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The Cubs join the 10,000 loss club

With Sunday’s 5-2 victory, the Braves wrapped up a series sweep over the Cubs. The Cubs fell to 12-24, 10.5 games out of first place, dead last in the NL Central. But the embarrassment didn’t end there.

Sunday’s loss marked the 10,000th in club history for the Cubs, joining only the Phillies (10,480) and Braves (10,176) in the five-figure gang. The Cubs got there a bit sooner than they would have liked, having won games at a meager .417 clip since the start of the 2010 season.

The Pirates will become the next team to join the ignominious club with 55 more losses. And unless the Reds lose 142 games between Tuesday and the end of the 2015 season, the club won’t see a fifth member until 2016.

The list:

  • Phillies: 10,480 losses (.473 winning percentage)
  • Braves: 10,176 (.502)
  • Cubs: 10,000 (.511)
  • Pirates: 9,945 (.503)
  • Reds: 9,858 (.508)

Related: Things that have happened since the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series

$500 Million Wrigley Stadium Renovation Plan

I know all of us are thinking of other things today but myself hitting refresh doesn’t help anything and depresses me.  In case you are the same way, here are the details of the $500 million Wrigley Field renovation plan.

The Chicago Cubs and the city have agreed on details of a $500 million facelift for Wrigley Field, including an electronic video screen that is nearly three times as large as the one currently atop the centerfield bleachers of the 99-year-old ballpark.

Under terms of the agreement, the Cubs would also be able to increase the number of night games at Wrigley Field from 30 to 40 – or nearly half the games played there each season. They would give Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts the ability to renovate the second-oldest park in the major leagues, boost business and perhaps make baseball’s most infamous losers competitive again.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hailed what the two sides called a ”framework” agreement in a joint statement issued Sunday night, noting that it includes no taxpayer funding. That had been one of the original requests of the Ricketts family in a long-running renovation dispute that at times involved everything from cranky ballpark neighbors to ward politics and even the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama.

”This framework allows the Cubs to restore the Friendly Confines (of Wrigley) and pursue their economic goals, while respecting the rights and quality of life of its neighbors,” Emanuel said.

Still uncertain was how the agreement will sit with owners of nearby buildings who provide rooftop views of the ball games under an agreement with the Cubs that goes back years. They have threatened to sue if the renovations obstruct their view, which they claim would drive them out of business.

On Monday, a spokesman for the rooftop owners said the group would have a statement later, but in the meantime referred the AP to the group’s statement released earlier this month that says: ”Any construction that interrupts the rooftop views will effectually drive them out of business and be challenged in a court of law.”

The Cubs said the video screen they are proposing to build is 6,000 square feet, and would be built with ”minimal impact on rooftops with whom (the) Cubs have an agreement.” The current centerfield scoreboard is slightly more than 2,000 square feet; the Cubs also have plans to add a left-field sign of 1,000 square feet.

The Chicago Tribune has more details on how $500 million will be spent.

The Ricketts family, plans to spend $300 million in the stadium and another $200 million developing a hotel and office building on adjacent property. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in a news release Sunday, hailed that the Cubs will restore Wrigley without taxpayer dollars.

The city will vacate sidewalk and one street lane on Waveland Avenue and sidewalk on Sheffield Avenue, which according to the Ricketts’ proposal would be at no cost to the Cubs. The Cubs sought to expand the footprint of Wrigley as much as 10 feet outward to mitigate the effect of a giant video scoreboard in left field and see-through-sign in right on rooftop clubs overlooking the stadium.

The team also plans to construct a pedestrian bridge over Clark Street without having to purchase air rights from the city. The bridge would have a “Welcome to Wrigleyville” sign.

The city also agreed to support the Cubs’ application to change its property tax status to reflect the private funding of the restoration of a designated landmark.

In return, the team is offering to make investments in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. Among them, it plans to:

– Contribute $3.75 million between 2014 and 2023 to Wrigleyville infrastructure projects and investments.

– Contribute $1 million to build a play lot on School Street.

– Pay for 10 of the 30 additional public safety personnel that will be stationed outside Wrigley after games.

The Cubs released additional details about signage in their proposal to the city:

– It plans an LED “ribbon board” along the upper deck grandstand, a new fan deck in left field and a new signs on the wall in right field and behind home plate.

