Hey fellow Cubbie fan's. It's really been a bummer of a season hasn't it? It really has. For me, and I'm assuming countless many others, it hasn't been just the sub-.500 record and total lack of hitting, Z's blowup... For me, the one thing that has always made every baseball season great was watching the Cubbie's on WGN. That is HOW I became a Cubbie's fan. As it was for many, if not most, Cub's fan's. And now, that's all changed. The Cub's used to have TONS of games on WGN. Not anymore.
I live in the Grand Rapids, MI area (where there is LOTS of Cubbie fan's) and was born in Detroit and am a lifelong Tiger's fan. So I'm lucky. We have Fox Sports Detroit, which is an awesome network and broadcast pretty much every game all season long. But... I have been a Cub's fan since 1982. And over the years have watched thousands of games on WGN. On basic cable. And now, it's all different. 60 games this season on WGN. That's IT?? Not sure if it's true or not but it sure seems like there is less afternoon games at Wrigley too. Being self-employed much of the past 15 years, I was lucky enough to watch lots of Cub's games.
Now after the Ricketts took over... games on WGN are being phased out. Of course the Cub's are not owned by The Trib/WGN anymore and are being shown on a network owned by the Cub's and the Ricketts. Great. And another thing-is anyone else dealing with this??- I have Direct TV-several hundred channels. And you have to pay EXTRA to get WGN?? Are you kidding me?? WGN used to be the most basic of cable. If you stayed at a hotel and they had like 10 channels, WGN was one of them.
WGN does such a fantastic job of broadcasting the Cub's. Always have. It makes it feel like BEING at the Wrigley. A few years ago (2007) I was dating a girl from Chi-town. I made it to 12-15 games at Wrigley. Man! Was that was great! But alas, the relationship didn't last. And now, like for many others, money is much tighter, can't afford to afford to be in Chicago half or more of the time, don't have a free place to stay in Chicago... So.. don't get to hang at Wrigley Field anymore. But I still love the Cubbie's and want to stay connected as do many, many other's throughout the country. And all the Cubbie games on WGN DID that.
It's been a horribly frustrating season. But through more than 25 seasons-good and bad- I always watched lots of Cub's games on WGN. And the new Cub's ownership better realize the reason that they HAVE the huge nationwide/worldwide fan base they do is BECAUSE of people watching them on WGN for so many, many years. Yes, there is many more options now and access to way more teams than there was through the 1980's and 90's but if you want there to be a next generation (and more) of Cub's fans...
One more thing... This is my first post on BCB. I miss spending lots of time in Chicago. I know that there are many Cub's fans in the same spot. WANT to be there-in Chicago-at Wrigley... but live somewhere esle far away from Chicago. I have 2 books that bring it as close to it as you can be. Wrigleyworld by Kevin Kaduk and Cub's Forever published by WGN. If you really need something to help you stay connected.... Strongly reccomend those 2 books. Either way- Go Cub's Go! Can't wait to sit in the stands and sing it again and watch the W' flag get hoisted up.