Sandberg feted in return to Wrigley
Back at Wrigley Field for the first time as a major-league manager, this was exactly where Ryne Sandberg wanted to be.
The Associated Press
CHICAGO — Ryne Sandberg grinned the whole time. On a hot, sweaty day, the Hall of Famer looked nice and cool. Back at Wrigley Field for the first time as a major-league manager, this was exactly where he wanted to be.
Sandberg brought his Philadelphia Phillies to Chicago on Friday to open a three-game series against the Cubs, and it started with a 6-5 win Friday. It was his first trip to the ballpark where he rose to prominence during a 16-year playing career since he was promoted to the interim job Aug. 16 after Charlie Manuel was fired.
“It means so much,” Sandberg said in the visitors’ dugout before the game. “A little different view from this angle here looking out but other than that, this was a place that was very comfortable for me as a player.”
The scoreboard played highlights of his career, and the crowd cheered when he was introduced along with Philadelphia’s starters. They cheered again when he brought the lineup card out to home plate, and again during pitching changes.
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