Pitchers always talk about the importance of "strike one". If the Cubs want to start winning series and climbing back into contention, they need to start having success in "game one".
The Cubs haven't won a series opener since May 25 against the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Seizing momentum from a scorching-hot White Sox team on Friday would make a huge difference. Marlon Byrd echoed that when I caught with him after the Cubs marathon finale in Seattle.
"(The White Sox) are playing great baseball. They're pitching, hitting and doing everything you're supposed to do. Right now we're a team that's trying to find ways to win," Byrd said. "Now, we have to go in (to U.S. Cellular Field) and figure out how to take the series; try to take the first two and see what happens."
Hey, Ice Cream Man: After surviving the Mariners in 13 innings, several Cubs players enjoyed some soft serve ice cream cones in the clubhouse before hitting the plane. Who didn't love that after a Little League win on a hot summer day.