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Addison Russell returns to Wrigley: 'I'm here to stay'

Addison Russell returns to Wrigley: 'I'm here to stay'

Addison Russell returned to Wrigley Field Friday after a day away from the ballpark to deal with the aftermath of domestic abuse allegations that surfaced on social media during Wednesday night's Cubs game.

Russell declined an opportunity to comment further on his off-field issues and stuck to baseball questions. 

He did acknowledge it was weird to be away from Wrigley Field Thursday.

[MORE: Addison Russell denies abuse allegation but Cubs will keep their All-Star shortstop out of uniform for now]

"I was watching the game on TV," Russell said. "I felt sad. This is what I do. This is what I love. I love being here in this clubhouse with the boys, having fun. This is my life."

Russell is not in Friday's lineup against the Colorado Rockies, but he did say he is available off the bench. He did not know if he would return to the starting lineup Saturday.

"I'm here to stay," Russell said. "This is my job. This is what I love doing."

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

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