Rick Renteria's reaction perfectly summed up the home-opener at Wrigley Field on Friday: "Wow."
That was the first-year manager's response to the media scrum that awaited him before the 7-2 loss to the Phillies.
In the other dugout, Ryne Sandberg, something of an expert on the Chicago market, managed his team to a victory in front of 38,283 fans on hand to kick off the season-long Wrigley 100 celebration.
On a frigid day (it was 28 degrees with windchill at first pitch) with 23 mph winds blowing straight out to right field, the Cubs mustered just three hits and none after the third inning. Catcher Welington Castillo delivered a long solo homer in the second, and Starlin Castro drove in Darwin Barney on an infield single in the third. Phillies veteran Chase Utley homered and drove in three runs.
Travis Wood picked up right where he left off last season, giving the Cubs another quality start, allowing four runs — but only three earned — in 6 1/3 innings, striking out eight. He was tied for fifth in the National League last season with 24 quality starts during an All-Star campaign.
After Wood departed, the Cubs' bullpen struggled, allowing three more runs on five hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings of work.