Carlos does love Wrigley, but …

April 6, 2009

HOUSTON — Carlos Zambrano was surprised to learn Cubs fans were mad at him for his comments Saturday about wanting Chicago to build the Cubs a new ballpark.

”Why? They don’t have to be mad,” he said Sunday before a workout at Minute Maid Park. ”I didn’t say they have to build a new stadium. But if the Cubs do it, it would be much better, more comfortable.”

Zambrano at first denied saying he wanted a new park when asked about making this comment to an Associated Press reporter about new Yankee Stadium: ”You come into a ballpark like this and you see great things. You wish that Chicago would build a new stadium for the Cubs.”

He explained it as simply his opinion from a player’s perspective — and it’s nothing new. He said something similar in reference to Miller Park in Milwaukee after pitching his no-hitter last September.

”I didn’t say that we should move,” he said. ”I love Wrigley Field, don’t get me wrong. It’s a nice ballpark. But if the Cubs think sometime … 10 years from now, 20 years from now, if they think about doing a new ballpark, that should be good.”

Much of what Zambrano seemed to be seeking likely would be done if the Cubs get around to the major renovation they’ve planned for years.

Gordon Wittenmyer

Sun Times

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