MMA fighter and Chicago native CM Punk appeared on his friend’s podcast over the weekend to discuss the historical significance of troughs at Wrigley Field.
For some, Wrigley Field is a holy relic of baseball’s past; a cathedral that baseball pilgrims will trek to witness in person.
For others, the home of the Chicago Cubs is a hovel of sloth, filth and degeneracy.
Put MMA fighter and Chicago native CM Punk in the former camp. CM Punk appeared on pro wrestler Colt Cabana’s comedy show in Chicago to discuss the certain “charms” of the Friendly Confines, and Punk gladly came to the defense of the male bathroom system in place at the park, one that utilized a communal trough.
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"I love the trough. The trough is part of Chicago history. If you don’t like the trough then you can get the f**k out."
Charm is a fairly euphemistic term when applied to the urinal troughs. Charm is more readily used for the hand-operated scoreboard, or the celebrity seventh-inning stretch, or even the pillars that obstruct the view of the game. Perhaps the word better suited for the troughs is medieval.
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It’s not as though Wrigley Field is alone in historically using urinal troughs. Plenty of college football stadiums have troughs in them, and that’s because the NCAA is saving money to spend on “education.” Fenway Park also used to have a communal trough, though it was scrapped for an update because the Red Sox aren’t archaic. The sad history of urinal troughs is a shared history that is held onto like it is unique.
The Cubs have forked over $575 million to renovate Wrigley Field, but instead kept the troughs alone. The Cubs will redo the outfield bleachers, construct a large video board and reinforce the infrastructure of the stadium, but men will still be peeing on the ground. Did people in the fourteenth century refuse to bathe because it was an integral part of their history to be disgusting? Hey man, if you don’t like the bubonic plague then you can get the f**k out.
The full renovations to Wrigley Field are scheduled to be completed in 2019. The troughs will join the ivy as two things remaining untouched.
Fortunately for CM Punk and other Cubs fans, even if the troughs are removed for higher quality facilities, they can still treat Wrigleyville like the urinal trough it truly is.
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