I have to admit something.
Remember the other week when we all heard that 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney suggested that the Ricketts put a jumbotron in Wrigley Field as big as they want?
(The original story was about replacing The Scoreboard in center field, so naturally we were all outraged.)
Well, I got a number of messages from angry Cub fans asking that I do a post on this subject.
And I did.
I worked myself into a frenzy of anger and then...as I got close to finishing it, I...well I couldn't help but think how awesome it would be.
Some time in the early '90s, I had these really great seats second row behind the Cubs' dugout. And it was a beautiful day, and the game hadn't started yet, and for the first time in my life I brought a transistor with me.
And an older guy sitting in the front row who was there with all his friends, this guy looks at me and then says to his friends, "Jesus Christ are you kiddin' me? Here we are in the front row and I gotta listen to a stupid radio because SOMEbody can't follow the game."
And it totally threw me.
Instead of saying something equally rude back, my brain swirled with uncertainty.
I mean, I'd come to Wrigley a million times, I'd NEVER heard it was uncool to bring a radio.
So I sort of slowly turned it down and eventually...off.
Never brought one again, but I can't tell you how many times I wish that I had.
Or could see a replay.
Or know more about some Royal who just hit a homer.
Maybe more than any other sport, baseball (and the way people enjoy baseball) is evolving.
There is so much more information about each player, so many different angles that play into how you think about situations.
I am really excited about electronics at Wrigley.
Throw rocks at me if you want.
It doesn't mean they have to make it a video game experience.
I don't need loud music or someone to tell me when to clap.
But a jumbotron?
Look at that little photoshop job.
We'd all have a more informed game experience while advertisers gave money to the Ricketts for players.
Okay, here's the disclaimer - I have NO IDEA what they're actually planning. I've only heard that there will be some kind of scoreboard in left. I have NO IDEA who would actually advertise on the scoreboard either, I just like WGN and enjoy the occasional frosty cold Red Stripe Tall Boy at Wrigley. And if you look close, the stats for Rizzo are from last year (I expect them to be better this year).
And now...IT'S OPENING DAY!
One more thing...
Our favorite team got swept by the Braves.
What does it mean?
I think it means that the Pirates must be horrible.