Wrigley Field turned 100 years old on Wednesday, and the Chicago Cubs celebrated in a variety of ways. The one that got the most attention across the internet was the 400-pound birthday cake the team put on display outside the ballpark. The cake, which was a Wrigley Field replica, was created by Carlo’s Bakery. If you have watched “Cake Boss,” you are probably familiar with Carlo’s.
The 4-foot by 5-foot cake was reportedly created by four people and took six days to complete. Talk about a keeper, right? Wrong. The person who was supposedly in charge of disposing of the massive cake posted several photos of it on Reddit after the game. It wound up dismantled and in a dumpster:
The Cubs released a statement after the photos went viral, noting that the cake was not going to be eaten because it was on display outside all day. However, the team expressed regret over the way it was trashed.
“The Chicago Cubs are disappointed in how our Wrigley Field display cake was disposed by the Field Museum following our successful charity event. The team made a decision not to serve the edible portion after the cake was on display outside Wrigley Field for most of the day. Though the cake was mostly made up of non-edible material, it certainly does not excuse how a celebratory cake artfully created by Buddy Valastro and Carlo’s Bakery was handled.”
Surprised? You shouldn’t be. As Hall of Very Good pointed out, the Cubs have a history of doing stuff like this. A giant card that was signed by thousands of fans in honor of late Cubs broadcaster Ron Santo also ended up in a dumpster late last season.
If you signed a card for the late Ron Santo, it's in the dumpster too. pic.twitter.com/FSOwq4YE0F
— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) September 30, 2013
The team later apologized to the Santo family. Why couldn’t they have just given the items to them?
Obviously, something has to change. Either the Cubs need to start disposing of important items in a way that won’t go viral on social media, or they should be more careful with how they get rid of stuff. The latter would be nice.Google+