"It's unfortunate the Cubs have been pulled into the political work that all of my family members do," co-owner Laura Ricketts told WBEZ-FM on Wednesday. "(But) something needs to be done to preserve and make sure (Wrigley) lasts another 100 years. Everyone agrees that Wrigley and the Cubs should be treated fairly and equally. But these are very tough times."
With the Rickettses striking out, the Cubs could call on President Theo Epstein to lobby Emanuel. They met earlier this season, and Epstein said Wednesday Emanuel seemed like a "nice guy."
Epstein is willing to do the Cubs' bidding if asked.
"If they need help, yeah," he said. "It's not what I do on a day-to-day basis but we sit in meetings and talk about it. Obviously it's of fundamental importance to the organization and affects some of our baseball plans. So any of us are willing to give our best effort to make it happen."
Even without a rehab, Wrigley still makes money for the organization, despite the team's record.
"(Fans are) going to come to this ballpark, no matter," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The way they've played this year, and you see how many people they've brought in? That's a lot of people. They support the team. You guys know how I feel about this ballpark. But if you come to Chicago and you're a tourist and you don't come to Wrigley Field, your visit is incomplete."
Samardzija watch: The Cubs rain-shortened , 5-1 victory Wednesday night left them with a 13-5 record in their last 18 games. Geovany Soto's RBI single snapped a 1-1 tie in the seventh, and the Cubs added three more runs in the inning before the deluge hit in the top of the eighth.
The game was called after a 1 hour, 17-minute delay.
Jeff Samardzija lasted only five innings, allowing one run with nine strikeouts. He was pulled early because his pitch count was at 97.
Samardzija is considered a core player in the Cubs' future.
"He's that guy we all feel we have a chance of building a rotation on, depending obviously on what happens here in the next couple of weeks," manager Dale Sveum said. "But he's that guy. He's going to be that guy that hopefully we can build around and be the No. 1, be the No. 2 guy."
Extra innings: Randy Wells was placed on the 15-day disabled list at Triple-A Iowa with a right elbow strain. … Jorge Soler is expected to play his first game on Thursday, as a DH for Mesa in the Arizona League.