It appears Wrigley Field's long-awaited upgrades may be hitting some political snags in this 2012 election cycle when word came out that Chicago Cubs owner considered donating $10 million dollars to President Obama's opponent. The rumor didn't please former Chief of Staff under Obama and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the president's friend and former chief of staff, has since refused negotiate financing or even take phone calls from the Cubs chairman. A best-selling author took to the Internet to vow never to step foot in Wrigley again.
Now fans are left wondering if the complicated financial deals and presidential politics mean the team's owners will have to put more money into the stadium, and less into building a winning team.
So if Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade and head of the Cubs-owning Ricketts family, were to donate to the Obama campaign... one can only assume Rahm would be quick to take that call.
But in a city like Chicago, the president's hometown, such pleas appear to be going nowhere. One of the black aldermen, Howard Brookins, told the AP that the Ricketts should have expected such "blowback."
"Especially with someone with the reputation of Rahm Emanuel, who punishes people who are his political enemies," Brookins said. "I don't know how you think you can get away with that."
This isn't the first time the Cubs have experienced petty grievances from the left. They had a big target on their back when they converted Wrigley into a football field and brought in a non-Union turf company that specialized in professional and collegiate sports turf, then returned it to it's improved state. Since then the Cubs organization has been looked down upon by Democrats and Big Labor proponents like Emanuel.