The ivy covering the brick outfield wall at Wrigley Field is certainly an indelible symbol of one of baseball's oldest and most treasured venues, so much so that two Pennsylvania men attempted to break into the stadium to nab some of the ivy as a souvenir.
NBC Chicago reports that two men managed to squeeze through a barred window early this morning, a no doubt tricky undertaking since the men are reportedly each at least six feet tall and weigh a respective 170 and 180 pounds. Security guards at Wrigley spotted them climbing through the window and alerted police. Authorities responded at around 3:45 am and arrested the culprits, who have been charged with criminal trespass to property. They are due in court on Sep. 26 to answer for their misdemeanor charges.
There was no property damage done during the attempted theft of the ivy, nor was anything stolen, but Chicago Cubs spokesman Julian Green says this is not the first time in which someone tried to carry out this particular crime.
“It’s happened, we've had people trying to take the ivy before, but it’s still illegal," Green said.
A perhaps even more ill-advised attempt to take home some ivy occurred on New Year's Day 2012, when a 24-year-old man snuck through an area of the field under construction to snatch a piece and was arrested for the same crime. Not a great idea, especially at a time of year when the ivy isn't exactly lush.