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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Cubs ratchet up security at Wrigley

By Jesse Rogers

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have "ramped up security" in the aftermath of the bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

"We have large crowds on a regular basis and they trust us with their safety," Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday. "It's difficult to keep large numbers of people safe so we have to take every precaution."

According to a Cubs spokesperson, all employees will "operate with a heightened awareness" while additional specific measures will be in place for the near future including, but not exclusively, the following:

• All garbage cans are being removed from the exterior of Wrigley Field.
• All bags exceeding the maximum size of 16 x 16 x 8 inches are not allowed into the ballpark.
• Stepped up police presence will be in the neighborhood for the games
• A canine unit will be stationed outside of the facility.

Epstein called the measures in line with what took place immediately following 9/11 saying that they've always been in place but some may have been "lax". Not anymore.

"We've ramped up security even tighter in the aftermath of what happened (Monday)," he said.