Alfonso Soriano hoping for a good reaction in Chicago

05/19/2014 5:05 PM ET
By staff

Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano spent nearly seven seasons in Chicago with the Cubs.(AP)
Alfonso Soriano returns to what was his home for seven years as the Yankees travel to the Windy City to face the Cubs. During his tenure in Chicago, Soriano was oft injured but was also a two-time All-Star and beloved and looked up to by the younger players in the organization. In 2013, as the Cubs' rebuilding process continued, GM Theo Epstein traded the seven-time All-Star to the Yankees for minor league pitcher Corey Black. caught up with the power-hitting outfielder recently and asked him what he thought of playing in front of the ivy in Wrigley Field for all those years. What are your feelings on returning to Wrigley?

Alfonso Soriano: I'm looking forward to it. I'm excited that I'll be spending a whole week in Chicago, even if it's just two games against the Cubs. I love the city, but it's weird; I never like to face my old teammates, so it's a little weird for me, but it's part of the game. I'm having fun and will be happy to see my friends. What makes Wrigley so special?

Soriano: I think the fans. They enjoy watching games there and always have a good time. For a baseball player, though, it's not very comfortable; the facilities aren't great. Still, I love playing left field at Wrigley with everyone in the bleachers. Do you expect to get a good reaction upon returning?

Soriano: I hope, yeah. I don't know what the fans are thinking or what they'll do, the only thing I know is that I played there and had fun, and I tried to do my best to help the team win. What's it like playing against the ivy?

Soriano: You have to be careful playing against that. I always tried not to run into the wall because it's concrete, and it's actually better with the ivy growing because if you do run into the wall, you hit the ivy first. When it's empty, that hurts.

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