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Chris Jones: For the first time, the Cubs are offering a cheap-seat lottery at Wrigley. It's a smokescreen

CHICAGO - Taking a cue from the hit musical "Hamilton," the Chicago Cubs are offering the team's first-ever lottery for the upcoming baseball season at Wrigley Field: Sixty seats in the terrace reserved section will be available for every home game at the price of $10. "We've launched something new because we want #EverybodyIn," said the Cubs in their announcement, referencing the egalitarian team slogan for this season.

Sixty seats in a 41,649-seat stadium hardly gets everybody in. It's less than one-fifth of 1 percent of capacity. It's actually a shrewd smokescreen for a team moving ever more upscale.

Since the Cubs are allowing fans to buy up to four tickets, and it's reasonable to assume most people will want to maximize their win if they're picked in

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