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Dear Cubs bleacher fans - stop being classless morons

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8-12 cruze cubs phillies 10.jpgAnother night game at Wrigley Field, another idiot fan throwing stuff on the field. This time, though, taking it the extra mile, dumping a beer on the Philadelphia Phillies' centerfielder Shane Victorino in the fifth inning of a 12-5 drubbing Wednesday night.

Of course, this is hardly the first time - and, sadly, probably not the last - that a Cubs night game has turned into a farce because of an idiot fan, too boozed up to class up the joint. Of course security intervened, though whether they got the right guy is in question, but that's not the point. This stuff shouldn't be happening.

There have been charges of racist taunts from the bleachers. We've seen trash dumped on the field. There's the general raucous frat boy atmosphere that permeates night games, particularly in the bleachers.

What gives? Why can't fans cheer and boo, as they have every right to do, without resorting to drunken hooliganism? Is it time to simply ban booze from the Bud Light Bleachers altogether? Because there are clearly at least a handful of idiots who can't handle a couple $6 brews at the ballgame.

We've seen this behavior during national telecasts and in high-profile games, like this late-season contest against the World Series Champion Phillies, and unfortunately it's building a reputation for Cubs fans outside the Friendly Confines that's anything but what we want.

Classless.

Drunks.

Poor fans.

Is that what we want? Is that something you're happy with Cubs fans?

And if you're one of the types who insists this gives home-field advantage or makes us look like a tough sports city, you probably also think you're the funny one being a loudmouth at the bar with your buddies egging you on when all you really are is a loudmouth jerk making an ass of yourself.

Stay classy Bleacher Bums. And keep your trash - and your beer - to yourself.

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Wow Cub fans. And I thought White Sox fans were the "ghetto" ones.

Jerks like this absolutely spoil it for everyone else. Beer vendors have been horribly cut back the last 2 years so everyone towards the back end of the vending senority chart pretty much gets chopped off. I pretty much lost my job bc of a-holes like this. The sad thing is, that cup came from one of the 4 vendors who stand outside the bleacher sections. They use different ones than the consession stands. Thanks buddy keep it up!

The venue needs to take a no-tolerance approach. Those fools need a public drunk arrest, assault charges, jail time, rehab ... And they should be forced to work on a PSA campaign educating people about the dangers of alcohol abuse ( and being monster-sized db's)

These idiot fratboy (yes, I realize that is redundant) types are the ones who have made what used to be the "Bleacher experience" at Wrigley unbearable.
The dorks who need to pay dues and go through moronic hazing rituals in order to have friends, then travel in packs to Wrigley to binge drink, swear at the players, and now throw beer at them, too.
I hope they find this complete dork, press charges against him, and he has to go before that judge who gave that guy time for yawning. Then we'll see if his "brothers" are there for him.

Ban beer sales in the bleachers? What are you talking about kiddo? Typical media overreaction. Relax, it was one asshole in a stadium full of true Cubs fans. What are you going to say next? Just ban fans from going to games or should we now put up protective glass? Kick the person out and move on.

I've said this for years, and I'm a lifelong Cubs fan.

My last time sitting in the bleachers (and by last time, I mean both my last experience and the last time I'll ever do it) I watched a grown man strip down to his underwear, then moon and flash security. Sure, it was funny, but it was funny because it was pathetic. Tickets to that game were no cheaper than $40. And the amount of money he spent on alcohol had to have raised the price of that embarrassing episode into the $75 range. Hooray! You just spent $75 to look like a fool! Good job.

I've gone to games for as long as I can remember, but I've had less and less interest in making the five-hour drive from Des Moines because I'm ashamed of the fans, and I'm frustrated and irritated that people are paying for high-priced tickets and alcohol all for the sake of getting so drunk that they don't watch or remember the game. Aren't there cheaper and less disruptive ways to get drunk? And would you believe some of that same frat boy mentality is carrying over to Iowa Cubs games here in Des Moines?

