There has been much debate on whether the #Chicago Cubs are ripping off their fans. These are the same fans that have stuck by the loveable losers for over a century waiting for a #World Series championship. These are the same fans that show up day, or night with their raucous chants from the rafters, or the bleachers. Yet, for some reason, some people feel like the Cubs are trying exploit good timing for money from these loyal fans.

Wrigley Field selling ivy leaves

In recent news, the Cubs are selling leaves off the ivy wall in the outfield for $200 a leaf. For most people, such as myself, this sounds like a waste of money.

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For someone who is also a special education teacher on the side, there is no way that my future wife would ever let me inside our house if I told her I bought a leaf for $200. Truth be told, I am Cubs fan, and not even I could bring myself to punch the digits on my credit card to pay for this.

The question is my favorite team since birth taking advantage of a good situation? The answer is yes. Even though the answer to the question is yes, does not mean I am going to take it personal though. I understand how a business works. If there is anyway to make extra money, then go ahead.

It is very unlikely that this added revenue is going to help the Cubs retain free agents of the future in Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Javy Baez, and so on, but when one leaf is $200, and you potentially have 1,000, the money really adds up.

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You can't control how others spend their money

Long story short, there will be fans who purchase this. Even though the Cubs are taking advantage of the team winning the World Series to make extra money, my hope is that people just respect the other's decision to buy it. Just because you don't want to spend the money, doesn't mean you have the right to tell how another can spend their money.

For anyone who has ever collected a coin, action figure, baseball card, etc, this is just another type of collecting. #Sports Memorabilia will never go away. If you are a fan that is reading this and has gone out of your way to get an autograph from a random player at a game that you don't even know, you are not all that different. The difference is that the guy buying the leaf has more money than you.

This isn't the first random item for sale from a championship

This isn't the first random item for sale from a championshipThe comical history to this is that this is not the first time we have seen something like this in the recent years. Some fans might remember when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2013 and sold ice from the rink for $99. Then, there was the time that the Red Sox sold dirt from Fenway Park after they won the World Series in 2013.

Even though we think it might be one of the dumbest items to spend your hard earned cash on, people are still going to do it. All you can do is sit from your recliner at home and maybe chuckle. It sure beats having a heart attack over it.