Random Musings from Wrigley Field's Upper Deck

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Cubs sell tickets like mad...

Since single-game tickets went on sale yesterday, the Cubs have sold a huge number of tickets. According to the Tribune, they sold 1.8 million tickets through season ticket packages. Yesterday alone, according to the same article, the team sold 500,000 tickets. This is huge. Over 81 home games, assuming a sellout crowd of 39,241, the Cubs single-season capacity is 3,178,521. This means that, just with yesterday's tickets and the season tickets sold before, the team has sold over 72% of its available tickets.

As of right now, there are only 26 home games that still have any tickets at all available. Of those 26 games, only one falls on a weekend: Sunday, April 18. Only 6 are night games, and all 6 of those are in September. At this rate, the Cubs are set to sell out the season, potentially even before opening day.

In other news, the official site is reporting that Derrek Lee has been signed to a three-year contract, but there are no details and no other media outlet has yet reported the deal.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

For those of you who want to see a picture of the "Bartman Ball" exploding, here it is:

Now, can we please drop the subject? Not that there isn't or wasn't a curse, but we've done all we can to exorcise those demons, we've got a great team, and we should be in for a pretty good year.
Kudos to Turk Wendell for saying what everyone knows is true. With the Rockies facing the Giants pretty often this year, Turk is probably going to pay for his comments one way or another. Still, you've got to admire the guy for speaking his mind when everyone else just wants to bury their heads in the sand. For his BS-cutting performance, eccentric reliever Turk Wendell is my inaugural player of the week. (Legal note: sportswriters are legally required in any story mentioning Turk Wendell to refer to him at least once as "eccentric.")

Thursday, February 19, 2004

After getting lost on their way to practice, Greg Maddux, Kerry Wood, and Mark Prior try to figure out how to get to Fitch Park:

Seriously, though, this is a beautiful sight.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

I've been remiss in welcoming the Rooftop Report to our online community. Please check it out if you haven't already done so. The main page is here, and there is a Cubs-only page here.
A few details have emerged about Maddux's contract...

Looks like the Professor will get $6 million this year and $9 million next year (although some media sources are reporting a straight $7.5 million for each of the two years). The third year of the contract is worth $9 million, and that option will be picked up as long as Greg pitches a total of 400 innings during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Update: ESPN is now reporting details for the rumored Greg Maddux deal: $24 million for three years, no specifics as to how much is guaranteed and how much rests on incentives. The per-year amount and the length of the deal are both greater than was originally reported, but $8 million per year is close enough to Hendry's reported $7 to $7.5 million to sound right. This also allows Maddux to save some face by making more than half of his $14.75 million 2003 salary.
Maddux actually coming to Chicago?

Several reports online now flat-out state that Greg Maddux will be among the Cubs' pitchers and catchers to report to Fitch Park tomorrow for the start of Spring Training. The scoop (if the story is true and not just another rumor) appears to have been made by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. The story was also picked up by the Houston Chronicle and USA Today.

Strengthening the Cubs' chances is the fact that Brian Cashman's denial that the Yankees were interested in Maddux was backed up today by George Steinbrenner himself.

This all is tempered a bit by the fact that the Official Site still says that it is uncertain whether Maddux will join the Cubs.

Hopefully, this whole story will be behind us soon, one way or the other.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

High school students win math contest with paper on major-league ballparks...

Students from my alma mater have achieved the highest possible rating in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling, focusing their efforts on the dimensions of major league stadiums. Their paper will be published this year in the bulletin of the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications. The problem can be found here.

Congratulations to the team.

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Congrats to the Patriots for winning a great football game...

The Super Bowl is very often a boring blowout of a game, but this year, with a very close 32-29 score, the game was actually as compelling as the commercials.

Speaking of commercials, my favorites, in no particular order, were:
- The Budweiser ad featuring a donkey who wants to be a Clydesdale.
- The Jimi Hendrix Pepsi ad.
- The Homer Simpson Mastercard ad.
- The Staples commercial with the mafioso supply room guy.

Just off the top of my head, I'd probably pick the Staples ad as my favorite of the four. What does everyone else think?

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