Skip to comments.Wrigley video board will end era for ballhawks
Posted on 08/23/2013 11:40:22 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
When the Cubs finally welcome 20th-century technology and erect a jumbo video board behind the left-field bleachers, the small band of North Side characters known as the ballhawks say they will quickly disperse.
It may happen as soon as 2014, or it may take a couple of years if the process of choosing a company, constructing the board and hiring a crew to run it proves too difficult for the Cubs, who want to end their squabble with rooftop owners before proceeding with their $300 million ballpark renovation plan.
The Wrigley Field ballhawks are part of the ballpark's history, though only a few old-timers still come out.
They mostly hang around the corner of Waveland and Kenmore avenues, outside the left-field wall, waiting for right-handed hitters to clear the fence. Sometimes they shuffle over to Sheffield Avenue when a left-handed hitter with pop is up, but the majority of the action is in left, where the new video board eventually will go up.
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