Ryne Sandberg Is Optimistic About The Cubs Ahead Of Opening Day

Rick Gregg
April 07, 2018 - 10:51 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Monday can’t come soon enough for Cubs great Ryne Sandberg.

“I look forward to Opening Day, these last few years, just to see the changes around Wrigley Field,” said Ryno, who will throw out a ceremonial first pitch ahead of the opener.  “This year...both teams will have new dugouts, which are way overdue, to go with the new clubhouse a couple of years ago. This year, maybe more than ever, [there’s> a completely different look.”

The Cubs will have played nine games by the time they get back home, with eight of them coming in Miami and Milwaukee.  That’s a luxury Sandberg’s Cubs were rarely afforded.

“I would have liked to have played in a couple of domed stadiums for six or seven games to start the season,” Sandberg said, “just to beat the weather a little bit.”

The Cubs haven’t come roaring out of the gate, but Sandberg, who’s a team ambassador, isn’t concerned.

“Whether it’s new coaches or some of the new faces on the roster, sometimes it takes a little bit of time for everybody to mesh a little bit and get things rolling in the right direction,” he said.  “I think a good April and a good May would go a long way as the goal right now...and of course, the future goal is to have a parade down Michigan Avenue.”

Hear more from the Hall of Famer - including which of the Cubs’ “Big Four” starters he’d least like to face - in Rick Gregg’s interview above.