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Cubs’ World Series trophy reportedly damaged when it was passed around by drunken concert-goers

Chicago Cubs grounds crew members prepared the field near the Commissioner’s Trophy as the team prepared to celebrate during the 2016 World Series championship ring ceremony before the Cubs’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 12, 2017, in Chicago.
Chicago Cubs grounds crew members prepared the field near the Commissioner’s Trophy as the team prepared to celebrate during the 2016 World Series championship ring ceremony before the Cubs’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 12, 2017, in Chicago. The Associated Press

See? This is why the Cubs can’t have nice things.

The Boston Globe reported that the Chicago Cubs’ World Series trophy was damaged when it was passed around by concert-goers on Saturday. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was on stage with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder during the “Hot Stove Cool Music” concert. That event is part of the Foundation To Be Named Later, which is the charitable foundation started by Epstein and his brother.

The Cubs were playing the Red Sox over the weekend, so that would explain why Chicago’s trophy (note: singular) was at the concert in Boston.

The Globe story notes that the trophy and the Red Sox 2004 World Series trophy were brought out during the show and handled by “drunken fans.” Here is a description from the Globe:

It weighs 30 pounds, but it features 30 little gold-plated flags — one for each MLB team — that apparently can break very easily. We’re told that at least a few of the flags on the Cubs trophy snapped off while it was making its way through the crowd.

The pieces were later retrieved and the trophy was “repaired” in time to be displayed alongside the Red Sox trophy at Sunday’s primetime Cubs-Sox game at Fenway. As far as we know, none of the fans who donated $20 to the Red Sox Foundation and Chicago Cubs Charities to have their picture taken with the trophies noticed the solder (or superglue) that was keeping the Cubs trophy together.

The scene was captured by a concert-goer:

 

Red Sox and Cubs Championship trophies released into the crowd for surfing.

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Passing the trophies around #maybethatwasntagoodidea #chicagocubs #bostonredsox #hotstovecoolmusic #eddievedder

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On the plus side, the concert sounds like it was great. Jambase.com reported that in addition to Vedder, there were members of Letters to Cleo, Belly and former Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams. Not only did the group cover Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World,” the group played songs by Bruce Springsteen, The Who, The Talking Heads and more.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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