Chicago Cubs: “Saving Wrigley Field” was a victory lap for Tom Ricketts

Thomas Erbe
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After two weeks of procrastination and wavering feelings of if I really wanted to watch this or not, I decided to pop some corn, sit back, and watch the Saving Wrigley Field  documentary the Chicago Cubs put out, recapping all the work done to keep Wrigley Field running for the next century of baseball on the North Side.

Although it’s housed on the team’s YouTube channel and Marquee Sports Network, I can’t say it was the Cubs who put it out as much as the Ricketts family probably commanding it be done so people see just how much time, thinking, manpower, and (more importantly) money the owners of the team put into restoring the now federal landmark.

I really want to get into the what the documentary was at face value before I get into what I believe to be the motivations behind its creation.

The scene was set early on, with an entire section dedicated to how dire of straits Wrigley was in prior to the 1060 Project. There were games that needed to be suspended because of power outages. On multiple instances, the stadium had to be cleared because of falling debris around the ballpark. There was even a story recalling a Jimmy Buffett concert where the upper deck could visually be seen shifting back and forth. Imagine the disaster that awaited if something wasn’t done sooner rather than later.

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