– Also planned are signs on the new two-story Captain Morgan Club on Addison Street

– And 35,000 square feet of advertising outside the ballpark between the hotel, outdoor plaza and Captain Morgan Club.

Of course at the end of the day and after everything has been built, Chicago baseball fans will have a great stadium that is still home to a cursed baseball team, the Cubs.

NFL Vacation

I am trying to figure out which city I should go to and take in an NFL game next year.  Here are my requirements:

  • The game can’t have Brett Favre playing in it.
  • I want to see either a baseball game in it or a NCAA football game the same weekend.
  • It needs to be within a 24 hour drive.

Denver Broncos LogoSaskatoon to Denver

Pros

  • It’s Mecca as far as I am concerned.  I live and die for the Denver Broncos.

Cons

  • I have no desire to see the Colorado Rockies play.
  • Again, not sure if I want to see the University of Colorado play a Pac-10 matchup.
  • That doesn’t look like a fun drive through Wyoming and I doubt Dick Cheney would let me crash at his place after some of the things that I have written about him here.

Minnesota Vikings LogoSaskatoon to Minneapolis

Pros

  • Closest game to Saskatoon. 
  • Mark can stop in Winnipeg and pee on Canad Inns Stadium on the way by again.
  • Can see the Minnesota Twins play in their new park.
  • Mall of America.
  • I do like Minneapolis

Cons

  • Domed stadium.
  • I really don’t like the Vikings.
  • Brett Favre could send me a crude txt message.
  • Mall of America is not that much different than West Edmonton Mall.
  • I would feel bad driving to Minneapolis and not going to Solomon’s Porch because I was heading to a football game.

Seattle Seahawks LogoSaskatoon to Seattle

Pros

  • It’s Seattle
  • Pike’s Market
  • EMP
  • I could take in a University of Washington game
  • I can taunt them for drafting Brian Bosworth
  • I may be able to talk Don Crawford into driving down and watching the game with us.
  • We could stop in Calgary and I can have breakfast with Dave King.

Cons

  • I lost so much respect for Pete Carroll after what happened at USC.  It would bug me to support his salary with a game ticket.
  • What if they wear their horrific third jersey’s.

Chicago Bears logoSaskatoon to Chicago

Pros

  • Soldier Field.
  • Navy Pier.
  • Sears (or whatever it is called now) Tower.
  • Wouldn’t mind seeing the Cubs, White Sox, or Northwestern play.

Cons

  • Jay Cutler
  • Mike Martz
  • Bears fans in general are not the most enlightened.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

20 Things That Have Happened Since The Chicago Cubs Last Won The World Series

  1. Chicago Cubs Logo Radio was invented; Cub fans got to hear their team lose.
  2. TV was invented; Cub fans got to see their team lose.
  3. Baseball added 14 teams; Cub fans got to see AND hear their team lose to more teams.
  4. George Burns celebrated his 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th and 100th birthdays.
  5. Haley’s Comet passed Earth… twice.
  6. Harry Caray was born… and died. Incredible, but true.
  7. The NBA, NHL and NFL were formed, and Chicago teams won championships in each league.
  8. Man landed on the moon, as have several home runs given up by Cubs pitchers.
  9. Sixteen US presidents were elected.
  10. There were 11 amendments added to the Constitution.
  11. Prohibition was created, and repealed.
  12. The Titanic was built, set sail, sank, was discovered, and became the subject of major motion pictures… the latter giving Cub fans hope that something that finishes on the bottom can come out on top.
  13. Wrigley Field was built and becomes the oldest park in the National League.
  14. Flag poles were erected on Wrigley Field roof to hold all of the team’s future World Series pennants. Those flag poles have since rusted and been taken down.
  15. A combination of 40 summer & winter Olympics have been held.
  16. Thirteen baseball players have won the Triple Crown; several thanked Cubs pitchers.
  17. Bell bottoms came in style, went out of style, and came back in style.
  18. The Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Florida Marlins have ALL won the World Series. 
  19. The Cubs played 14,153 regular-season games; they lost the majority of them.
  20. Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Oklahoma, and New Mexico were added to the Union.