When a foul ball flew off the bat of Albert Almora Jr. and into the stands towards a child earlier this season, it sure felt like the final straw for most fans. Fortunately, there seems to be more support than ever for additional netting down the left and right field foul lines, and it sure sounds like the Cubs have begun that process in earnest.
Check it out:
Chicago Cubs in serious discussions with different firms on adding netting for 2020.Trickey angles at Wrigley may lead to creative contouring of new netting .
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) August 26, 2019
According to Levine, the Cubs are in serious discussions to add netting for 2020, which presumably means all the way down the foul lines, and not just further down the line. Like some other unique stadiums, Wrigley Field might require a little extra creative engineering, as Levine implies, but I sincerely doubt it isn’t possible. This should happen.
And if it does, the Cubs wouldn’t be the first MLB team to do it – in fact, they wouldn’t even be the first team in this city! The White Sox did it, themselves, at Guaranteed Rate Field not long after the Almora incident.
And as far as I’m concerned this is 100% a great idea. It won’t impact the game and it’ll hardly impact your view. That’s an extremely small price to pay for the safety of all fans. Good on the Cubs for getting this process started, now let’s hope they finish it as soon as possible.