Game 44: Yankees at Cubs
Greetings from Wrigley Field, where the Yankees and Cubs are scheduled to play the first of two Interleague contests tonight at 8:05 p.m. ET. Here’s the quick hits of what you need to know tonight:
After spending 6 1/2 years of his career with the Cubs, arriving at Wrigley Field as a legitimate 40-40 threat and dreaming of leading the club to the World Series, Soriano approved a trade last July that re-fitted him for Yankees pinstripes. He said that New York was his No. 1 choice for a change of scenery.
“The Yankees and me, we’re on the same page. We want to win now,” Soriano said. “When I played here with the Cubs, they always think about the future; the Yankees are always thinking about the present. That’s why I picked this team first, to play here, because I’m getting older and I just want to go back, have one more chance to go to the playoffs and go to the World Series.”
“I think there’s always that possibility that a player may not make it back, but I feel pretty good about what he’s had done so far and the steps that were taken,” Girardi said. “You just kind of keep your fingers crossed.”
Tanaka fielded a bid from the Cubs that would have been worth a reported six years and $120 million, but instead signed a seven-year, $155 million pact with the Yankees, who are believed to have been the highest bidder for his services.
By that time, Girardi had re-upped with the Yankees for four years and $16 million. There was early speculation that Girardi might be tempted by the idea of coming back to Chicago and managing the Cubs, but Girardi said that it was never all that close.
“When the offseason came, I talked to Brian [Cashman],” Girardi said. “We talked to the Yankees and we talked to the Yankees solely. It was a place that we wanted to be, a place we consider home, a place my kids consider home.
“So for us, it was just making sure the Yankees wanted us back and it worked out. And it did. It’s not too often a manager gets to say, ‘I can spend 10 years in one city and raise my kids there.’ That’s really, really unusual. It gives stability to all of us – and I like stability.”
Here are the lineups:
Brett Gardner LF
Emilio Bonifacio CF