Definitely not the same as the old field.
The Cubs and the Brewers got a jump on the 2008 season by having a workout at Wrigley Field today. I imagine it was the first time many of them had seen Wrigley since the field was redone during the offseason. All reports indicate that everything is a lot smoother, and at least initially, the field will be much faster. Hard grounders and gap shots will be interesting to watch these first few weeks.
But a long home run out onto Waveland (or Sheffield) will still be the same - and both teams took the opportunity to launch a few during the workout. And a few ballhawks (and passers-by) took the opportunity to try and catch the season's first pearls. The Cubs drew first blood - check out this dent on the hood of a car parked on Waveland.
I had a good day, catching three out of the seven that came out on Waveland. Slim reports that one came out on Sheffield, compliments of Kosuke Fukudome. Not a bad way to start the season - even if it was a day early...
Out of the Ballpark Totals:
Sunday, March 30: BP-8 [W-7,S-1], HR-0, Foul-0, Roof-0
Season: BP-8 [W-7,S-1], HR-0, Foul-0, Roof-0