There was a lot to celebrate on Jackie Robinson Day. The Cubs celebrated as well with a win over the Cincinnati Reds, 5-0. The win briefly puts the team into sole possession of first place in the Central. It also marked the season debut of Anthony Rizzo’s quest to crush his 32 home runs last year.
However, it was the decent from Travis Wood and of course the power of the team that helped with the victory.
“From the first inning, I could tell we had pretty good command of the fastball today, and that was the approach we took,” Travis Wood said. “I was able to keep them off-balance and get some early outs and pound the zone.”
Travis Wood is starting to get his groove back together after last year’s disappointing season.
“He’s different,” Maddon said. “As pitchers go, you could label him as a dirtbag. I love that phrase when you’re talking about a good baseball player.”
Last season, a major problem with the Cubs was the inability to gel together. Either it was great pitching and no offence, or the other way around but this year in all the victories and close defeats, the Cubs have received support from both sides of the ball.
The Cubs have a well deserved day off before San Diego comes to town tomorrow.
“You could sense it in Spring Training. It’s a good group of guys, and very relaxed and very hungry at the same time. We need to feel this and keep feeling it and get everyone rallying behind us.” Rizzo said.
It’s not hard to have a relaxed vibe with Joe Maddon in the dugout and clipboard.
Despite all the Cubs heroics on the field, the real hero of the day was Jackie Robinson. The adversity he went through has and will always make the difference in the game and felt everywhere.
“What he’s done for the game in breaking the color barrier, being able to stand up for what he stood for — obviously, I wouldn’t be playing if he wasn’t here,” Dexter Fowler said. “It’s definitely an honor to wear.”