The main lesson revealed Wednesday is that you don't mess with the iconic Wrigley Field scoreboard.
A controversy that mushroomed Tuesday when it was suggested the hand-operated scoreboard could be razed in favor of a new money-making video board, was cooled a bit Wednesday by all parties involved in the matter.
The Chicago Cubs don't appear to want the scoreboard to be changed at all. In fact, the structure went through a bit of a rehab project this winter but will continue to sport its time-honored look.
The Chicago Sun-Times, however, quoted a pair of anonymous sources Tuesday revealing the suggestion from Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) to build a video board "... as big as you want" instead of constructing billboards that would block the view of the roof-top seats behind the ballpark.
Amid all of it Tuesday came the report from Comcast SportsNet that the city of Rosemont has 25 acres near O’Hare International Airport available if the Cubs want to ride out of Wrigleyville and trade their current political issues for new ones.
As for Wrigley Field, the Cubs are looking for a way to generate the $300 million necessary to upgrade their 99-year-old ballpark, but they aren’t looking at the area of the center field scoreboard as a way of generating additional revenue.
The suggestion that the scoreboard be replaced drew a mostly negative response from fans of both the Cubs and the historic ballpark, as social-media outlets were flooded with outcry over the mere suggestion that the city-deemed historical landmark could be replaced.
Tunney was not available for an interview on the subject, but his office released a statement on the matter Wednesday morning as the outcry continued.
"The Cubs, the administration and I have had many meetings where creative solutions have been offered that could satisfy the community and the Cubs organization," Tunney's statement read, in part. "Moving the scoreboard to left field, where a similar one existed until the 1930s, and replacing it with a video board it is just one of the many ideas that have been on the table. It was discussed in earnest by all parties and dismissed."
A Cubs spokesperson said the team had no intention on speaking about the subject either, but the team released its own statement after Tunney's was released.
"We have made working with our neighbors a priority," read the Cubs' statement. "We share Ald. Tunney's concerns for our community and have been working diligently with him and the Mayor to resolve the remaining issues."
In playing nice, one thing sounds clear: The Wrigley Field scoreboard isn't going anywhere. As for the team going somewhere new, the offer is on the table anyway.