Holy cow: Vandal defaces Harry Caray statue at Wrigley Field

Well, this isn't the sort of tag play we've been eager to get started at Wrigley Field this season.

At some point over the weekend, a lowlife with a bottle of white spray paint defaced the base of the Harry Caray statue that now stands outside the bleacher gates at Sheffield and Waveland Avenues.

"Sox" reads the first word with the unintelligble name of the "artist" — the true mark of a miscreant moron — appearing beneath it.

From the Chicago Tribune (which has a picture):

Chicago Cubs officials said they only learned of the defacement just before a Tribune reporter emailed inquiring about it at about 5:30 p.m.

The Cubs responded by removing most of the white spray paint, team spokesman Peter Chase said. While no police report had been filed as of tonight, one could be filed by Monday, Chase said.

While it'd be nice to think that maybe this guy was making what he thought was a clever statement of ownership — Caray was a Chicago White Sox announcer before moving to the North Side — we can't give him that much credit. A grieving fan looking to inappropriately memorialize Ron Santo, this was not.

Instead, I'd like to suggest his punishment: Next time there's a blizzard, chain him to the statue while only wearing the items he's so happy to be plastering on other people's property.