Apparently Customers Aren't Always Right - Especially When They're Cubs Fans
Musician Ted Wulfers has learned the hard way that, despite what you might have heard, the customer is not always right - especially when the customers are Chicago Cubs fans.
In May, Wulfers sang the National Anthem at Miller Park. During the season, he was also booked on multiple occasions to play at TGI Friday's, the restaurant inside the stadium.
On July 31, Wulfers was playing at TGI Friday's after the completion of a four game Cubs-Brewers series. For those of us Brewers fans who have the ability to put painful memories aside, the Cubs won all four games. By all accounts, the crowd in TGI Friday's after the game that day was almost exclusively comprised of Cubs fans.
During his set, the crowd was repeatedly calling for Wulfers to play the song "Go Cubs Go". Finally, he gave into their request and played a single chorus from the song. The crowd roared its approval.
As a result of Wulfers playing the song though, his return appearance (scheduled for last Sunday) was cancelled. According to a spokeswoman for TGI Friday's, the decision to dump Wulfers was a joint decision on the part of the restaurant and the Brewers.
I'm a diehard Brewers fan. I don't even want to admit how much a buddy of mine and I spent to get tickets for the home playoff game on Saturday. I hate it when I go to Miller Park and see it overrun by our friends from the south.
That being said, this whole thing with Wulfers strikes me as being pretty petty.
From what I understand (from people who were there), the crowd remaining in the bar that day was almost all Cubs fans. By playing the song Wulfers, as an entertainer, was therefore simply giving the crowd what they wanted. I assume that at the time TGI Friday's, which was making money from the Cubs fans, was also pleased that Wulfers was giving the crowd what they wanted.
If Wulfers had played the song to antagonize Brewers fans, I would understand why management would have been upset. He didn't though.
If Wulfers had devoted a set to various pro-Chicago songs, I would understand why management would have been upset. He didn't though.
If Wulfers had played songs with lyrics which were offensive, I would understand why management would have been upset. He didn't though.
Here's what we can do to avoid a repeat of this situation next year. First, for Brewers fans, let's NOT sell our tickets to Cubs fans on eBay and make it so easy for them to take over Miller Park. Second, for the Brewers team, let's try not to lose four straight to the Cubs, thereby giving their fans a reason to celebrate.
Finally, for TGI Friday's and the Brewers, let's lighten up a bit. After all, if we really don't want Chicago fans to come up here, maybe we should just refuse them admission in the first place.
As to Ted Wulfers though, why not let bygones be bygones? How about booking him for an appearance at MIller Park early next year (perhaps after the first Cubs series)?