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Cubs Pitcher Jason Hammel Says Wrigley Field 'Looks Like Baghdad'

04/02/2015 09:40 am ET | Updated Apr 02, 2015
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Well, that's one way to put it. Chicago's historic Wrigley Field is undergoing some renovations, some of which are not quite done ahead of Opening Day. And one Cubs player likened the scene to Baghdad.

"It looks like Baghdad, but you know there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow there," pitcher Jason Hammel said, according to a post published Wednesday on Big League Stew.

He continued, "It is what it is right now, and we’re going to deal with it, but it’s exciting."

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Workers install display panels for the video board above left field at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

To be fair, Wrigley is a bit of a mess right now, and Hammel likely didn't mean any disrespect. The 101-year-old ballpark, which is undergoing a $375 million renovation, will be without about 5,000 of its bleachers seats due to delays as it opens the season on Sunday, Reuters reports.

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Workers install display panels for the video board above left field at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

While the stadium's Jumbotron went up yesterday, Reuters said the left and right field bleachers will not be ready until mid-May and mid-June, respectively.

Hammel emphasized his enthusiasm, calling Wrigley a "beautiful stadium" and repeating that he's excited for the updated digs. The right-handed pitcher re-signed with the Cubs in December after he was traded by the team to the Oakland A's last July.

"It’s a long time coming and fun to be a part of, even if it will be a little sketchy to get around," he noted.

And from these pictures (reminder, the stadium will open on Sunday), Hammel's "sketchy" assessment is not far off:

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