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Lance Berkman rips Wrigley Field, calls it ‘one of the worst places in baseball’

Feb. 20, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA: Texas Rangers first baseman Lance Berkman poses for a portrait during photo day at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman spent parts of 12 seasons as a member of the Houston Astros, as well as two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals so the veteran has had abundant experience playing baseball against the Chicago Cubs in the historic environs that is Wrigley Field.

With the Rangers paying a visit to the legendary venue for the first time since 2002 for a three-game series beginning Tuesday night, several members of the team are looking forward to experiencing the ballpark firsthand for the first time. But not Lance Berkman. He’s not relishing the experience of returning to Wrigley one bit. And he wasn’t afraid to let his feelings be known when discussing the team’s impending return to the Windy City, specifically Wrigleyville and its timeless yet cramped and antiquated baseball stadium.

Berkman, who isn’t expected to contribute much during the series given the absence of the designated hitter in National League ballparks, viciously savaged Wrigley Field, telling the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he’d be more than happy to volunteer “if they’re looking for a guy to push the button when they blow the place up.” Yikes. Tell us how you really feel, Mr. Berkman.

But the savagery didn’t end with Berkman offering up his services to be part of a Wrigley demolition crew. Berkman continued to lay waste to any notion that Wrigley Field is charming location worthy of any kind of nostalgic feelings (via ESPN):

“It’s one of the worst places in baseball for, well, just about anything,” Berkman told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News. “I really don’t like it. I read where they got approval for some more upgrades. Count me in the group of people extremely happy to see that. I guess I’m just spoiled.

“There is a tremendous history associated with it and there is something special about playing on the same field that guys like Babe Ruth did. But really, what kind of history is there? It’s not like there has been one championship after another. It’s mainly been a place for people to go and drink beer.”

Mainly a place for people to go and drink beer? He says that like it’s a bad thing.

Still, given the lavish amenities afforded to big league ballplayers typically found in far more modern major league ballparks, it’s not mind-blowing that players such as Berkman would find the charm of Wrigley Field insufficient in making up for its many shortcomings. Nevertheless, jeez louise, Lance Berkman: What kind of cantankerous old codger is he turning into in his advancing years?

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