The Chicago Sun-Times ran a cover story featuring Cubs superfan Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers, who claimed he was mistreated and targeted by security at Wrigley Field.
The defending World Series champion organization — holding firm that its reasoning for dismissing Wickers was based on no proof of a ticket — jabbed back on its official Twitter account. “Anyone else you want us to let in without a ticket?” the Cubs' account tweeted in response to the Sun-Times’ Friday cover picture of Wickers.
@Suntimes Anyone else you want us to let in without a ticket?— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 12, 2017
Wickers is one of the most recognizable Cubs fans — he has sung for the 7th inning stretch and was the subject of a fandom documentary, “WooLife”. But he was removed by security from an April 19 game when he couldn’t produce his ticket. The Cubs claimed that Wickers had previously tried to enter the game without a ticket, prompting his ultimate removal.
Cubs spokesperson Julian Green told USA TODAY Sports: "Throughout the years, Ronnie Wickers has attempted to enter Wrigley Field without a ticket, and he is politely turned away by staff. Wickers, like any other fan or celebrity, must have a ticket to attend a game at Wrigley Field. No exceptions.
"We take ticket integrity seriously, so if you attempt to enter a section in the first or seventh inning, you must produce a ticket when asked. We find it odd that Mr. Wickers is claiming some act of discrimination when he has attended several games since April 19 and received the same courtesy we would provide to all our guests."
Green added that Wickers’ friend, Scott Miller, refused to show officials an e-ticket for Wickers and himself.
"(Miller) refused and verbally assaulted three members of our guest service staff, including a supervisor, which is a violation of our code of conduct," Green said. "Cursing at our staff will get you and your guests a one-way ticket out of the ballpark, so Mr. Miller should proceed with caution if attending a future game."
The 75-year-old Wickers, however, believes he was mistreated.
“They just lied about everything. I’m going to fight this with my last breath. I would like to sit down with Mr. Tom Ricketts for 10 minutes and let him roll back the videotape,” Wickers told the Sun-Times.
"This is simple," Green, the Cubs spokesman, said. "Buy a ticket, politely show it when asked and enjoy a great day at the ballpark."