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Cubs Anthony Rizzo “sick of” renovation promises, wants results
MILWAUKEE — The politics, delays, snafus and broken promises over Wrigley Field renovations are wearing on some of the players in the clubhouse as much as Cub fans.
“They told us again that we were going to get approved, and it didn’t get approved, so I know a lot of guys are not happy about that,” said first baseman Anthony Rizzo, one of two Cubs signed beyond 2016. “It’s kind of a shame because we get excited about it. … Now it’s just kind of wait and see like everybody else.”
Rizzo, who, like shortstop Starlin Castro, is signed through 2019, said he follows the renovation saga, but is starting to learn to take some of the updates with a grain of salt.
“What’s going to be nice about the new renovations is we’re going to have all the top-notch stuff,” he said. “The new clubhouse is going to be the best in the game. And I know that we’re going to do everything first class because that’s the way that the organization is.
“It’s just [we get] kind of sick of hearing it’s going to be done, and just want to see it get done.”
The latest broken promise involved ownership’s video-accompanied media blitz last week that vowed to move forward with a broader, more expansive – and expensive – plan that would include a new clubhouse and batting cages by the start of 2016.
That included business president Crane Kenney’s assertion that the city was on board with the new plans, and that the plans would be ready to present to the landmark commission next week – until the mayor put the brakes on the timeline because of newly added alterations to the bricks and ivy.
“I’ve only been here for a few years, and guys before me have heard it before, [that] changes were going to happen,” Rizzo said, “and 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 things that are going to happen and they don’t happen, they’re not happy about it. When it gets done it’s going to be great. Now it’s just kind of, `OK, when it gets done it gets done.’
“We’re not going to have our hopes up or anything.”