The crazy thing is the Cougars don't really need the Cubs marketing machine to draw. They do just fine as they are.
I haven't been to a game in a few years, even though I live about 15 minutes from the stadium. I've never been able to get real interested in the Cougars, and there's no chance I'd ever have a change of heart if they align themselves with the Cubs.
The way the Cubbie fan culture is out here in the 'burbs, I wouldn't be surprised if they are singing "Go Cubs Go" after Cougar victories next season. Sox fans will be staying away in droves, but there will probably be plenty of Cubs fans snapping up those cheap Cougars tickets.
JB's attendance record:
2004: 14-5; 2005: 16-8; 2006: 19-10; 2007: 8-12; 2008: 15-7; 2009: 6-13; 2010: 12-11; 2011: 9-8; 2012: 11-7; 2013: 8-9; 2014: 7-9; 2015: 10-10; 2016: 13-10. Total: 148-119.
Next game: April 2017
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