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Wrigleyville bar makes distasteful reference to Pearl Harbor on marquee

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew

There are many honorable ways to remember the terrible attacks at Pearl Harbor that took place on December 7, 1941. Unfortunately, employees at Murphy's Bleachers, a Wrigleyville bar located across the street from the centerfield bleacher entrance at the Chicago Cubs history ballpark, mindlessly elected to go the opposite direction on the 72nd anniversary of the tragic event.

The Chicago Sun Times confirmed the validity of the tasteless sign on Saturday afternoon. Once Murphy's Bleachers realized the backlash they were receiving for the marquee, they quickly removed it and apologized directly to Paul Sullivan, who covers the Cubs for the Chicago Tribune.

It's unfortunate the misguided actions of one or two employees can cast such a negative light on otherwise respected establishment. The lack of common sense displayed is mind-boggling, but at least credit the folks at Murphy's for taking responsibility for the message and acting quickly to rectify the situation.

"Some guys thought it would be clever," owner Beth Murphy later told the Chicago Tribune. "Obviously we are ashamed. I'm so upset. We put up (a sign with) our sincerest apologies. My father was a veteran, and my uncles. This was just not us. personally this is devastating to me. I apologize to everyone who was offended."

It's also worth noting the bar has no direction affiliation with the Cubs organization despite being a prominent part of the Wrigleyville neighborhood for several years.

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