I know so many people who say, "Oh, leave them alone. They're just having a good time!" And I say, "Yeah, and what about the people around them?" The smell of vomit and beer was overwhelming in the bleachers the last time I went. It seems one cannot leave the bleachers at Wrigley without smelling like beer, seeing at least one fight, one make-out session, one person get injured from falling down drunk, and one person vomit. That's a good time?

Moreover, throwing beer on or anything else at a player is disgusting, unsportsmanlike, and potentially dangerous. Wrigley Field is a beautiful place, and the Cubs are my beloved team, but how can any lifelong Cubs fan defend any of the disrespectful behavior coming from these idiots in the bleachers toward the stadium, the players, and the fans themselves?

Until they figure out a way to effectively monitor how many drinks a person has in a night, I don't see how Wrigley's management can defend this. Sure, it's profit, and clearly, that's what they are out for. But there's a point at which you become so greedy that you overlook some very objectionable behavior. Can you imagine how many of these people are leaving the stadium drunk and driving home? I've wondered this for years and wondered how many people get busted . . . or how many times the Chicago police look the other way. At what point will someone be held responsible for the increasingly idiotic behavior taking place in the bleachers?

This just really gets me irritated. I'd better stop.

Only thing worse than Cubs fans being a-holes in the stadium is them being a-holes walking back to their cars to drive home drunk. Apparently anything is acceptable to use as a urinal, whether it's a car, a bike, front steps, etc. I realize it's part of living near the field, but it's gotten worse in the 5 years I've lived here.

Friendly confines alright! Silly Flub Fans!

YEAH BEER!!

what a gross generalization. was it one beer or one giant collective beer? There are the idiots that go to the game as a social event, nothing more than an outdoor bar. These people buy their cubs shirts on the street then go into the stadium. Who could blame them though, there is no better place to see a baseball game.

I venture to guess this jerk was kindly escorted out of the stadium for tossing his or her beer.

Losers watching losers and also THE CULPRIT AND A PAL BOTH look like Jon GOSSELIN from TLC (YOU KNOW THE OVER PUBLICIZED CRAP DIVORCEE JUST LIKE THE OVER PUBLICIZED CUBS!)

OMG this is hilarious! Chubbie fans cannot admit he's one of them and he's wrong...but like all of them AN IDIOT! GOOD LUCK NORTH SIDE. NOW THE CUB FANS WILL HANG THEIR OWN LIKE THEY DID WITH BARTMAN as WE WASTE CITY AND STATE TAX DOLLARS TRYING TO FIND A TYPICAL BLEACHER BUM DRUNK! nice. Real nice folks.

Was alarmed at the actions of the individual who threw the beer at Victorino. Was irritated by the congratulatory pats on his back as he was escorted out. Was floored at the ineptness of the Cubs security/Chicago police that this individual vanished. Video replay, from Wrigley, clearly pointed out the offending individual within seconds of the incident. Apparently Security/police didn't have access to said video, which i'm sure was replayed on monitors throughout the stadium. What's the big deal? The thrower's actions could have resulted in the end of the career of Victorino, had the beer/cup distracted him and the ball hit his eye. Not a light matter, but apparently it is in Chicago. Fortunately, no harm was done other than Chicago's image dropping a notch. Unfortunately, the thrower will continue to waste oxygen better applied elsewhere.

Losers watching losers and also THE CULPRIT AND A PAL BOTH look like Jon GOSSELIN from TLC (YOU KNOW THE OVER PUBLICIZED CRAP DIVORCEE JUST LIKE THE OVER PUBLICIZED CUBS!)

OMG this is hilarious! Chubbie fans cannot admit he's one of them and he's wrong...but like all of them AN IDIOT! GOOD LUCK NORTH SIDE. NOW THE CUB FANS WILL HANG THEIR OWN LIKE THEY DID WITH BARTMAN as WE WASTE CITY AND STATE TAX DOLLARS TRYING TO FIND A TYPICAL BLEACHER BUM DRUNK! nice. Real nice folks.

