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“He’s played there before,” Granderson said earlier in the day at the team’s spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. “That’s one thing that is a difficult thing to adjust to.”
“You’ve got to come to New York and can you handle it, can you not? Obviously he had in the past,” he said.
Soriano has never played a regular-season game at the new Yankee Stadium. He did, however, hit a home run in his lone game at the ballpark _ in April 2009, the Cubs played a pair of exhibition games at Yankee Stadium before the official opener.
In the 2001 World Series, Soriano hit a home run that almost became part of the Yankees‘ lore. His go-ahead shot in the eighth inning off Curt Schilling in Game 7 put New York close to another championship, but Arizona rallied in the ninth to win it.
A free swinger, Soriano is known more for power than getting on base. He’s drawn just 15 walks in 93 games this season.
The deal was the latest move for the Cubs before the July 31 deadline for trades without waivers. This month, they traded pitcher Matt Garza to Texas and pitcher Scott Feldman to Baltimore.
“I think when I came here, for some reason I was under the impression that he would be a negative in the clubhouse and someone that was out for himself, someone who didn’t play the game hard all the time. I was quickly disavowed of that notion,” Epstein said.
“The first time we met with him, we asked him to work on his defense. We asked him to run the bases hard. We asked him to run balls out. We asked him to be a good example for the younger players, and we asked him to always play the game hard and to try to win the fans back over and be a leader in the clubhouse. He said, OK, and he went out and did it.”
“That’s always a really difficult transition for an elite player, a superstar player, in the final innings of his career. That’s a difficult transition to make and it can often kind of muddy the waters a little bit,” Epstein said.
“He really leaves at the right time with his head held high. And we can all be proud of the career he had as a Cub,” he said.
The 21-year-old Black was 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 19 starts for Class A Tampa. The right-hander is averaging 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings in his first full pro season.
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