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The Cubs have told season-ticket waiting list members that they can buy certain 2021 tickets

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As always, there’s a catch.

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The photo above is of Wrigley Field, filled with fans. It was taken July 21, 2019.

Someday, hopefully soon, we’ll be able to see the ballpark like that again.

The Cubs today sent people on the season-ticket waiting list an email regarding their status on ticket-buying. Included in that email was this:

However, you still have the opportunity to experience and enjoy Cubs baseball at Wrigley Field in 2021. Season tickets with premier club access, group rental spaces and Wrigley Rooftops tickets are currently available for the upcoming season. Please complete the following form if you’re interested in connecting with a Cubs representative to learn more about ticket opportunities available to you in 2021.

There’s a link included, below that paragraph, for people to click if they are interested.

The tickets mentioned include some of the most expensive parts of Wrigley Field, the premier clubs. Nowhere does it say that this will guarantee anyone will go to games at Wrigley Field in 2021, or how that might be arranged. The email also says:

Rest assured, for the 2021 regular season, if any games you purchase a ticket for are impacted due to COVID-19 (i.e., canceled, postponed or have restricted capacity that prevents the use of your seat), you’ll have the option to receive a credit or refund as part of our Cubs Guarantee.

This is the same paragraph that has been included in emails to actual season-ticket holders (I’ve received it myself). Of course, they’d have to credit or refund any money spent for games that aren’t played.

As I noted here earlier Tuesday, Commissioner Rob Manfred’s office has issued a memo to teams telling them to prepare for an on-time start to the 2021 season and for it to have the full complement of 162 games.

There’s a group of MLB owners who want that full season, but perhaps in a different form, per Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic:

The idea is this: Start spring training in April and the regular season in May and play a normal, 162-game schedule that extends through October. The postseason would take place in November at warm-weather neutral sites, just as the final three rounds did last season.

As reported last week, the problem with such a plan is that television networks want their sports partners to resume their normal schedules, which for MLB would mean concluding the World Series on Fox by Nov. 1. Viewership numbers, ad sales and sponsorships all were affected by altered and overlapping sports schedules in 2020.

Still, as the virus continues to rage and vaccines roll out slowly, a number of people in the game remain skeptical that spring training will begin in a little more than a month. MLB’s position remains unchanged: Start on schedule unless state or federal government agencies require that plan to change.

To me, the later start would make more sense. Not only would it allow more time for vaccine distribution and the possibility that more games could have fans in attendance, but it would also eliminate the bad weather in most of the USA during April, which often forces postponements.

I understand the league’s issue with its TV partners, but perhaps a one-off season could be had for 2021 only, where everything gets pushed back a month. It’s a good idea.

“As always, we await developments.”