I love Wrigley Field - but hate the bleacher seats and the rowdies in them. At first I thought they were funny, but now they're just sad and pathetic and frustrated. Don't punish all Cubs Fans for a few morons - just get rid of the morons! How about a plastic see through wall between the cheap seats and the outfielders & pitchers? After almost five decades of being a Cubs fan, I have largely given up on their winning a World Series...and I would never, EVER, show up for a game in the "cheap" drunk and stupid. Go Cubs!

guaranteed this guy is a transplant from Ohio, Iowa or Michigan. Hope the cops find him soon and deport him back back to mom and dad. I am sure they will be happy to know you are spilling the beer money they send you every month.

i was watching the game on tv and i kept rewinding on the dvr and saw that they got the wrong guy. the real culprit was pointing the scapegoat

For all of you whiners saying 'it's just a few rotten apples' and 'that wouldn't be fair' - well do something about it. If you see a drunk tell him to sit down and get his shlt together or you do it for him. You Chicago fans think you're so tough, well prove it. Mob rules. Don't go running to security and don't write in a blog. If you do nothing then you can't complain about it later. Otherwise, yeah, you're going to lose your right to have a beer at the game. All that said ... Phillies - WORLD EFFIN CHAMPS!

Wrigley will NEVER stop selling beer in the bleachers or at the games. Why even have the debate....the stupid drunk guy that threw the beer probably spent $100 for his ticket, had 6 $6 beers and 2 $5 hot dogs. Money rules people! Wrigley's not going to stop making/taking $40 a head in beer money on every bleacher fan. They perpetuate the drinking by naming them the "Bud Light Bleachers". It doesn't help that they already cut beer off before the end of the game because people just double up and drink as much as possible to last them through the end of the game. I've been in the bleachers and I've seen and done it. If you cancel beer at the games people will just SHOW UP WASTED and then throw hot dogs at the players. Unless you have another way for the Flubbies to make money dream on, banning beer is not going to happen. Let's not punish a group of people based on the actions of one.

It wasn't just one fan. The video shows several fans who started laughing and taunting Victorino after the beer was tossed.

I'm disappointed in the surrounding fans. I would have beaten the crap out of the guy who threw the beer AND his buddies who thought is was funny...

It wasn't just one fan. The video shows several fans who started laughing and taunting Victorino after the beer was tossed.

I'm disappointed in the surrounding fans. I would have beaten the crap out of the guy who threw the beer AND his buddies who thought is was funny...

I am not sure what the Cubs can do about it. If it weren't for fans like this guy, Wrigley Field would be half filled every game. And that might be overestimating.

Stopping beer sales for evening games would be a start. However, the organization encourages behavior that causes this behavior. The focus is always on the party atmosphere at Weegam Field. Bars, over flow onto the street. The majority of the fans not nowing how to behave, or respect peoples property. They all act like they are in 8th grade having their first beer. I would not take a child to a game there. Comiskey, is a much better park to take your family, and a better place to take people with a disability. Close that dump on Addison and build a Betty Ford Clinic for all their idiot fans.

Stopping beer sales for evening games would be a start. However, the organization encourages behavior that causes this behavior. The focus is always on the party atmosphere at Weegam Field. Bars, over flow onto the street. The majority of the fans not nowing how to behave, or respect peoples property. They all act like they are in 8th grade having their first beer. I would not take a child to a game there. Comiskey, is a much better park to take your family, and a better place to take people with a disability. Close that dump on Addison and build a Betty Ford Clinic for all their idiot fans.

Billy, I couldn't agree with you more. It's only one fan being a moron and you there isn't a remote chance that beer will ever be banned in one of the most historic ballparks in Major League history. If anything the booze is just a plus to the amazing atmosphere you get from going to Wrigley.

The Cubs and the Phillies have both taken the right approach by filing police complaints, and what more is there to do? Shrug it off and go out there and do what you're paid to do, PLAY BALL!

Oh did a spoiled multi-millionare get a beer to the face ohhhhh so sad...... Who cares what one idoit did? This been going on in sports since there was sports.

Classless yes, news worthy, No. Worth stopping beer sales to the 40,000 other respectable fans there last night, No.

and quit whining that cubs fans piss in your yard, no one makes you live there. There are 15 other neighborhoos you could live in. The cubs and their fans generate millions in business revenue and taxes not to mention increased property values. Go live in Kane County i am sure no Cougars fans will be in your yard any time soon.

