WRIGLEYVILLE — While the Cubs players are thrilled over their new clubhouse, the visiting team is just going to have to deal with a locker room major league players have called the worst in baseball.
Asked about the ancient visiting clubhouse by USA Today, team chairman Tom Ricketts responded with a laugh, "Um, we're going to maintain the historical integrity of it."
"This is where Babe Ruth got dressed. Come on, it's not good enough?"
Ricketts did say, however, that "Maybe we'll even give them hot water. Well, at least to American League teams."
The Cubs say the plan is to remodel the visitors clubhouse next year.
It won't come too soon: In a 2011 Sports Illustrated poll of major leaguers, players listed Wrigley as the worst visitors clubhouse.
The smallest in the majors, its carpet "seems perpetually dank," overhead pipes present a danger to taller ballplayers and there is a lack of a batting cage close to the dugout, a Wall Street Journal reporter noted in a 2012 story.
Put 20 reporters in there, and it gets even more jammed. There's no place to hide out," one player told the Journal.
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