Competition is a structural thing. A deep, intractable desire to win at all costs can cause you to say things in the wake of a loss that, if said in another context, will be rejected for evaluation.
That’s why I can understand how Boston Red Sox rookie Josh Winkowski could say something so absurd — a border delinquent — after losing 3-1 to the Chicago Cubs at beautiful and historic Wrigley Field.
“A little disappointing,” Winkowski said of Wrigley Field, Per MassLive. “Fenway is kind of present. To be honest, I didn’t really understand. I told my mom last night, this place is very standard, if you ask me. To be honest, I didn’t feel anything. It was just like another football field.
I can only hope your mother is straight, son.
Like I said, I can excuse some big madness after the loss because Winkowski did well, but he lost because his defense couldn’t play on a group of dribblers. I will express his disrespect for a National Historic Landmark as an attempt to hide tears.
Wrigley Field, which was built over 100 years ago and has just completed a renovation that brought back much of the original beauty, is without a doubt one of baseball’s most special baseball fields. I don’t really need to compare it to any other park – Fenway or otherwise – to complete it. It’s in the middle of a neighborhood, its seating is almost entirely intimate, and the bleachers are fun as hell.
I’ve visited a number of “standard” ballparks in my day, and whatever Wrigley Field is… it definitely isn’t.
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