Wrigley Field is revered by most baseball enthusiasts as one of the best stadiums to visit of all-time. The historic venue has been home to the Chicago Cubs for nearly a century now and Wrigley is about to receive a huge renovation to make it even better.
Naturally, this has a lot of people around Chicago pretty excited. Just don't count veteran Lance Berkman among those who is impressed with the friendly confines. In fact, Berkman pretty much went on record in saying that he strongly dislikes Wrigley Field.
"It's one of the worst places in baseball for, well, just about anything," Berkman told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News. " 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."The timing of Berkman's comments couldn't have come at a more inopportune time. The Rangers are set to play the Cubs in a three game series beginning Tuesday. So, I'm sure he is bound to receive an ear full from Chicago fans over the next few days.
Berkman is relatively familiar with playing at Wrigley Field as he visited numerous times while he was a member of the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals. He didn't appear to enjoy those visits, judging by his comments.
He may not see much action during the upcoming series, though. Berkman currently serves as the Rangers' designated hitter, a position in which isn't used by the National League. And since the Cubs are playing at home, they will play by National League rules, likely relegating Berkman to the bench.
However, this may be a good thing for the 37-year-old. He sports a lowly batting average of just .215 in 289 career at-bats at the legendary stadium, which is a far cry from his lifetime average of .296.