Steve Stone checks in on SportsTalk Live to discuss Tom Ricketts comments about the Cubs possibly moving out of Wrigley Field - 5/2
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Tom -- -- the city club of Chicago yesterday. Any said for the first time. If we don't get the -- are off B -- we will have to look at playing somewhere else. What is your take on what he said yesterday. As it relates to Wrigley Field the renovations all of it. David as a businessman. I feel that you need all the revenue as you can possibly get. And -- sure if you need a 6000 foot scoreboard. I'm not sure if you can make it a little shorter and a little longer. But it's three times the size of the center field scoreboard which has been up there is you know for a long long time when you started television. But so. I guess it comes down to how many rooftops are you going to interfere with. And the fact that you did -- a twenty year deal which apparently is just binding on the rooftop owners but. From Tom standpoint he wants to maximize his investment he is gonna put 500 million dollars in does renovation. Which goings it's gonna bring Wrigley Field into. The modern era of baseball and the facilities -- going to be terrific. And the facilities can be terrific the question is that scoreboard. Can you really do the same thing you want to do. And have a little bit smaller scoreboard make it 4000 square feet I don't know exactly but I do know that. I told you before David there's a deal to be there it doesn't involve the Cubs moving any place that they would be a gigantic mistake to move them. And I think in his heart of hearts Tom rickets who loves Wrigley Field he loves everything that is Cubs but I think he feels that. He's gonna use as much leverage as he can because this is a business negotiation and in a negotiation. You use all the leverage you can use and the big hammer. Is worth leaving Wrigley Field and moving to the suburbs some place so if that's the case well that'll be the case but I think they'll be. A whole neighborhood a lot of Cubs fans. A lot poorer for the loss of Wrigley Field and I just don't think it's gonna happen. So it started appreciate the knowledge help you got out to the senior special for dinner before the -- game. -- three for one David you can't beat it closely when he did back. -- there is the one only Steve's going to catch him and hawk on the broadcast tonight on CSN. Plus right you played for the green that they -- to play like sixteen teams in the NF not a power or. You played for the Packers team at the time you were there Lambeau was what. Was old beat up there was there was like Wrigley you know just starting to be renovated -- -- rules we have those in the destined to slide into in high school. And -- as an offense or defense a plumber to figure out one of us as a stand up the desk to walk with a desk have to okay low ceilings and all the weight room all the locker room. The facilities more up to par. And what I loved about it though is they have these old concrete steps you walk down the stadium because of the same steps that Paul -- walked out. Reggie White walked out. But I love the new weight room a lot more than lecture the new training room the new facilities and a lot of talk about athletes. Being babies here I'm talking like getting the right treatment giving the right strength and conditioning you need all that as a pro athlete. I think it helps Green Bay in free agency Helton -- got to control platoon leader in free agency -- could shown these facilities and look we don't. I also played in Philadelphia when they had the old vet. And our producer -- Columbus. -- two guys who locker. Very small -- and I broke my foot stepping of one of those seams in the field turf field based past. And it took forever get an X -- you know the Sixers built probably in the fifties. In the resort really -- the troops this kind of stuck me in the closet with -- -- in my -- you sort of put any. You need modern facilities if -- the Cubs if they wanna get free agent how would be ought to bring menacing him look at these new occasion to go to the clubhouse. The curly -- and review your banged up you put a 160 games you're an everyday player we could take care of you here right now is not good enough from the scoreboard. Just get rid of it. Put a new -- and -- make a local landmarks. -- particular three years together relatives that to tell you deal with a broken foot your Redskins have to think that but. Toronto when that -- if you're going to Lambeau Field right now it is absolutely gorgeous the facilities are are perfect they got pretty were pools. The Sauna hot hot tub the cold does -- need all that stuff as a player. And needs to be perfect and upset NFL standards to the Cubs have to -- for us.