Opponents still love the Wrigley atmosphere

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Philadelphia Phillies' Brad Miller rounds the bases after his home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Chicago.

    Philadelphia Phillies' Brad Miller rounds the bases after his home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Chicago.

 
 
Updated 7/9/2021 4:45 PM

The Cubs have struggled to score runs lately, no matter where they play. Meanwhile, the Phillies and Marlins made themselves at home in Wrigley Field, posting a pair of double-digit scoring games each.

It's just the continuation of a long-running story -- opposing players always look forward to a visit to Wrigley. Cubs manager David Ross said that was certainly the case for him when he played for the Dodgers, Pirates, Braves, Reds and Padres early in his major-league career.

 

"If I'm looking back on my playing days, this was always my favorite place to play, simply because it's a great city that you have a lot of day games, you get to go to nice dinners," Ross said. "It's a great city to walk around in and you get to play in front of a packed house. When you shag, there's people in the bleachers. There's so many positives to this place as an opposing player as much as any place you'll ever go."

And it seems like Wrigley Field has always had the reputation for being a great place to hit, right?

"I think anybody you ask that plays baseball, summer and the wind blowing out at Wrigley, you definitely want those at-bats," Ross said. "Our own guys want those."

Phillies first baseman Brad Miller hit 3 home runs on Thursday, and has 5 for his career in 10 starts at Wrigley Field.

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