Wrigley Field and Fenway Park are two of the most iconic stadiums in all of baseball. Yet, Red Sox pitcher Josh Winckowski isn’t impressed with the Cubs friendly confines.
Chicago took the first two matchups of the three-game set at home against Boston, including a 3-1 victory on Saturday night with Winckowski on the bump. Despite pitching relatively well, Winckowski couldn’t will his Sox to victory, as he would’ve had to be perfect.
Yet, in similar fashion to any ballpark, Winckowski was not perfect. In fact, he was far from it, giving up six blemishes (hits) and an earned run! While Winckowski was encouraged by his performance, he oddly took a shot at Wrigley Field after the game.
Red Sox: Josh Winckowski thinks Wrigley Field is underwhelming
“A little underwhelming,” Winckowski said. “Fenway kind of has a presence to it. I really didn’t get that here, to be honest. I said to my mom last night, this place is very stock standard, if you ask me. I didn’t really feel anything, to be honest. It kind of just felt like another ballpark.”
Ah, yes. Because nothing can compare to Fenway. Is there anything more classic Boston than that?
Winckowski can take some positive things away from his Wrigley Field debut, as much as he may overlook the pure joy of playing in the North side of Chicago. He’s now 3-1, with a 1.96 ERA on the year.
“I felt really good. I think this is probably the best my location has felt since being up here in terms of working both sides of the plate and working the slider whenever I needed a strike,” Winckowski said.
It’s a step in the right direction, but the Red Sox need wins. A sweep at the hands of the lowly Cubs would be a rough end to what’s already been a less-than-ideal road trip.