Missed Connections: You and a piece of the Wrigley outfield

(Matt Linder/For RedEye )
June 25, 2012|By Matt Lindner | For RedEye

If you've always wanted to own a piece of Wrigley Fieldand didn't engage in some dumpster-diving this weekend…well, you missed out.

The Cubs replaced a large chunk of outfield turf that was damaged during the Roger Waters and Brad Paisley concerts earlier this month. The project involved cutting out the damaged turf and disposing it in a dumpster adjacent to the employee lot directly across the street from Rockit Burger Bar. RedEye spoke with several Wrigley Field tour guides and Rockit employees who say that, despite the abundance of turf readily available for the taking, they didn't see anybody actually reach into the dumpster and make off with a hunk of the good stuff.

That Wrigley Field sod had seen so many noteworthy moments. Among them:

• Tony Campana covering several yards of the turf to nab many a deep Prince Fielder line drive during the Tigers series. 

• Numerous flocks of seagulls who determined the turf was an appropriate place to take a rest from their daily routine of…doing whatever it is a seagull does all day, like distracting noted seagull enthusiast David DeJesus with their majestic flight patterns.

• Alfonso Soriano unnecessarily hopping to catch an otherwise routine fly ball, causing you to think about a guy getting paid eight figures a year to play a child's game needlessly complicating matters for the umpteenth time.

• The unsung hero of the Roger Waters and Brad Paisley concerts. Said turf valiantly held strong over the course of a weekend despite facing off against two very formidable foes.

The turf could've made an epic balcony covering, a solid halfway-to-Christmas (or Chanukah) gift, or simply a conversational piece for whoever was alert enough to grab some. Instead, it appears the lush green life form has graduated to the magic ballpark in the sky, where "If you build it, they will come" is a way of existence and not some cliché movie line.

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