In Wrigleyville, It’s Time For The Drama To Strike Out

Today’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) There was no joy in Wrigleyville on Wednesday night.

No game, either.

But there was plenty of drama in the neighborhood. Isn’t there always these days? Unfortunately for Cubs fans, though, none of it seems to happen on the field anymore.

Just after 8 p.m. last night, I went for a jog around Wrigley Field. The Cubs’ series finale against the Brewers had been postponed, reportedly because of the “rain and cold.” Yet, there wasn’t a hint of rain in the neighborhood and it really wasn’t that terribly cold (41 degrees), or even windy.

I’ve probably been to 20 Cubs games myself that were played in far worse conditions. But, nevertheless, the ballpark stood dark –although many of the rooftops along Sheffield Avenue across the street were lit up brightly. The sign outside Murphy’s Bleachers read, “The Game Is Off, But The Party Is Still On.”

This was all because Wednesday was intended to be “Wrigleyville Neighbors Appreciation Night,” an event hosted by the rooftop owners who are caught up in a high-profile turf war with the Chicago Cubs over outfield signage inside the ballpark.

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