From SABR member Bill Savage at ESPN.com on June 15, 2016:
Wrigley Field has changed.
Alterations in the ballpark are as striking as the improvement of the Cubs’ on-field performance, and as you join me in Section 416, you may be surprised to discover that this traditionalist is fine with the new aspects of the park. As are the folks who share my seats.
“Yeah, sure, ‘Babe Ruth stood on that very spot,’ but great-grandpappy peed in the same troughs and listened to the PA announcer on the same WWII vintage sound system,” says one seatmate, nicknamed the Country Doctor. “Time to move on.”
That the now-102-year-old ballpark needed work was as obvious as the fragments of concrete falling from the upper deck, but let’s add historical perspective to the conversation.
Read the full article here: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story?id=16226976&_slug_=the-view-section-416-just-call-new-wrigley-field
- Related link: “Wrigley Field: A Century of Survival,” by Sam Pathy (Spring 2011 Baseball Research Journal)
Originally published: June 15, 2016. Last Updated: June 15, 2016.