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Yardwork: Wrigley Field Really Is a Dump

Last week Peter Gammons hilariously and accurately called Wrigley Field an unlivable dump. Over the years many people have called Wrigley Field a dump. Ozzie Guillen strongly believes Wrigley Field is a dump. Today in the Sun-Times, Rick Morrissey agrees with both of them: “Wrigley Field is a dump. The baseball played on it is an eyesore. The latter is the real shame.”

I’ve been to Wrigley Field, and while it’s a unique place to see a baseball game, it is indeed a dump. Cubs GM Jim Hendry, who enjoys a good pee in a trough just as much as the next guy, strangely does not believe the place needs too drastic of a makeover. I’m guessing like most other things, Cubs fans would tend to disagree with that assessment. Believe it or not, last night the Cubbies won at that scorching dump by a score of 1-0, thanks to seven shutout innings from Harry Caray and two nearly flawless innings of relief from Jeff Samardzija and Crlos Marmol.

Indians 1, Yankees 0 — The Yankees loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs behind hits from Jeter, Granderson and a walk to Teixeira, but came up empty. And continued to come up empty. When you get 7 2-3 quality innings from A.J. Burnett you have to give the guy something. Weird loss. Oh, and Jeter got hurt (minor calf strain) so it appears perhaps he’ll get to 3,000 this weekend at that dump known as Wrigley Field?

Astros 8, Braves 3 — Hunter Pence went 3-for-4 with a homer and 4 RBI extending his hitting streak to 23 games. Sadly, due to Minnesota somewhat waking up, the Astros are back to owning the worst record in baseball. Congrats?

Tigers 2, Rays 1, 10 innings — Joe Maddon and David Price, who wasn’t even pitching, were booted for arguing a key play at the plate in the seventh inning where Justin Ruggiano was called out trying to tag up. In the bottom of the 10th, it took Victor Martinez so long to get around the bases on Ramon Santiago’s game-winning hit that it turned into a triple. Phil Coke of course pitched a great game just days after I called for his return to the bullpen.

Pirates 3, Mets 1 — Paul Maholm held the Mets to three hits over seven innings and has the Pirates one game away from .500, which is clearly their favorite flirtation. Maholm has been magnificent in three of his last four starts.

D-Backs 12, Marlins 9 — Zach Duke served up 13 hits and allowed 7 earned runs and did not take the loss, which is due in part to the fact that Ricky Nolasco’s performance was an abomination but also because he helped his own cause, launching his second home run of the season. Miguel Montero also provided some critical damage, going 3-for-5 with 4 RBI.

In celebration of Major League Baseball allowing us to embed highlights from things that did not happen yesterday, here’s David Ortiz hitting a ridiculous line drive homer in Toronto over the weekend:

[Photo via Getty]

 

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