Wrigley Field… 100 years, huh? Well, happy birthday. By the way, how many of those 100 years have actually been happy? If simply existing for that long is worth celebrating, then go crazy. Good luck finding anything else to get excited about. The Cubs have been outplayed by low budget expansion franchises like the Marlins and Diamondbacks , who have a combined 3 World Series titles in less than a fifth of the time span since the Cubs last won ONE! That was 1908. Not that Wrigley Field should be part of THAT discussion. It didn’t even exist then. And neither did virtually anyone else currently alive on the face of the Earth. At Wrigley, it’s been 100 years of players playing in front of fans - only about half of whom care about what’s happening on the field. The rest treat Wrigley like a matinee night club, where they can drink, carouse, and “be seen”… Whatever that means… Their teams have rarely been good enough to be more than a mere circus side show. We’d love to call them the Susan Lucci of sports, except we can’t. She actually WON finally! Heck, the Cubs managed to woo a bright, young General Manager – Theo Epstein – who led the Red Sox of all teams to 2 World Series titles. Now, he may as well have entered the witness protection program. You want real baseball in Chicago? Try the South Side of town. Because at Wrigley Field, it just isn’t meant to be.
Tom James is a 2-time Edward R. Murrow Award-winning sportscaster, who does play-by-play & studio work for the ESPN Family of Networks (including ESPN Wide World of Sports, ESPN3, college football, basketball, & a wide array of other sports), CBS Sports Network, Lax Sports Network, & Pro Watercross. Tom also hosts and produces sports documentaries & is part of the weekly regionally syndicated college football radio show, "Southern Pigskin Tonight."