Cubs manager David Ross took issue with Red Sox pitcher Josh Winckowski’s comments about Wrigley.
After Winckowski played his first game at MLB’s oldest ballpark on Saturday and lost 3-1, he said MLB’s oldest ballpark couldn’t resist the hype.
“Fenway kind of has a presence. I really didn’t get that here, to be honest,” Winckowski said after the game. “I told my mom last night, this place is very standard, if you ask me. I really didn’t feel anything, to be honest. It looked like another ballpark.
Ross, who played catcher for the Red Sox and Cubs before becoming Chicago’s current coach, didn’t hesitate to put the rookie in his place.
“I don’t know what his life experience is, but I really appreciate this place,” Ross said. “I have a lot of history here. It’s one of the best I know.
“I’ve been part of a World Series in both [Wrigley Field] and Fenway Park]… [Saturday] the night at Wrigley was pretty awesome. It was nice to have the fans on their feet, the “Go, Cubs, Go,” packed. It was fun.
“Fenway is the same… You walk in there, just like here, a beautiful ballpark – lots of history there. Very similar from my point of view. Two amazing ballparks and great places to play…”
Even with his comments, Winckowski, a former Mets prospect, had a strong start to the season, throwing a 3.12 ERA in three wins and two losses.
Ross even gave the rookie credit, calling Winckowski a “really good pitcher” after his release on Saturday.
New York Post