What If The White Sox Built Comiskey Park Today?
During Game 3 of the NLCS the Mets lost out on a run when a ball became stuck in the Wrigley Field ivy. On Twitter there was suddenly a debate about whether or not the ground rules of Wrigley were stupid, and blah blah blah.
They ivy was seen as a nuisance by some, and I'm guessing most of the people who felt that way were Mets fans. Personally, I enjoy the ivy at Wrigley. I'm a fan of quirky when it comes to baseball stadiums.
I love the sport, but there's so much about baseball that's stupid in the most wonderful way. If you don't get what I mean, just look to Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday, when the Blue Jays had to use Cliff Pennington as a pitcher.
A position player pitching! In a playoff game! That's wonderfully stupid!
Baseball would be boring if everyone played in a cookie cutter park like they have to in other sports where there are uniform rules on field dimensions. In baseball, however, as long as the bases are 90 feet apart, and there's 60.5 feet between home plate and the mound, the only limit is your imagination when it comes to building a stadium.
Which brings me to US Cellular Field.
I don't have anything against the home of the White Sox, and as far as the fan experience goes, I've always felt The Cell is far superior to the historic stadium to its north. But the park was built at the absolute wrong time.
It was an update on the old stadiums, but it came just before the retro, quirky build became cool. The Cell would open in 1991, and a year later Camden Yards would open in Baltimore and completely change the way new stadiums were thought of.
So when the White Sox posted photos of a model replica of Comiskey Park on their Facebook page, I looked at the model and was immediately struck by a revelation.
If the Comiskey Park of 1990 was old and out of date, if the same exact park were built in 2015, it'd be hailed as a wonderful ode to the past. Just look at it.
I'd love if the White Sox played in this park right now. The two decks in the outfield. The overhang. The extremely large outfield (they'd probably bring the fences in a bit, cuz 362 down the lines is a bit extreme in this day and age).
It'd be amazing.