The Chicago Cubs have been through the rollercoaster of the postseason before, and despite blowing a lead and losing Saturday’s Game 2 to the Washington Nationals, it was business as usual at the Friendly Confines on Sunday.
The Cubs, who will host the next two games of the series at Wrigley Field, ate brunch and worked out at the stadium on Sunday morning, and they even were able to watch a football game on the video board in left field.
“You come to the ballpark, you have breakfast on the field, you’re watching football on the big screen. What else do you want?” Kyle Schwarber said after the workout.
Many of the players wore gray T-shirts featuring the outline of pitcher John Lackey, who could be heading into retirement after this postseason run ends. The shirts were adorned with some of the hurler’s signature quotes, including his famous “I didn’t come here for a haircut” statement that became a rallying cry of sorts for the 2016 World Series champions.
All in all, the atmosphere around Wrigley Field was loose on Sunday, and the team is clearly looking to put Saturday’s loss behind them.
“I think we have been really good at getting hit in the jaw a little bit and moving on,” Joe Maddon said. “I’m looking forward to that again tomorrow night.”
The Cubs will take on the Nationals in Game 3 on Monday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for either 3:08 p.m. or 4:38 p.m., depending on the outcome of Sunday’s American League playoff games.