CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Cubs are hoping a stable of hot prospects and a tribute to Hall of Famer Ernie Banks on Opening Night will help fans forget and forgive the big mess at Wrigley Field, as construction continues on the new bleachers.
There’s still a lot of work to do on the Wrigley Field makeover, but maybe when the Cubs debut their talented new roster and show a big tribute to Hall of Famer Ernie Banks on Sunday, it will make fans forget about the mess at the ballpark for a little while.READ MORE: Chicago Police Officers Refusing To Report Vaccine Status Expected To Protest Outside Police Headquarters Tuesday
“We’re hoping the fans bear with us a little bit,” Cubs vice president of ballpark operations Carl Rice said.
For the first time in years, the Cubs are hopeful they can compete for the playoffs, with a pitching staff led by new ace pitcher Jon Lester and a lineup loaded with promising young talent like Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Jorge Soler, and Dexter Fowler. Not to mention, even more big hitters are waiting in the wings in the minors, like Kris Bryant and Javier Baez.
The roster isn’t the only thing that’s still a work in progress for the Cubs. Delays in the renovation of Wrigley Field mean the new bleachers won’t be open for more than a month. The left field and center field bleachers won’t be ready until mid-May, and the right field bleachers have been delayed until June. The team also is still working on a new video board in right field, hoping to have it done in July.
Rice acknowledged the team wanted to have a lot more done at this point in the renovations, but the winter was harsher than they expected, pushing back a lot of the construction work.
“You really would hope that you would have been able to get to a point where you’d have a little more done for our Sunday night baseball; but, really, it’s the first phase of five phases,” he said.