Cubs Slight Regional Fans

We here at Ivy Envy make an effort to associate with the Cubs fans outside of Chicago. It’s nothing against the Chicago-area fans, but we are three hours from Wrigley. I think because of the hint of being “outsiders”, it’s allowed Cubs fans from around the country, and the world to relate to us.

Something came across the Twitter feed today that made me feel offended for not just myself, but all the “regional” Cubs fans.

According to the written rules of official Cubs Twitter contests, if you live more than 100 miles from Wrigley Field, you are not eligible to win tickets to a Cubs game. Please, Chicago-dwellers, don’t take anything I say here personally. I love the city and the people in the city. However, I’m not sure people in Chicago understand distance when measured by miles.

From my house to Wrigley Field is exactly 180 miles. A Cubs game is a day trip and does not require me to stay overnight. 100 miles, if obeying the speed limit, is about an hour and a half drive. LaSalle-Peru is 104 miles from Wrigley Field. So apparently, the Cubs feel that not only is someone from the Quad Cities too far away to win a few free tickets, but someone from LaSalle-Peru is, as well. Our area, and many other areas of the Midwest bleed Cubby blue.

Do I make it to as many Cubs games living in the Quad Cities as I would if I lived in Chicago, probably not. But I go to 2-5 Cubs games a year. Many times, it’s because someone has said “I have an extra ticket, do you want to go to the Cubs game?” I usually don’t get much notice, and it’s about the same as if I “won” a ticket from the Cubs.

Now, I don’t believe I’ve ever entered a contest to win Cubs tickets. But the fact that the Cubs feel I’m too far away to win their tickets is actually somewhat offensive. Perhaps they feel that nobody that lives more than 100 miles would want to drive to see the product they currently have. And they might be correct in that assumption.

If the Cubs would like to put a limit on the distance of a winner, that’s fine. I can understand why the Cubs wouldn’t want someone in Europe to win tickets to a game that is a few days away. But 100 miles? A cut-off distance of 250 or 300 miles might make more sense.

Because of our distance from Wrigley Field, I would guess that folks in this part of Illinois/Iowa would be MORE likely to go if they won tickets than someone in Chicago that can go see the Cubs whenever they want and sitting out a game with Rodrigo Lopez on the mound is no big deal when the tickets were free.

When traveling from the Quad Cities, you’re paying gas (at $4/gallon, that’s not an insignificant expense), tolls on I-88, parking, at least 2 meals out and whatever you decide to consume at the game. Toss on a few tickets that are at least $50 a piece and it makes for an expensive day. However, throw a few tickets my way and I might be willing to shell out the money for the rest of the expenses on an unexpected trip. A fan could be convinced to go from “The Cubs suck, I’ll sit out this year” to “Why not, I got free tickets.”

I think most people in Chicago wouldn’t notice this rule and the Cubs probably didn’t give it much thought. Apparently, they feel 100 miles is a great distance. But it’s things like this that make those of us that are “downstate” see Chicago in a somewhat negative light. Again, I love the city and the people, but it’d be nice to be appreciated and understood. As a Cubs fan that purchased 60 tickets this season, I think the Cubs should consider the fact that if I’m willing to travel that distance for tickets I’ve purchased, I’d probably be willing to travel that distance for tickets I would win.

Corey Fineran

Founder and Lead Host at Ivy Envy
A Cubs fan since 1985, Corey has seen (few) highs and (many) lows from the Boys in Blue.When he is not talking about the Cubs on The Ivy Envy Podcast, Corey helps high school students with disabilities become successful in the world of work…or he’s taking care of the chickens.

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I'm going to say something here that some may take the wrong way:  This is one of the major problems I have with Chicago as a sports town.  There's this sort of "Well, if you don't live here, you don't really get it" attitude, which is total bullshit.  New Yorkers pull this all the time as well.  Unless I fell down a rabbithole, there is nothing that physically prevents you from developing a deep personal connection with a team if you live outside a certain geographical area.

 

And you know how I know that?  This site.  It obviously didn't stop us.  We're a perfect example of how you don't have to live in the city to know what's going on.  And are they also trying to tell us that residents of cities in which their farm systems reside (like Peoria or Iowa for example) aren't able to enter the contest either?  Talk about screwing over the stockholders...The people that live in those cities are the ones who buy tickets to support those farm systems having a place to play, leaving those people out of the equation is like setting their kid's science project on fire the day of the fair. 

 

I guess this just seems like a crummy business practice to not offer the contest to everybody when of all sports franchises it's the Cubs.  The Cubs have fans everywhere, why would there be a rule like this?  The Baltimore Orioles would never do this, and they have very few fans outside of the Maryland State Correctional Facility.  (As a matter of fact, I bet you could tweet the Orioles right now and they'd send you tickets just so their attendance doesn't look so bad during the twenty-one seconds a night that they're on Sportscenter for giving up an inside the park home run...) 

 

There shouldn't be any cutoff for number of miles away, and if there has to be a cutoff there doesn't need to be a contest in the first place.  If it's going to be like that as far as I'm concerned they can just give them away at an auction somewhere up there on the North Side.  Don't make it be your Twitter giveaway.  That's weak. 

 

Meehan

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As for the "Well you don't live here, you don't get the sports talk we do here, you don't get the interviews we get to listen to here", that argument may have been valid fifteen or twenty years ago.  The problem for the prickpouches who say those things is:  it ISN'T fifteen or twenty years ago, and everybody gets the same goddamn media now.  At any point during the day, you can get online and watch any clip of anything regarding anybody in any sport providing it was important enough for someone to record it on video.  So that excuse no longer works.