I never thought I’d see the day that Ronnie Woo-Woo Wickers would be asked to leave Wrigley Field.
The 75-year-old super fan can be seen wandering around the Wrigleyville neighborhood during almost every Cubs game and you’d be hard pressed to find a Cubs fan that hasn’t had at least one solid encounter with the man known as Woo Woo.
Wickers has been a life-long Cubs fan so when the Sun-Times broke the news that he was kicked out of Wrigley Field during an April 19th game, I have to admit I was pretty shocked. I’ve been to hundreds of Cubs games and somehow I always end up bumping into Woo-Woo. Hell, he kept our section entertained during Game 2 of the NLDS.
— Adam Nissen (@nissen54) October 9, 2016
Look, I understand that Woo Woo is the unofficial mascot of the Cubs and a good chunk of Cubs fans are highly annoyed with his infamous “Go..Woo..Cubs..Woo” chants that can be heard outside (and inside) of Wrigley but I don’t see any harm in it. He’s kind of like the drunk uncle at the family BBQ that everyone just laughs and shrugs their shoulders at.
However, the Cubs recently had to remove Wickers from the bleachers during an April 19th game because Woo Woo couldn’t produce a ticket when asked by security for proof of entry. I’ll save you the time from reading a very long and drawn out Sun-Times article about the situation and give it to you straight.
The Cubs claimed Woo Woo was wandering around the outside of Wrigley trying to sneak in (probably true). Woo Woo ended up in the bleachers that day so Cubs personnel asked Woo Woo to produce his ticket to prove he got into the stadium legally. Wickers then claimed his ticket was on his friend Scott Miller’s phone (probably true as well).
Well, Miller couldn’t pull the ticket up on the app (has to be true) and Miller became “irate” with Wrigley security because he felt his group was being targeted because they were with Woo Woo. Miller, Wickers, and another woman named Jane Tabit were all asked to leave the game because they couldn’t produce their e-tickets.
Tabit feels their group was wrongfully asked to leave and takes it a step further claiming the Cubs have a specific policy in place to ask to see Wicker’s ticket anytime they see him.
“The fact that they are told to see Ronnie’s ticket at every game is discrimination.”
Cubs VP of communications, Julian Green, says there is no such policy regarding Wickers,
“he has to have a ticket like everyone else,” Green says.
Woo Woo was pissed off enough to ask for a sit-down with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts about the misunderstanding. And like the good baseball fan that he is, Wickers is asking for a video review of the event.
“I would like to sit down with Mr. Tom Ricketts for 10 minutes and let him roll back the videotape,” Wickers said.
I’m still waiting to hear if the controversial call will be overturned.