While plenty of novelty has worn off interleague play, there's still a level of excitement around Wrigley Field with the Yankees heading to town for two games this week.
The Yankees have only been to Wrigley Field twice, in 2003 and 2011, since interleague play began in 1997. Hosting the Yankees is still a rare occurrence, and one that still generates some buzz at Clark and Addison.
It'll be a far cry from the 2003 Cubs-Yankees series, in which the Cubs took two of three on their way to an NL Central title and NLCS berth. Kerry Wood struck out 11 and Mark Prior struck out 10 in their respective starts, while Eric Karros' seventh inning three-run homer in Game 2 of the series pushed the Cubs to their first regular season win over the Yankees.
There still are some noteworthy storylines for Tuesday and Wednesday, though. While the Yankees haven't announced starters for the series, Masahiro Tanaka is on schedule to pitch Tuesday's opener, showing the Cubs what they missed out on over the winter. Derek Jeter's farewell tour will roll through Wrigley Field, providing some perspective on a player who's starred with the Yankees for 20 seasons. And Alfonso Soriano will make his return to the North Side, too.
"I think the fans are always going to feel excited about the Cubs and the Yankees playing, I think the players are excited about the Cubs and the Yankees playing, I'm excited about the Cubs and the Yankees playing," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "We'll go out there and do what we can and try to take care of the Yankees."