CHICAGO (WSCR) Last week, the MLB Network’s Peter Gammons described Wrigley Field as a dump and said that the Ricketts Family needed to model what the Boston Red Sox did to renovate Fenway Park.
Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts disagreed with Gammons’ description of the ballpark, but agreed that it needed to be upgraded in certain areas. Gammons wasn’t taking a shot at the Ricketts family, only saying that they had a long way to go to get the franchise where it needs to be.
“Everything I’m told is that they’re just phenomenal people and they understand it and they get it,” Gammons said on this week on the Mully and Hanley Show.
“I was told by people in the commissioner’s office: ‘Don’t underestimate how much they need the cooperation of the city. And it doesn’t mean, you know, that tax payers have to fund the Ricketts’ renovation, but they can certainly help out in terms of infrastructure and the work around the ballpark.”
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The previous efforts by the Ricketts family to secure some public funding for Wrigley Field renovations were met negativity from tax payers. But it’s clear the ballpark needs to be upgraded and areas around the ballpark could be better utilized.
“So, we’ll see,” Gammons said. “My guess is that over the next eight years we’ll see a major renovation in that area…Anyone who bought that team knew what was going to have to happen.”