Posted April 16, 2013

Lance Berkman: Wrigley Field is one of baseball’s worst places

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Lance Berkman has not enjoyed playing 177 games at Wrigley Field in his 14 MLB seasons. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Lance Berkman has not enjoyed playing 177 games at Wrigley Field in his 14 MLB seasons. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Lance Berkman’s reputation as a straight-talking clubhouse presence was one of the reasons the Rangers lured him away from retirement during the offseason. Berkman’s positive experiences do not extend to Wrigley Field.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports some Rangers players to be excited about the team’s first trip to Wrigley since 2002, but Berkman made it perfectly clear he’s no fan of one of baseball’s cathedrals, and the oldest park in the National League.

“If they’re looking for a guy to push the button when they blow the place up, I’ll do it,” Berkman told the Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News.

“It’s one of the worst places in baseball for, well, just about anything. I really don’t like it. I read where they got approval for some more upgrades. Count me in the group of people extremely happy to see that. I guess I’m just spoiled. “There is a tremendous history associated with it and there is something special about playing on the same field that guys like Babe Ruth did. But really, what kind of history is there? It’s not like there has been one championship after another. It’s mainly been a place for people to go and drink beer.”

Berkman has endured 355 plate appearances in 177 games at Wrigley during his 14 major league seasons. The combination of cold weather and lack of a designated hitter in the National League park will likely limit the 37-year-old Berkman to pinch-hitting opportunities in the three-game interleague series with the Cubs.


14 comments
macgyv13
macgyv13

This is an epic fail in mathematics. Berkman has played the Cubs 177 times total in his career. Only half of these were at Wrigley - the rest were at home as an Astro, Cardinal, etc. He has actually played in 83 games at Wrigley, 77 as a starter. Way to twist the numbers, using the correct number of Wrigley plate appearances but not the number of games.

PWINGS
PWINGS

To prepare fans emotionally for the experience of rooting for the Cubs and watching them lose, they should have these quotes in prominent places around Wrigley:

1) "Abandon all hope all ye who enter these gates!"

                                 Dante Aligheri - author of "The Inferno" (lifetime Cubs season ticket holder)

2) "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome."

                                 Albert Einstein - (One-time Cubs season ticket holder)

3) "Bill Veeck, WE MISS YOU!"

                                 The Bleacher Bums & White Sox Fans

BaseballTopFan
BaseballTopFan

BaseballTopFan(c) and many baseball fans nationwide loves Wrigley Field !!!

 

The oldest park in the National League is a BIG part of baseball's long history.

 

The Chicago Cubs, Harry Caray and Wrigley Field are American icons

 

Baseball Top Fan loves baseball.

SeanKeefe
SeanKeefe

Not a bad seat in the place and the atmosphere on gameday is fantastic. Fans know the game. Catch a series when the Cards are in town and you won't be sorry.

GeraldN
GeraldN

It is a dump. Just being old does not make it a shrine. Go up 200 miles and see Lambeau Field. It is state of the art for players and coaches, but still looks and feels like a true shrine of the sport; not like a space ship landed in the middle of the greek columns along the lakeshore.

OlDiz
OlDiz

Berkman is not alone. Ask any player from a visiting team: the dressing rooms are too small and the trainers facilities makeshift and virtually nonexistent. 

BoNash
BoNash

Come on, SI ... don't you think the headline leading to this article "Berkman rips Wrigley Field, says he'd blow it up" is a little tasteless considering that it was right next to the article about how the Yankees paid tribute to the Boston Marathon victims? Berkman didn't say it in that context at all, but the way you pushed it on the baseball front page implies the absolute wrong thing. 

JasonSolomon
JasonSolomon

this comes from a guy who publicly trashed AT&T Park, because it's not hitter-friendly.  Said he would never play for SF, basically because it wouldn't help jack up his already inflated offensive numbers.  What a clown.

DavidCecconi
DavidCecconi

Berkman a good guy. HA.  I meet him once.  What a complete jerk.  I had my son with me and he couldn't have been a worth person.

VinSmith
VinSmith

...Wrigley is a complete dump.  Cathedral, huh?  My grandfather toured cathedrals in Europe at the end of WWII.  Most of the shattered buildings were much better than Wrigley.  I wouldn't be surprised if some part of the moth eaten strucdure collapses one day, like when the girder fell at old Yankee Stadium.  If they love the dilapidated place so much, build a replica, but one that will hold more fans, so the regular people can see a game.  Build the replica with decent clubhouses.  Good parking.  Easy access.  The friendly confines?  That could describe a sardine tin. 

Action
Action

 @SeanKeefe I like Wrigley, but there are plenty of seats at Wrigley that have obstructed views.

Troy8
Troy8

 @GeraldN Wrigley field is where the Cubs play baseball. Lambeau is where the Packers play football. The columns are part of Soldier Field where the Bears play football. Now, can you please get your facts straight?

dca44
dca44

 @JasonSolomon um, he said he wouldn't play for the Giants because of the PEOPLE of San Francisco... You can read that anyway you like but this is a guy who has a lot of enemies