It’s not bad enough that you get to go to Wrigley to see the hideous Cubs lose, but now according to an article in Crain’s Chicago Business you can bring a memento of your loss home with you.
New to Wrigley Field this year is the “Cubs Authentics” kiosk just inside the park, where you can now purchase game-worn jerseys, team scorecards, bats, balls and even bases being used during the game you are watching — that day. On rainy days, the grounds crew will swap out muddy bases in the middle of the game and run them up to the kiosk, where fans can splurge on the unique souvenirs.
So far they sold:
- $200 apiece for bases used during the Cubs-Cardinals series in April
- $125 for Cubs’ outfielder Reed Johnson’s game-worn hat on opening day
- Matt Garza’s name plate above his opening day locker for $65
Special items head straight to an online auction:
- The bullpen pitching rubber from Kerry Wood’s final appearance last month sold last week for $625.
- Home plate from that game went for $1,644.
The Cubs are 12-15 at home and 6-21 on the road this season and if they really want to make some money at their kiosk they should sell the lineup card from winning games, because the rarer the item, the more you can get.