The Friendly Confines….of Walter E. Smythe Field?!? WTF?!?


Welcome to Walter E. Smythe Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs!

How does that sound to you, Cubs fans? That’s the rumor floating around town. The Score (670 AM) reported this morning that the Tribune Co and WES are working on a deal to rename Wrigley Field “Walter E. Smythe Field”.

What?!?? Huh?!?! Who’s the moron that thought up this deal? You can’t change the name of Wrigley Field. It’d be a slap in the face of tradition. Is nothing sacred these days? Does the Tribune need the money that badly that they’re willing to sell away the Cubs’ main selling point? Cuz it sure isn’t the team that brings the folks in. Everyone knows if it wasn’t for Wrigley, the Cubs mystique would disappear faster than their playoff hopes. Renaming the bleachers to “Bud Light Bleachers” is bad enough. But changing the name of Wrigley….just doesn’t make sense.

And I must admit, while the whole situation makes me ill, the fact that WES is involved makes me want to vomit up the egg/bacon/broccoli omelet I had for breakfast. They have some of the most inane, idiotic commercials I have ever seen. We get it. You’re trying to be cool. It ain’t working. Stick to the furniture.

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6 Comments so far

  1. jmg (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 8:36 am

    You are an April fool a day early

  2. steven (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 8:50 am

    Ha, well I fell for it, shame on me. But what the hell, today isn’t April Fools…

  3. Dave! (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 9:10 am

    That makes me sick to my stomach, too. I can’t believe anyone would be so stupid as to think you could get away with renaming Wrigley Field in this town and not face riots. I mean, c’mon we were upset about Marshall Fields, and that’s a freakin’ department store! I cannot imagine the negative PR fallout a collossally dumbass move like this would create.

  4. Dave! (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 9:11 am


    What? It’s *March 31* not April 1. What gives?

  5. steven (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 10:07 am

    Weak. You can’t do April Fools jokes on March 31. I sure as hell hope it’s a joke…

    You’re right Dave, the PR fallout isn’t worth it. And what’s with WES, having the balls to think they’re worthy enough to have their name on the park? It’s insulting. Bad business decision if you ask me. Every time a Cubs/sports fan has to say “Walter E. Smythe Field”, that’s one more negative thought headed WES’ way.

  6. Bill V (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 1:02 pm

    I can’t wait for the Smothers Brothers-like commercials, they are sure to suck! Though the good that could come of this is obvious, super-comfy custom seats! Oh boy, I say that beats tradition and that crappy gum.

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