Wrigley Field barely ranked as Top 10 MLB Ballpark


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Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports
Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO -- Wrigley Field is a baseball cathedral with a rich history that should not be taken for granted.

However, Forbes.com released their rankings all 30 of major league ballparks and had the 'Friendly Confines' ranked No. 10 overall. Are you kidding me?

Wrigley Field was behind AT&T Park (Giants), Oriole Park (Orioles), Busch Stadium (Cardinals), Dodgers Stadium (Dodgers), PNC Park (Pirates), Coors Field (Rockies), Fenway Park (Red Sox), Kauffman Stadium (Royals), and Petco Park (Padres).

WOW..that was a long list of ballparks ahead of Wrigley Field.

Is this clickbait or does the website have some methodology for this madness?

The factors on the ballpark rankings were overall aesthetics of the ballpark; it's setting, the visuals and surrounding views, the amenities offered, historical relevance, and external development.

I don't see how Wrigley Field wasn't rated higher on those metrics because it is one of the most beautiful places to watch a baseball game in the history of the sport. It has the beauty with the ivy-covered walls, the setting with the rooftop crowd watching above, the views of the neighborhood surrounding it, the historical significance as it was opened back in 1914, and the surrounding areas are getting developed for a better fan experience.

Regardless, of the article, Wrigley Field will always be No. 1 to Cubs fans. I get that anything old nowadays needs to be upgraded immediately for bells and whistles for the younger generation, but some things are classic and timeless like the hallowed grounds of Wrigley Field.

Hopefully, the fine people at Forbes will go spend a day in the bleachers during a beautiful afternoon game at Wrigley Field and re-think their absurd No. 10 ranking.

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