Yu Darvish’s time with the Chicago Cubs may be in the past, but it’s clear the pitcher has fond memories of his three seasons with the ball club, especially the strong relationship he forged with Anthony Rizzo.
Darvish was dealt to the Padres this past offseason, and the Cubs were at Petco Park this week for a three-game series. Wednesday’s game marked Darvish’s first start against his former team.
Last season’s National League Cy Young Award runner-up used Rizzo’s patented walk-up music during his at-bat in the bottom of the third inning in tribute to his former teammate. The song “Intoxicated” by Martin Solveig & GTA is what the Cubs first baseman uses ahead of his at-bats at Wrigley Field.
The wide smile from Darvish as he approached the plate really says it all.