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Sights and sounds from the epic World Series banner-raising ceremony at Wrigley Field

Sights and sounds from the epic World Series banner-raising ceremony at Wrigley Field

Monday is for the fans, Wednesday is for the players.

That's how some Cubs officials have framed the two different days of festivities as the Cubs open their 2017 slate at Wrigley Field.

Monday was the World Series banner-raising ceremony that featured the players making a trip out to the bleachers to help hoist the flag up the pole in right-center. A two-hour rain delay did nothing to dampen the spirit inside the stadium, with one fan suggesting the delay only added to the anticipation. However, the 36-degree temperature (with windchill) was 

During the delay, the Cubs showed David Ross' "Dancing with the Stars" appearance live on the video board in left field:

Here are the sights and sounds of the first championship banner-raising ceremony Wrigley Field has ever seen:

Cubs legend Billy Williams got in on the action, too:

The finished product features the 1907 and 1908 World Series banners on the left and the 2016 National League pennant and World Series banners on the right:

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

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