Finally, right field will have an opportunity for a rebuttal against the argument that it sucks.
The Cubs re-opened the renovated right field bleachers for Thursday night’s game against Cincinnati, meaning blue-clad fans will spread across the outfield at Wrigley Field for the first time in 2015.
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“It’s nice. I guess we’re back to capacity, and it’ll be fun,” manager Joe Maddon said. “Coming off a nice road trip, I know the fans are definitely into it, even walking around downtown I’m getting a lot of feedback from the folks. It’s fun. I’m having a good time.”
The Cubs returned to Wrigley Field Thursday night off a 5-4 road trip with stops in Miami, Washington D.C. and Detroit. The right field bleachers were closed for the season’s first two months due to delays in their renovations, while the left and center field bleachers opened in May.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo said he’s looking forward to a more complete atmosphere at Wrigley Field with fans in all three bleacher sections.
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“You heard it when left field and center field opened up, and now right field opened up,” Rizzo said. “It’ll just be louder. It’s perfect timing, summer’s hitting and we’re about to get pretty deep into the season in the next few weeks here.”
The Cubs entered Thursday night with a 15-11 record at Wrigley Field, so the empty sections haven’t had a negative impact on their performance.
“It really hasn’t been that weird,” Rizzo said. “It’s nice to have people there, but once the game starts you’re focused on what you have to do. It’s good. I think it looks great.”