And who better than the outspoken Carlos Zambrano to weigh in on the state of the stadium?
Big Z -- clearly impressed by the plush amenities found at the Yankees' new yard -- made a plea for a new facility on Saturday.
"You come into a ballpark like this and you see great things," the Cubs ace told The Associated Press on Saturday before his team's 10-1 exhibition loss at the sparkling ballpark in the Bronx.
"You wish that Chicago'd build a new stadium for the Cubs," he said.
Now, a statement like this borders on blasphemy for both baseball purists and ardent Cub fans who view Wrigley Field as more of a cathedral than a baseball field. To many, the Friendly Confines are at the core of what the Cubs organization is all about -- a very tangible romanticism that has a long history on the North side.
To Zambrano's credit, he seems to understand that.
Zambrano wasn't just being his unpredictable self Saturday. As a player he wants a relaxing environment to work in, and he understands Wrigley's appeal for fans despite the lack of amenities -- who needs a martini bar, as there is in the new, $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium, when you can go loopy just trying to figure out the wind direction for that day's game?
"People are used to Wrigley Field," he said. "As a fan it's hard to think of a new ballpark."
While this is true, it was just as hard for fans to think of a different Yankee Stadium and a different Tiger Stadium. But, the early returns on the new Yankee park are spectacular, and Comerica Park in Detroit is also a magnificent place to watch a game.
So, is there anything to what Zambrano says? How long can Wrigley remain? Will there ever be a point when a newer, more up-to-date facility will be a necessity? Do the fireballer's comments change the way you feel about him at all?
Zambrano asks for a new ballpark (Sun-Times)