The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Monday night at Nationals Park and there are a lot of Ex-Nats in town from the Windy City, along with a few Ex-Cubs on the Nats bench.
Nats Manager Jim Riggleman served the North Side team from 1995-1999 (including the 1998 Wild Card winning Cubs), Jason Marquis pitched from 2007-2008 for the back-to-back playoff team under guidance of the recently retired Cubs skipper “Sweet” Lou Pinella.
Cubs outfielders Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd also played in Washington at RFK Stadium together during the 2006 season. Soriano was a Nat in 2006 and Byrd was traded to the Nats in 2005 for Endy Chavez before being assigned to Washington’s Triple-A affiliate, the New Orleans Zephyrs. Both will be starting tonight.
Check out some pictures of the players after the page break.
RHP Jason Marquis speaks with Cubs personnel.
OF Alfonso Soriano stretches before game time.
OF Alfonso Soriano speaks with Cubs teammates.
OF Alfonso Soriano speaks with Nats broadcasters before the game.
RHP Jason Marquis catches up with former battery-mate Geovany Soto.
Catcher Geovany Soto part ways before Monday night’s game.
All photos by Rachel Levitin.