Anthony Rizzo didn’t guarantee a World Series win or say anything else that would immediately go viral.
But a franchise with a sense of momentum got more good news on Thursday when a federal judge rejected the temporary restraining order requested by two rooftop businesses, hoping to slow down the Cubs and their big plans for a renovated Wrigley Field.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall allowed the Cubs to continue construction that’s supposed to put up two video boards and advertising signs across the outfield. That’s a win for The Plan on the day pitchers and catchers – and at least eight TV networks – officially reported to the Arizona complex.
“That’s exciting stuff,” Rizzo said. “I know the rooftops have been part of the history now for however many years they’ve been there. But this is going to be new stuff and the new generation – the new era of things to come – hopefully starting now.
“With the renovations of Wrigley, it’s only going to help us players. I think it’s going to make the fan experience a lot better. The tradition of the ballpark’s still there, and the new stuff that they’re adding is great.”
The All-Star first baseman put pressure on the Ricketts family and Crane Kenney’s business operations department last year, speaking out to the Chicago media and saying the players were tired of the excuses and broken promises.
Between City Hall issues, a revenue-sharing deal with the rooftops and the brutal Chicago weather, it’s been one delay after another in the $600 million Wrigleyville development.