The headline really makes no sense, but might as well go with a Soul Coughing song reference before my morning flight to Cincinnati.
Wrigley Field is a strange place — in a good way — and the Yankees had a kind of strange series. First they were beaten by a pitcher who hadn’t won a game in more than a year, then their rookie shortstop managed to get two huge hits and commit one nearly game-changing error in a span of a few innings. In the finale, their light-hitting leadoff hitter went deep, the usual heavy hitters chipped away, the Yankees second home run of the series turned everything around.
And based on the picture above, it seems Russell Martin and A.J. Burnett got to the field via some sort of Field of Dreams journey through the outfield ivy.
I grew up in the midwest, but this was my first trip to Wrigley. It’s a frustrating place to work — the writers have little choice but to leave the press box in the ninth inning to beat the crowds and get to the cramped clubhouse in time for postgame interviews — but as a baseball experience, the place is outstanding. Leaving the press box early meant watching every bottom of the ninth from the seats right behind home plate. Very cool place to watch a game. I had a great view of that sharp ground ball that knocked Ramiro Pena to the ground last night. It would have taken my head off.
There’s no video board at Wrigley. No pop music blaring through the stadium. There are people watching from the rooftops across the street. Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium are both must-see venues, but for completely different reasons.
“I don’t really think about it,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s probably because I knew what to expect when I came here. I’ve been in both dugouts and I think if you miss anything, the thing that you miss the most is having your own cage so guys can do their work and pinch hitters can get ready. You really don’t have the room for that. Last time I checked, I hadn’t seen anybody run out to right field and say, ‘Hold up, I’m going to get loose in the cage.’ That’s probably the biggest component you miss. Everything else is fine.”
Associated Press photo