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Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:37 am
 


By Matt Snyder


In your best "Soup Nazi" voice, let's hear it: No ivy for you!

Yes, a 24-year-old man was arrested in Chicago on New Year's Day for trying to steal some ivy off the outfield wall in Wrigley Field (CBS Chicago). That's a no-no. For two reasons.

First of all, the man had to break into Wrigley Field and tresspass to get a piece of the ivy. He reportedly did so by working his way through a construction area about 7:30 a.m. on the 1000 block of Clark Street (which runs along Wrigley's third-base line). The problem, of course, is he was caught on a security camera. So the theft of the ivy would not stand.

Secondly, even if you purchase a ticket and attend a game, the Cubs do not allow fans to take a piece of historic ivy. I've personally witnessed fans from the bleachers reach over and grab some ivy, only to have it snatched away by the usher almost immediately. That is if they even get far enough down to reach the ivy. It makes sense. If you allow fans to just reach over and tear off ivy, where does it end? It's the slippery slope theory.

But in this case, the dude trespassed. He's been charged with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor. I'm sure it was worth it, though, just to try and get a vine of ivy.

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Comments

Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:11 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

Thanks dk. I'll keep my eyes open.Wink



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:29 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

It's not Ernie he should be worried about...he's lucky the Andy Frains didn't catch him. They would throw you down, punch you a couple times and then look to make sure they had the right guy.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:04 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

Hey SocalSFfan! Bro, I wouldn't admit to your wrongdoings in '95 @ Wrigley. Cub fans are always looking for some poor scapegoat to blame for the team sucking every year and will spare no lengths to track you down. My Windy City sources inform me that Ernie Banks is rounding up a posse to find you in California and extradite you back to Chicago. So far, Mr. Cub has found Steve Bartman, Fergie Jenkins, Mark Grace , and an old billy goat to join him on his quest to locate your sorry butt out west. Rumors persist that you will be forced to attend every Cub home game in 2012 as your punishment.



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:49 am
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

In October of 1995 I was in Chicago for a family wedding. We did a city tour and as we walked around Wrigley the gate in the right field corner was open so my brother-in-law and I walked in and took a few pictures. I then grabbed a few leaves of ivy to take home to my Dad who was a huge Cubs fan. I hope the Statute of Limitations has expired.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:38 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

At least it wasn't Harvey Updike.



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:13 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

The Cubs should root cuttings from the ivy and sell them in small pots to fans during the season as souvenirs.





Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:05 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

Trust passing? Dude...are you more drunk than Snyder is? No one can steal ivy from Wrigley Field. Plants DO grow back! This another typical non-story by cbssport's lowly interns/new-hires.

 



Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:09 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

The bottom line here is that he was trust passing. He can try and do hat at a game or like someone else said, go to home depot!



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:01 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

Sam Hurd?



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

It's been a few years since I was in the front row there, but I'd guess it's like 3.5 feet down? Maybe just three? You can reach the ivy, but it takes some doing. That's why the ushers always catch it.

- Matt


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