Wrigley Field celebrated its 100th birthday on Wednesday. The Chicago Cubs and owner Tom Ricketts excelled with the celebration of one of baseballs landmarks.
The players wore 1914 throwback uniforms. Scorecards were made to look old. Fans received replica jerseys. Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig was present for the celebration in addition with some former Cubs greats and Chicago Bears legends.
The organization even commissioned Buddy Valastro, aka “The Cake Boss” of TLC fame, to bake a cake. As always, Valastro created a spectacular cake. Working with his “cake team” over several days, the Cake Boss whipped up a 25-square-foot, 400-pound Wrigley Field replica cake, complete with chocolate, vanilla and fudge. The cake was to be enjoyed by Wrigley fans and then shipped to the Field Museum on Wednesday night for a Cubs charity party.
Reports surfaced Thursday morning that the “Friendly Confines” cake was placed on a utility cart waiting to be tossed out with most of the cake actually intact. The Cubs organization tried to play spin doctor when they issued the following statement.
The Chicago Cubs are disappointed in how our Wrigley Field display cake was disposed by the Field Museum following our successful charity event. The team made a decision not to serve the edible portion of the cake after the cake was on display outside Wrigley Field most of the day. THough the cake was mostly made up of non-edible material, it certainly does not excuse how the celebratory cake artfully created by Buddy Valastro and Carlo’s Bakery was handled.”
Granted, if you watch the TLC show, you would know that much of the cake is not edible and it took days for Valastro and his crew to make the cake, so some of the cake could be stale; but you just don’t dispose of the cake in view of the public because situations like this can develop.
The great Hall of Fame cubbie Ron Santo would be rolling in his grave about this situation if he wasn’t already tossing around when the same organization committed the same thing with Santos memorabilia last October.
How does the team celebrate the first game in the “Friendly Confines”? The only way the Cubs know how by entering the ninth inning with a three-run lead held by Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija. With an error by shortstop Starlin Castro, the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for five runs in the ninth to beat the Cubs 7-5 on Wednesday.