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One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Anniversary Cake

Welp…that cake sure was awesome while it happened, eh, gang?

By now you’ve seen the story.  If not…here’s the skinny.  Following the Chicago Cubs dramatic loss following their 100th anniversary party for Wrigley Field on Wednesday, the centerpiece of their celebration, a 400-pound cake in the shape of the iconic ballpark ended up in a dumpster.

Specifically, “The Edible Confines”, which took four bakers six days to create was the product of TV’s “Cake Boss” was found, trashed outside the Field Museum after it was deemed inedible by the organizers of a charity event.  It makes sense, the thing was, more than likely, stale, but, it’s probably not how the cake should have ended up just hours after it was on display for such a momentous occasion.

What say you, Cubs?

“The Chicago Cubs are disappointed in how our Wrigley Field display cake was disposed by the Field Museum following our successful charity event,” a spokesperson from the team said.  “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.”

Suffice it to say, the Field Museum had their own response.

“We value our relationship with the Chicago Cubs,” Public Relations Director at the Field Museum Nancy O’Shea said.  “We regret what happened and are taking steps to assure that nothing like it happens again.”

Now, if any of this sounds familiar it’s because this isn’t the first time something like this has happened.

This past October, Chicago bar owner Beth Murphy was out walking her dog when she happened upon a Wrigley Field dumpster.  Amid the trash…team signs and posters, a Ron Santo memorial banner and a gigantic, fan-signed greeting card for the Cubs broadcaster.


“I thought it was Smithsonian-type stuff,” Murphy told ChicagoBusiness.com.  “I thought they were things you would want to keep.”

Murphy is right.  The team probably should have, at the least, given the stuff to Santo’s family.  You know, like they promised to following the eventual Hall of Famer’s death in December 2010.

But they didn’t.

They held on to the stuff for almost three years and, well, opted to toss them away.  And since the team didn’t give the card and signs to Santo’s family, Murphy had one of her bartenders snatch it up and bring it to her bar.

Like the recent cake incident, the Cubs apologized for the ordeal.

“This was an unfortunate mistake,” team spokesman Julian Green told the Chicago Tribune. “Obviously we apologize to the Santo family and any fan that was offended by this. This is not how we regard one of the greatest Cubs players ever to wear our uniform. Simply, it shouldn’t have happened.”

But it did.  And just six months later…it kinda happened again.