08.23.06

Ben Schwartz Wonders, “Is Wrigley Field Made Of Concrete?”

Posted in Baseball at 3:52 pm by

(Ryan O’Malley’s Baron Von Raschke impersonation fails to intimidate the Phillies)

Writes Ben,

And I don’t mean the upper deck concrete hitting fans on the head, I mean the actual grass. With Izturis and O’Malley both injured, this moves Dusty from complaining that he’s never been able to field his A-list team to complaining that he can’t even field a B team. Is there anyone in Iowa left who can play baseball besides the ghost of Shoeless Joe and Kevin Costner? Did the Cubs just trade a Hall of Fame hometown favorite for a hamstrung Carlos Izturis? Or might that have something to do with dropping Maddux’s paycheck (along with hundreds of other Trib employees) in the last quarter?

As to the hate mail Dusty’s been getting — can Sammy Sosa write in English?

2 Responses to “Ben Schwartz Wonders, “Is Wrigley Field Made Of Concrete?””

  1. Chuck Meehan says:

    Ben,

    From watching the past 2 Cubs/Phils games at Wrigley, I noticed the ball taking some weird hops in the infield and Aaron Rowand is saying that a hole in the outfield caused him to trip up and careen into Chase Utley. I understand that Wrigley is an old facility, but that shouldnt have any bearing on the playing field itself. Is this coincidental or does Wrigleys groundcrew have a rep for shabby playing field maintainance?

  2. ben schwartz says:

    I don’t knowthe rep of Wrigley’s ground crew, but have you noticed that none of them have openly testified about steroids before Congress?

    Wrigley’s disrepair has been a recurring joke in the Baker Era. And a rock hard infield was definitely an issue when they tore down the old Comisskey for the new one. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Trib Co wasn’t paying enough to keep up the field.

    Ben

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