CHICAGO — The stands of Wrigley Field will be filled not just with Cubs fans for Game 6 of the NLCS Saturday, but also with the pent-up pressure of hopes, expectations and dreams deferred for decades. So the atmosphere is bound to be explosive, to say the least.
But Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez isn’t too concerned about the noise.
He thinks since the Cubs can’t fit any more fans in the stands, it shouldn’t be much louder than Game 1 or 2 were at Wrigley Field.
“They can’t cheer any louder,” Gonzalez said, according to the Tribune. “It’s not like it’s a loud stadium to begin with. They’re going to try their best, and we’re going to tune them out like we always do.”
But Cubs players know better. Anthony Rizzo said after the team’s Game 5 win that he expects the fan response to Game 6 to be “epic.”
“They deserve this moment – they should enjoy it, as we are, we’re going to enjoy it, and [fans should] just be with us like they’ve been all year,” Rizzo said.
Kris Bryant also noted that fan involvement makes a noticeable difference on the field. During the final inning of Game 5, with the Cubs ahead 8-2, he said the lack of support from the Dodgers fans was palpable.
“The energy was sucked out of the stadium, it’s a completely different feeling,” Bryant said. “I hope the fans are as loud as they can [be], and we’re going to play as hard as we can, and that’s all we can ask,” Bryant said.
Ben Zobrist said the support of fans has been a “big focus of winning” for the club.
“We want to do it for them – they’ve been such a huge part of this club all through the tough years,” Zobrist said. “It’s going to be an electric atmosphere and everybody is really excited.”