When did Chicago get so whiny as a City.....

That's right Boo whoo....Because cub fans spend money in and around Wrigley they are completely entitled to act like the classless jerk idiots who know nothing about baseball that they are. You sound like one of the smarter cub fans.

People relax! This is one isolated incident. Yes it was stupid and they need to punish the offender, but let's not get on the temperance train yet. Oh and to the conservative Iowans - just a heads up, don't sit in the bleachers if you are offending by public intoxication or slutty girls - take your fanny pack over to the family section.

While I see why people are angered by this, let's put this in a little perspective: a player got doused in beer. While it's classless and does not give the fans a good name, I don't think this warrants the shrill cries for prohibition of alcohol at the stadium. It's not like, oh what happened in *Philadelphia* a couple of weeks ago, when some people partying at the stadium bar (attached to the stadium, but you can't access the game from the bar) killed a 22-year-old kid for bumping into the guy and spilling beer on him. THAT is a tragic and horrible situation. This is more an annoying and embarrassing one.

No, this incident in no way warrants the prohibition of alcohol at games. What it does invite question to is how and why the media could so quickly "out" Steve Bartman, his job, his home and his family, thus ruining the poor guy's life, but you're first inquiring about this guy's identity now.

I think that ticket prices should be raised another 15 dollars a ticket to provide a security guard every other row.

This is an extreme view but what needs to happen for people to start acting civilzed.

Make them pay a hefty fine, maybe then they would think twice about throwing stuff on the field.

Tegan,

What makes you think that Sox fans are ghetto? What are you implying by your stupid remark?

The problem with the Cubs is the Cubs and the people who think they are fans. The real fans don't get into the stadium anymore and on top of that, the people who are at the ballpark, text, talk on their cell phone and don't have a clue what is going on until something like this happens.

I usually ask a drunk coming from Cubs park what Sammy did for the day and they tell me he scored two points......just like a Cub fan...no clue what is going on.

Anyone who throws anything on the field should be fined big time and not allowed to attend any more games for the rest of the season. Season ticket holders will just be out the money. If they can't act like mature adults then they can just pay the price for their stupidity!!! Dumb drunken idiots!!!!

Shut up... you guys just don't get it. Throwing beers is nothing compared to the 101 years of ringless, crappy, poorly managed seasons. SHUT UP! all of you who are not cubs fans do not understand the frustration! You really don't! Don't call us classless or tasteless when you've seen your team lose again and again and we decide we're tired of it. I'm glad the fans are acting up, because besides Lou piniella the rest of the team seems completely oblivious to this misery.
And really, let's grow up, just cuz some moron does take it over the edge, does not mean we all need to penalized by all the soccer moms out there crying about the loss of humanity?

A beer was dumped on a crybaby philly, who is so tough he filing a police report,who cares... I guarantee the high class of people who attend philly games would never think of doing that! YEAH RIGHT!!! I would be willing to bet that we still owe them at least 2 more beers to be even. Cubs players just handle their business like men.

It could be worse. We can all grow mullets and become sox fans and run onto the field to beat up umpires. SouthSide Trash

Listen,

The biggest problem with being a Cubs fan... is the other fans. Sit out in the grandstand long enough, and you realize you are surrounded by packs of no-nothing racists. Are they a majority? No, but they are a sizable minority. There is an inordinate amount of hatred for black players, compared with "scrappy", "hard-working", white players (see Fontenot, Mike, who is really proving his value this season). I happen to remember all the bitching about Derek Lee early in the season... where's your Micah Hoffpauir now?

The drunken stupidity has always been there, but it migrated out of the bleachers a long time ago.

The ballpark is beautiful, many of the players give it their best effort, many of the fans... leave something to be desired.

Yeah Moody, you must be one of racist beer-throwing bleacher bums.

The Cubs suck... They have to drink to tolerate the ineptitude.

If beer were not sold at Wrigley, the seats would be about 10% full. The ONLY reason anybody ever sits in the bleachers is to drink. They are barely aware of a game being played on the field.

