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

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Chicago Cubs: No more BP in the clubhouse – and revenue-generating efforts

The documentary covered the two biggest beefs the organization and neighborhood had with each other, the lights and the video boards. It did a really good job of convincing people that A) they did what they needed to do for the good of the stadium and the game and B) proving they did nothing legally wrong.

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They dissected the agreement the Cubs and the rooftop owners had and showed where they were not breaking the agreement by building the jumbotrons because they had approval from the city. If you’ll recall, there was a lawsuit, but eventually it was dropped.

There was a large segment about beefing up the resources and spaces available for the players to come and be better ballplayers. In the documentary, Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein partially credited the World Series championship to the renovations done in the clubhouse and facilities. It lays out, in detail, all the preparation and thought that went into the new and improved player facilities.

This included a bigger clubhouse, round in shape to show how there were no corners and no man more important than the guy next to him. The renovation also brought larger training rooms, an entertainment area and even a soundproof sleeping room. Most improved, they installed an actual batting cage. Theo Epstein himself recalled a time seeing pinch hitters warming up in the locker room with a tee and wood panels covering television screens so they did not break.

The whole idea with the improvements to the players’ amenities was to show current players they would spare no expense to give them the tools needed to succeed, and recruit outside players (free agents) to want to come play here.

Spare no expense. Remember that.