Side Park to Weeghman Park starting with the 1916 season. The park was later renamed Cubs Park then Wrigley Field as the Wrigley chewing gum family bought out the team from Weeghman and other owners. The Wrigley Field of early years had little in common with the Wrigley Field of today. The ivy that today grows on the outfield fences was not there yet and there weren't really outfield bleachers as there are today either. Additionally, much of the grandstand had not been built yet as it would be built in stages over the years.
At the point the Cubs moved into the park that would later be known as Wrigley Field, it had been just 8 years since their last World Championship. 93 years later, the Cubs are still waiting to win their first World Championship as occupants of Wrigley Field. They did win a number of pennants their first 30 years in Wrigley Field, but have no even won a pennant (National League title) in 64 years at this point. This is an organization known for boneheaded personnel moves. For example, they traded for sore-armed pitcher Ernie Broglio in exchange for fleet outfielder Lou Brock in midseason 1964. Broglio won just a few games in his career while Brock would play for another 15 seasons and become a stolen base king and make the baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the archrival St. Louis Cardinals. More recently, the Cubs let the outstanding Mark DeRosa go and acquired volatile and relatively useless outfielder Milton Bradley. The rest is history. From the famous curse of the Billy Goat to the infamous "Steve Bartman incident" of 2003, this is a snakebitten franchise that more often than not has struggled to win. Wrigley Field is one of just 2 pre-1960 major league baseball parks still being used (the other is Fenway Park). Wrigley Field is a crumbling structure that requires a tremendous amount of money invested in upkeep just to keep it standing.
The Cubs are now known to have some of the greediest ownership in baseball. This is an organization that SCALPS ITS OWN TICKETS. Tickets in general are overpriced here and concessions and parking are priced astronomically by any measure. The Cubs have generally sold out almost all their games in recent years but as everyone knows the North Side of Chicago is packed to the rafters with ignorant yuppies who know nothing about baseball but who will do anything to be seen by their friends at the ballpark on TV....more often than not they are shown talking to their friends on their cellphones, telling them they are at the ballpark.
The best thing about this stadium is the female eye candy. On a hot day, you will spot countless sexy young ladies wearing next to nothing at Wrigley Field. The quality of baseball played by the Cubs is generally poor and even in the years when they make the playoffs they immediately get swept right out of them. Wrigley Field started having day baseball in 1988, the last major league baseball franchise to start having night games.
In summary, crumbling Wrigley Field is a monument of sorts to the last baseball major league that was neither the American League or National League.....I'm talking of course about the short-lived Federal League. Cubs fans are generally clueless yuppies who are willing to overpay for everything. The stadium definitely needs to be replaced but a stubborn traditionalism keeps it in use. May the Cardinals win another 20 World Championships before the Cubs even make the playoffs again.
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