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Anthony Rizzo is “sick of” hearing the Cubs talk about Wrigley renovations, wants action

May 31, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

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There has been plenty of frustration on the fans’ side of things in regard to the delays with the Wrigley Field renovations, but the players are also unhappy. According to Patrick Mooney of, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said yesterday that he’s “sick of” hearing undelivered promises from the Cubs and would like to see some action.

“I’ve only been here a few years and guys before me have heard it before – changes were going to happen,” Rizzo said. “I don’t know what’s going on. Obviously, it’s not my job to do it. Obviously, we all want it. But when guys are promised that things are going to happen and they don’t happen, they’re not happy about it.

“Now it’s just kind of: ‘OK, when it gets done, it gets done.’ We’re not going to have our hopes up for anything.”

“We’ll have all the top-notch stuff and the new clubhouse is going to be the best in the game,” Rizzo said. “I know we’re going to do everything first-class, because that’s the way the organization is. It’s just that we’re kind of sick of hearing it’s going to be done. We just want to see it get done.”

Former Cub and now Padre pitcher Andrew Cashner recently referred to Wrigley Field a “dump,” which was a harsh way of saying that the facilities are super-outdated for the players. Of course, this isn’t particularly surprising given that the stadium opened in 1914. While the original plans called for the Cubs to have a bigger and more modern clubhouse by Opening Day this year, the new target date is 2016.

Rizzo is owed $41 million from the Cubs through 2019, so there’s a good chance he’ll eventually see some action to go along with the promises. Maybe. Someday.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - May 31, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    I’m not one to believe in curses or jinxes or anything like that, but you just never know…updating the facilities and giving these Chi-town players and fans a place they can come together and be proud of might just help the Cubbies get over the hump. Fans have more of an impact on the game than a lot of people realize, and if the fans get fired up and excited about the new-look Wrigley Field…than the players will feed off that energy.

    Sometimes a simple change of atmosphere can make a big difference.

    • dan1111 - May 31, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Playing one’s home games in a non-dump that doesn’t anger players and make them leave your team has to be seen as a positive thing for performance.

      • jeffbbf - May 31, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        meh – never heard anyone say they didn’t sign with the Cubs or that they left the Cubs because of the facilities. I do think that Rizzo’s comments might help grease the wheel, though.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 31, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        So you think that the work facility where players spend 10 hours or so a day for half the year don’t impact their decisions?

  2. dabubble - May 31, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Go talk the POS mayor of Chicago who loves to push around private businesses…that’s his MO.

  3. hosewater2 - May 31, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Suck it up and play millionaires.

    • baberuthslegs - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:59 AM

      Agreed. I don’t think any player was unaware of the fact that Wrigley Field was very old and had outdated facilities when they signed with the Cubs.

  4. miketreedy - May 31, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    There are lots of better players than Rizzo to play in that so called “dump” and were able to perform. He needs to prove he can play or he will be able to complain from his couch while he watches Cubs games on tv in a few years.

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