Hey people. The section where the incident occurred is called the BUD LIGHT BLEACHERS. The chances of them not selling beer are ZERO. Beer sales at Wrigley Field contribute are large part of the Cubs revenue that will not stop because of one bozo. This whole conversation is a moot point.

As a lifelong Cardinal fan I have always had a positive experience going to Wrigley Field.
You get to be part of something that is very special in major league baseball. We visited this past July and were again impressed with the way the Cub fans tolerate the opposition in their home field. I have always felt Cub fans, unlike many other fans elsewhere around the league, understand it is all in the spirit with respect for this great game. It is a shame that the media spotlight had to shine on one drunken fool who cast a bad image on all of the rest of the fans there. I want to step forward and say that Cub fans are not like this, even with their rival Cardinals fans. Wrigley still is, and always will be, a great place too see a baseball game.

The last time I was at a Buffett concert in Tinley Park it was the same thing. Drunks, rude, throwing up. What do you expect, it is Chicago!

They'v been selling beer at ball games for way over 100 years. Punks today simply can't hold their liquor.

I quit going to the bleachers after about 300 games over several years. At first I told fans this was the only place to see a game. Now I tell fans the ass clown per thousand qoutient is far too high in the bleachers to be any fun. I am afraid that the qoutient is spilling into the stadium as well.

Tank,

You're right. As fans, each of us need to take responsibility for what occurs at the game. If someone is swearing near kids, let him know that that is unacceptable. If someone is drunk, tell them to settle down. If they try to start a fight, defend yourself, but don't throw the first punch... security will have your back, and likely the other good fans around you will too.

We're all here complaining about this behavior on a blog, but what do we do about it when we're there? How do you handle yourself in the face of a bully, do you cower and ask for mommy and daddy (or in this case security) to help you, or do you stand up for yourself and what's right? There will always be bad behavior (with or without alcohol) and it will not change unless individuals do something about it on their own because there will never be enough police unless we're willing to give up our freedom.

Another typical loser cub fan.

I want to know what happens with the guy who was removed from the ball park. It is clear that Someone should apoligize to this guy for being wrongfully being acussed of this. I want to know who is going to apoligize to him?

The author writes, "Why can't fans cheer and boo, as they have every right to do, without resorting to drunken hooliganism?" Well, I have a revision of that passage: "Why can't baseball players play the game, as they have every right to do, without resorting to steroid-fueled fisticuffs?"
It's because our society idolizes them. How hypocritical to arrest this "fan" but to glorify the mayhem that occurs when the benches clear. As far as I'm concerned, any player that gets in a physical fight before, during or after a game should be arrested. I call BULL****

way to go chicago....scrub fans are honestly the most classless, drunk, and uninformed fans in baseball. constantly praying for a world series victory that will never come, in case you guys didnt realize you have to win a playoff game and advance, instead of getting swept, to even get to the NLCS. secondly, wrigley field is a disgusting excuse for a baseball stadium. it smells like urine. if you would like to see a real ballpark come up to milwaukee and check out miller park...you can even see what a real baseball team looks like. GO BREWERS!


ps...i thought milwaukee had some classless drunks but thank you for making the dumb drunk fans in milwaukee look high society

The Wrigley Field bleachers have always been a great place to party in the summer. Even when the Cubs closed the upper deck for lack of fans the bleachers were full, although back then the fans knew what was going on during the game, could name all the Cubs players and were basically there for a ball game, the sun and a couple cold ones.

Now, if you sit in the bleachers at night many fans are drunk before the game starts. If fans are out of hand or clearly intoxicated they should be booted and their car keys confiscated. Another pet peeve - watch the game - too many fans spend the whole game looking at their cell phones.

The Wrigley Field bleachers have always been a great place to party in the summer. Even when the Cubs closed the upper deck for lack of fans the bleachers were full, although back then the fans knew what was going on during the game, could name all the Cubs players and were basically there for a ball game, the sun and a couple cold ones.

Now, if you sit in the bleachers at night many fans are drunk before the game starts. If fans are out of hand or clearly intoxicated they should be booted and their car keys confiscated. Another pet peeve - watch the game - too many fans spend the whole game looking at their cell phones.

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