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Selig feels Wrigley will be safe
07/29/2004 5:22 PM ET
MILWAUKEE -- Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday he expects Wrigley Field to be ready and safe for Friday's Chicago Cubs game after one week of repair work on the 90-year-old ballpark.

Selig said he talked to Cubs CEO and president Andy MacPhail daily regarding the ballpark. There have been three instances of falling concrete since June 9 at Wrigley. No one has been injured.

"I have great confidence in Andy and the Cubs and I know they're doing everything they can and I'm confident they'll do what they have to do," Selig said. "You always have concerns but they have those concerns and they understand and I think they've taken all the necessary steps that they have to take to solve the problem."

"We understand our primary responsibility is to provide a safe environment for our fans -- a responsibility we take very seriously," MacPhail said in a statement. "We are confident the steps we are employing will ensure as high a level of safety as is possible. ... We are confident that all remaining issues will be resolved to everyone's satisfaction."

The Cubs were installing netting in some areas of the ballpark to catch any loose material. Selig said he had discussed alternative playing sites with the Cubs in case the ballpark wasn't ready for a three-game homestand against Philadelphia that begins Friday.

"Frankly, I've thought a lot about it," Selig said. "I'm very comfortable that the Cubs feel they have the problem in hand. You always think of alternatives in everything."

"The fact of the matter is, I think they've taken every step to solve the problem and that's all you can ask them to do."
-- Bud Selig on the Cubs' repair efforts

Wrigley is the second-oldest park in the Major Leagues and the Cubs may have to deal with the reality of needing to replace it.

"That's a decision the Cubs will have to make," Selig said. "I can tell you this, over the years, back into the Wrigley era, the Cubs have never been penurious about what they've done in spending money to take care of the ballpark. But it is 90 years old. They have been very sensitive about that.

"The fact of the matter is, I think they've taken every step to solve the problem and that's all you can ask them to do," Selig said.

The commissioner planned to be at Wrigley Field on Sunday when Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux tries for his 300th career win.

"It's a remarkable achievement," Selig said. "I've been lucky. I've seen a few. I saw (Warren) Spahn pitch his 300th here in 1961. Obviously, not many have done it and after Greg Maddux does it, that may be it for a long, long time. Who knows?"

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