Wrigley Field is home to some of the best ballparks in baseball, but a new generation of ballpark dwellers is now getting to experience them on a whole new level.
On Wednesday, the Cubs will open their first home game since July 9, when the team moved to Chicago from Milwaukee.
The team will open the first of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday at 8:10 p.m.
ET at Wrigly Field, according to MLB.
It will be the first time the Cubs have played in Wrigle Field since 2013, when they played at the new stadium.
Since then, Wrigliete Field has hosted the Cubs and Cubs affiliates since 2013 and 2016, and the Cubs last played there in the regular season in 2016.
For the Cubs, opening their new ballpark will mark the culmination of a season-long effort to transform the ballpark into a home run derby.
Last season, the team began the process of moving all games to Wrigldraft, a new multipurpose stadium designed for use as a home for the Chicago Cubs.
After the team announced its plans to move all home games to the new facility in 2016, the process began to take shape, with the Cubs opening all home baseball games at Wiggly.
During the 2016 season, fans had to make sure they had seats in the right section of the stadium, and a new “no-padded” policy was instituted in 2017 to prevent any fans from sitting in the seats behind home plate.
“The goal is to give the fans in Wiggles spot a place to come out, to have fun, to watch the game, and to have the best experience possible,” Wrigler said.
As the Cubs move closer to the 2020 season, Wigglin Stadium is set to become a major hub for the club, with fans able to get into the ballpark and see the ballpark as they’re enjoying it.
But what about the game itself?
The Cubs will take a bit of a back seat in terms of the new Wrigleys lineup.
With Schwarber now on the Cubs’ roster, he’ll be playing in the field at W.W.A. Field.
The Cubs’ batting order includes Schwarber, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Addison Russell.
Bryant is the only player on the roster that hasn’t played in a major league game this season, having been placed on the disabled list with an injury.
While Schwarber’s arrival has changed the rotation, it’s not the only major player to join the team’s starting lineup.
Bryants role will be more limited than that of Schwarber.
Although Schwarber is expected to start, Bryant has not yet been officially designated for the major league roster.
In his first season with the club since 2014, Bryant was hitting .263/.353/.434 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs.
According to ESPN, Bryant and Schwarber are the only Cubs players with more than 40 homers in a season since 2009.
On the other hand, Bryant had his worst season as a Cub in 2016 with 21 homers and 45 RBIs, but the veteran outfielder still posted career-highs in home runs (36), RBIs (71), and extra-base hits (61).
Bryan Boddy, who has played for the Cardinals and Yankees, has played most of his major league career in the outfield.
Both Boddy and Schwarberg have struggled to play the outfield this season.
Despite Boddy’s struggles, Bryant is the team leader in outfield assists, as well as batting average and on-base percentage.
There is still no word on who will start for the Cubs in the batting order.
Should Schwarber start at second base, his teammate Javier Bocanegra will move to the corner outfield.