Fans attempt to steal Wrigley ivy
The ivy decorating the walls at Wrigley Field has claimed more than a few baseballs over the last several decades — but that doesn’t make it a good idea for fans to try to exact revenge on the plant by stealing the ivy themselves.
Unfortunately, two Pennsylvania men didn’t get that message when they allegedly broke into Wrigley to swipe some of the famous greenery.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 25-year-olds Kevin Burge and Steven Gudknecht of Chalfont, Pa., squeezed through a barred window to gain access to the ballpark at around 3:45 a.m. CT Sunday.
“The men apparently wanted to take a couple pieces of ivy from the outfield walls,” Cubs spokesman Julian Green told the Sun-Times, adding that there was no property damage and nothing was stolen.
“This is not the first time that something like this has happened.”
Indeed, last January, 24-year-old Michael Vite was arrested for a similar act after allegedly entering the ballpark through an area under construction. At the time, Vite was charged with criminal trespass to land.
On Sunday, Burge and Gudknecht were each charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass. No word on whether they ran into Andre Dawson while perusing the ivy for collectibles: