The celebration for Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary begins with a visit from an old friend.
Ryne Sandberg brings his Philadelphia Phillies to Chicago to take on the Cubs today in the first game of the season at the iconic ballpark. It’s Sandberg’s second trip to his old stomping grounds since he became Philadelphia’s manager last August.
“Wrigley Field’s a special place to me and my career, so going back there, and to go back in this capacity, I’m very anxious and excited about that,” Sandberg said.
Sandberg broke into the majors with Philadelphia in 1981 and got his first major-league hit at Wrigley. It was the first of many at the Cubs’ longtime home.
Sandberg was traded to Chicago that January, and went on to play 15 seasons for the Cubs. He finished his career with a .285 batting average, 282 homers and 1,061 RBI. The second baseman had his No. 23 retired by the team in 2005, the same year he was enshrined in Cooperstown.
ZIMMERMAN OUT — Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was scratched from his scheduled start against the New York Mets on Thursday because of flu-like symptoms. Nationals manager Matt Williams said Zimmermann was being sent back to Washington ahead of the team and being given fluids. He said the pitcher, who went 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA last year, was feeling fine Wednesday but took ill after the game.
MYERS SICK — Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Wil Myers was scratched from the starting lineup Thursday because of flu-like symptoms.
Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, had been listed as the second-place hitter against Toronto.
The team announced the move about 90 minutes before first pitch.
BIG SELLERS —David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia keep winning. The two Red Sox stars have had the best-selling jerseys in Major League Baseball since Boston won the World Series in October.
No. 3 on the list released Thursday was Yankees captain Derek Jeter. His jersey has been the top seller since he said Feb. 12 this would be his final season.