The Cubs put on a full-court press Saturday, revealing their renovation plans at the team's convention with a slideshow and presentations from representatives of the marketing, baseball and business departments.
Now the ball is in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's court. The Cubs have spoken to Emanuel's representatives, and business President Crane Kenney said he believes he'll be amenable to the new proposal.
"The mayor has been terrific in our conversations about understanding what's at stake here," Kenney said. "He appreciates as much as anyone, given we were in his (congressional) district, how important Wrigley Field is. He wants to protect the taxpayers. We understand that."
Here's a rundown of some renovation-related issues:
Cubs clubhouse: Kenney said the home clubhouse would be the top priority in the first season of the rebuild. General manager Jed Hoyer compared it to a Double-A clubhouse the first time he visited. "It was eye-opening, to say the least," he said. Why do the Cubs players need a cushier clubhouse? "We're paying them a lot of money to preserve their bodies," Hoyer said. "We're expecting them to go out and entertain us every single night over the course of the summer. This is the way we should treat them — as first-class athletes."
Batting tunnels: The Cubs will have batting cages underneath the park for the first time. Unfortunately for the Cubs, an artist's rendering of the cages had home plate facing the wrong way.
Signage: The Cubs did not say where they would like to place signs, but the outfield is the most lucrative spot in terms of revenue. Purists might complain that more ad signage mars the vista, though the real complaints could come from rooftop owners whose views might be blocked by a large sign, like the Toyota sign in left field.
Patio areas: After creating a premium-priced patio section in the right-field bleachers last year, the Cubs plan to create a similar patio in left field, left of the foul pole.
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