You Can Scratch Wrigley Field Turf Off Your Christmas Wish List
Normally, when the season is over, the Chicago Cubs make 18 inch squares of the infield and outfield turf available to fans on a first-come-first-serve basis. I say "normally" because the 2016 Chicago Cubs season was anything but normal.
Last year, when the Cubs made the turf available to fans, they ran out of turf squares within three hours. You'd figure that a season that ended a 108 year waiting period for a World Series title would see those turf squares snagged up in about 15 minutes. Which, I'm sure would have happened...if the Cubs hadn't torn up and removed the entire field, including the sod.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Cubs spokesman Julian Green had said before the World Series that the team “very likely” would put out 18-inch squares of the infield and outfield turf for fans to take on a first-come, first-served basis after the season ended, as it’s done after past seasons. But Green said Monday: “Sod and entire field is gone. We did not make it available for fans and public. Needed to get into full-blown construction mode.” The team tore up the field so it could begin work on a new, underground club that will be open to fans with “premier experience” tickets.
What's it like to be in charge of groundskeeping at Wrigley Field? It's a bit tougher than handling your own yard, I'm thinking: