We’re only three days away from Opening Night featuring the Chicago Cubs hosting their N.L. Central archenemy, St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Crew members who have been hired on to handle the construction of this historic ballpark have battled a gruesome and unforgiving Winter over the last several months – which resulted in a couple delays for the bleachers as a whole. During this time, the Ricketts’ family put stakes of the Chicago Cubs up for sale, hoping to receive additional funding for this project that’s expected to be completed over the next couple years.
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Fans who have visited or in Wrigleyville in previous months have witnessed their beloved stadium being ripped apart as it receives a major facelift. I personally believe that it was time for something fresh.
Now, what do players who represent the Chicago Cubs think of the current state of their home stadium? Well, No. 3 starter Jason Hammel recently told the Chicago Sun-Times that the state of Wrigley Field resembles ‘Baghdad’. Yes, you read thatÂ correctly.
"“It looks like Baghdad. But you know there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow there. I’m excited, man.” Hammel via Chicago Sun-Times."
Hammel, 32, later apologized via Twitter for his choice of words, admitting what he said wasn’t hit best choice of words. We forgive you, Jason even though you are right.
Chicago’s mid-rotation arm is coming off a solid Spring Training outing – hurling through 25 innings while allowing opposing batters to record 26 hits, nine runs (all earned), 22/2 K/BB ratio, 3.24 ERA and a 3-1 record.
"“It’s a lot of time and effort going into a place that’s pretty sacred ground. It’s going to be fun to be able to go back in time later in my life to say I was part of that.”"
Prior to being shipped off to the Oakland Athletics in a package deal that included Jeff Samardzija last season, Hammel was on the verge of posting career-highs in nearly ever pitching category. The Cubs parted ways with a red-hot Hammel, who posted a solid 2.98 ERA and 104/23 K/BB ratio in 17 starts.