Chicago is special place for Rizzo, DeRosa

Chicago is special place for Rizzo, DeRosa

CHICAGO -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo grew up in Chicago, and this will be his 25th Opening Day in Wrigley Field. He acknowledged that he used to skip school as a kid to attend the Cubs' home openers.

The weather was in the high 40s before game time, and Rizzo was wearing a light blue sweater.

"It's my favorite ballpark in baseball, for obvious reasons," Rizzo said. "This is a good day for Opening day in Wrigley Field. I'm good. I saw the parkas down there lined up, and I said, 'Come on, a parka?' Unless something drastically happens with the weather, I think I'm good where I'm at."

Outfielder/infielder Mark DeRosa had his best years in a Cubs uniform. The best one coming in 2008, when he hit .285 with 21 home runs, 87 RBIs and 103 runs scored.

DeRosa, who was Washington's Opening Day left fielder on Thursday, has fond memories about his two years with the Cubs.

"Those were definitely the two best years of my career," DeRosa said. "Two playoff appearances, back-to-back division champs. It's a very special place to play well and be a part of good teams. The fans really rallied around those teams. It was pretty special for me and my family. It's just exciting to be back, to be honest with you. It brings back good memories."