Kris Bryant’s dad scored this weekend as soon as he saw the Cubs’ game schedule. Jon Lester’s wife, his parents and the family of Anthony Rizzo did the same.
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On Friday (7:10 p.m.), the Chicago Cubs, current World Series champions, will open a three-game series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park in the first confrontation between the two historic franchises since 2014.
The series is one of the most outstanding this season, so much that is expected a full full for all three games. The Cubs come to Boston leading the National League Center with a 12-9 mark, while the Red Sox are third from the East of the American, with a record of 11-10.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. “They are a great team, very competitive. I think it will be very good for the fans and it will bring a lot of excitement.”
The last showdown, three years ago, was also at Fenway Park, and the Cubs swept through that three-game series, which included a starter of Jake Arrieta, who flirted with a no-hitter.
The right did not allow an unbeaten to the simple connected by Stephen Drew with two outs in the eighth, and received a loud ovation as he left the mound.
Arrieta will be back on the mound on Friday, in the first game of the series.
“It’s really special,” Arrieta said of Fenway Park. “I got to pitch there several times at the beginning of my career (with Baltimore).” The first time there was somewhat similar to the first experience at Wrigley [Field].
“Wrigley and Fenway are the last two old stadiums, it’s very nice to be able to visit those places, it’s a unique place, there’s a lot of personality and a lot of history.” There you have to pitch a little different because they have certain players that connect against the wall The left garden) “.
The Red Sox will send out left-handed opener Drew Pomeranz, who has a lot of respect for the Chicago lineup, after facing them last season at Wrigley Field when he was a member of the Padres.
“Obviously, they are the defending champions, they are an elite team,” Pomeranz said. “Their alignment can hurt you, any of them can do it. They look a lot like the teams in our division. From the standpoint of alignment, they look a lot like the teams in the East American League.”