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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: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:22 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

So the ushers snatch away any ivy that the bleacher fans manage to snatch, eth? Gee, you'd think they'd be glad someone's doing free trimming for them! How much do they pay the grounds crew to spend time on that? Just think how much money they could save and apply toward player salaries! Maybe this expenditure is the crucial difference between winning the World Series and not! (Someone should research this topic . . .) Besides, how far down the wall can the fan reach with that "basket" in front of him? Wouldn't he have to be either a contortionist or eight feet tall? Seems to me fans should be entitled to any ivy that has the temerity to reach higher than the basket--sort of like they're entitled to home run balls, no? Besides, wouldn't that make the umpires' jobs easier (since their vision will no longer be blocked by as much pesky green stuff) and eliminate the need for some of those silly video replays?

Of course, being a Phillies Phan, I'm no expert on Wrigley Field topography, but I was there once and my brother is a Cubs fan, so I think that gives me some privilege to address this earth-shaking matter.




Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:07 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

I'm guessing a lot. Note it was 7:30 a.m. on New Year's Day ....

- Matt



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:03 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

The real question is how much alcohol did this fool consume to attempt this genius move. Dude, just go down to the garden section of Home Depot and purchase a few feet of ivy for $6.95 a foot and tell all your pals it's from Wrigley. I'm sure your friends are as stupid or as drunk as you and won't know the difference.


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Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:05 pm
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Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

Thank you, CapsFan1977.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:58 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

So, the guy loves the Cubs and tried to get a souvenir of his beloved Wrigley Field.  I have no problem with this.  The Cubs should be thankful to have fans like him.  Cub fans have put up with so much heartbreak for so long that the management should give this guy a break, even if he is too young to remember some of the more galling collapses in Cub history.  
 
This should be pled down so that it isn't a misdemeanor.  Giving this kid a criminal record for being a baseball fan who got a little carried away is against everything marketers tell fans sports is all about.  





Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:48 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

Steal ivy / sell weed... doesn't sound alike to me..lol



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:44 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

How is that worth it, as the article says?

Someone doesn't get sarcasm apparently.



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

When I saw the headline, I thought for sure it was Zambrano trying to sell some weed. Huh, Zambrano is older than 24, right?




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:28 pm
 

Man arrested after trying to steal Wrigley ivy

What a bonehead.  How is that worth it, as the article says?  Unless of course, we assume that such a bonehead has done a bunch of dumb stuff before and a misdemeanor is nothing to him.  I don't understand crimes like this.  If you steal a loaf of bread becuase you are starving, it is still stealing, but at least I can understand your motivation.  This is just stupid and I hope they throw the book at this doofus. 



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