Wrigley fans friendly to Jeet & Sori

So what happened to those ruffian fans at Wrigley Field? Cubs fans were quite pleasant to the Yankees in the early going Tuesday night in the first game of the inter-league set that began a week in Chicago for the Yanks.

It was not surprising that Yankees manager Joe Girardi heard applause as he entered the visitors dugout before the game. Girardi grew up in East Peoria, Ill., attended Northwestern University and played for the Cubs in two stints in his major-league catching career.

Derek Jeter was also treated very favorably during a pregame ceremony in which he received the number ‘2’ from the scoreboard which still uses hand-placed numbers in the latest stop on his farewell tour.

So maybe Cubs rooters were saving their venom for Alfonso Soriano, who spent seven seasons at Wrigley before he was traded back to the Yankees last July 26 for minor-league pitcher Corey Black. Sori made his return Tuesday night and was greeted warmly when he came to bat leading off the top of the second inning. There was no standing ovation by any means, but there wasn’t much in the way of negativity, either.

Wrigley Field just may be the friendly confines after all.

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