Wrigley rules unchanged regarding fans
Chairman Kenney refutes report bad behavior prompted action
CHICAGO -- Cubs chairman Crane Kenney said Wednesday the team did not change the rules at Wrigley Field regarding how it deals with bleacher fans' behavior and did not admonish the security guards to be more watchful.
There was a report that the ballpark security was stepped up in response to fans' negative reaction toward Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
"The rules have not changed at the ballpark," Kenney said Wednesday. "Booing is part of the game. Profanity and anything racial is not allowed, regardless of where it happens in the ballpark. What I'm hearing from our security staff is that the booing hasn't been significant nor has anyone been talked to."
Kenney said the boos he's heard from the fans directed at center fielder Jim Edmonds have been louder than anything aimed at Soriano.
"I don't know where this issue has come from," Kenney said. "Sori hasn't said a word. He's gone about his business, as has the manager."
The Cubs have increased the number of security personnel in the bleachers, but that was in response to the city's no smoking ordinance, and the extra staff was in place at the start of the year.
As for the sale of the Cubs and Wrigley Field, Kenney said there was no update. There is no timetable to complete the sale.
"You'll hear that the books go out in the next few weeks, and then a process of interviews and diligent process," Kenney said. "Like we've said, toward the second half of the season, we may have a new owner, but it has to go through the MLB process. It's probably an end of the year kind of thing."
There will be separate books for Wrigley Field, for the team, and for Comcast Sports Net.
"If somebody wants all three assets, they can get all three books," Kenney said.
The Tribune Co. does want to sell the stadium first, and that has complicated matters and delayed the sale of the team.
Kenney also was asked if he was upset at critical comments made by Cubs television broadcaster Bob Brenly regarding Soriano after the left fielder dropped a ball Sunday in Pittsburgh.
"That's his job," Kenney said of Brenly. "If he weren't doing his job, it'd be like me asking you to write something favorable about the team when we didn't deserve it. I thought Brenly was doing his job. I don't think anyone on the team had a problem with it from what I can tell."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.