Players received the treasures Wednesday, before the Cubs lost 2-0 to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field. That put the final punctuation on a celebration 108 years in the making, one that started when the Cubs beat Cleveland in Game 7 last November for their first World Series title since 1908.
After a chilly rain delayed proceedings for nearly two hours, the Cubs raised their 2016 World Series championship banner in a ceremony before their first home game of the young season.
The Dodgers tried for an insurance run in the eighth, loading the bases with one out in on Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery. From there, the Cubs' Anderson and the bullpen did a magnificent job to shut down the Dodgers to close out the 4-0 shutout.
CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs have spent this week celebrating their recent past.
It all seems very familiar. He has a tall task ahead, as the Cubs have punished left-handed pitchers in the early going, hitting.373/.479/.542 in all of 71 plate appearances. Ryan Braun trade rumors have bubbled up again.
Rizzo wasted no time in sending a laser into the right-field seats to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.
The wind was blowing out of the east at 14 miles per hour, but that didn't matter to Toles, who drove a 2-0 pitch from Lackey into the wind to right field for his first career leadoff home run.
"I think of it like this: If we made a T-shirt for (defense), it's pretty big", Almora said. Nor do they. If he executes his pitches, he's going to have a good night. "We've got to change it". The Dodgers have hitters who can take flight during the day in Wrigley, and they'll have an advantage considering Anderson played for LA the last two seasons. It was unbelievable. It was just an honor for me, my family, to be part of this city for the really bad times, and now for the good times. "I don't think the excitement in my heart will ever be over". We're taking good at-bats. They waited 108 years for moments like this.
Anderson has now worked 10 2/3 innings while allowing just one run for a 0.84 ERA.
"That's part of the game here", Maddon said. They defeated the Dodgers 3-2. That changed that sequence there. "Those are plays you don't expect to be made behind you. If that count runs to 2-and-0, that could be a different at-bat".
After all, the burly first baseman had a game to play. "But we're not ready to say when that day will be". "You need to make the routine plays, absolutely, but whenever you can make the little bit better than routine, when you can catch line drives because of positioning or just athleticism, it totally deflates the other side". "You can't hit the big high majestic homers".
"I told him, 'You're getting better game in progress, '" Maddon said. Former DodgerBrett Anderson will go for the Cubs and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the Dodgers.
Anthony Rizzo hit a home run into the wind in right for a 1-0 lead in the first.
The Cubs added another run in the fourth inning, when Lester drove in Addison Russell with a fielder's choice ground ball. The Cubs chased him with two more runs in the fifth inning.
"Freezing", Roberts said of the conditions.
"I don't see why not", Kyle Hendricks said. I thought that he left a couple fastballs out over. One by one they disappeared through a door in the center-field wall to raise their flags, joined by franchise legends Ryne Sandberg, Billy Williams and Ferguson Jenkins.
Antonio Senzatela threw seven sharp innings for his first major league win and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 3-2. "I didn't do that today".