Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tear Down Wrigley!

97% of the charm of an old stadium inures to the fans' benefit only:
There's no doubt the Cubs enjoyed their two-day stay in the Brewers' home clubhouse at Miller Park, and not just because they allowed only one hit in two victories over Houston. After his no-hitter Sunday, Carlos Zambrano went as far as to say: "This is a beautiful ballpark. Gosh, I wish we could have a new ballpark" . . .

. . . "You never want to see a landmark taken down, a place with so much history," [Jason] Marquis said. "The fans love it. That being said, the game is changing, stadiums are getting updated. There are better facilities, not only for the players, but for the fans—better food concessions, comfortable seats, better views. If I had a personal choice, I think they should knock Wrigley down and build a replica in the exact same spot to give it that same feel. The same colored seats, same ivy, same wall, and throw up a Jumbotron, but have it look like a replica of the scoreboard that's up there now, try to give it the same feel, in the same spot. I wouldn't be opposed to that."
This is only a guess, but I'm thinking that the Cubs will make absolutely zero plans about their future based on what Jason Marquis would or would not be opposed to.


tadthebad said...

Why didn't the Astros get the home team's clubhouse? Weren't they the "home" team? This kind of adds insult to injury for the 'Stros.

Then again, maybe home vs. visitor clubhouses are not that different (and provide no comfort advantage) in modern ballparks as opposed to older parks?

Levi Stahl said...

I've always felt bad being so annoyed by Jason Marquis; after all, it's not like he's not trying out there--he's just not very good.

But now I feel fully justified in letting my annoyance show.

Marcel said...

I don't think they could tear down Wrigley even if they wanted to. It has landmark status, doesn't it?