The memories of winning a championship two years ago came flooding back for the Chicago Cubs when they arrived at Progressive Field on Tuesday.
The positive feelings continued once the game began.
Kyle Schwarber hit two of Chicago’s four solo home runs during a 10-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the first meeting between the teams since their classic 2016 World Series.
Schwarber is batting .500 (15 for 30) with three homers and eight RBI in seven career games at Progressive Field, including the postseason. The left-handed hitter, who grew up in southwest Ohio, made his major league debut in Cleveland in 2015. He had six hits in his first two starts.
In Mayfield’s first appearance with his new team, the former Oklahoma quarterback discussed his leadership and said the transition from the Sooners’ Air Raid offense to the NFL won’t be too difficult.
“The game of football is the same,” Mayfield said. “It’s just a matter of terminology, language and how they teach it, so you’re not going to find one guy who is reinventing the wheel.”
The Browns’ selection of Mayfield was a surprise in a draft in which three taller quarterbacks were available, but the Browns touted his competitiveness, accuracy, skills as a leader and the fact he had worked for everything he had earned. Mayfield is the first walk-on to win the Heisman Trophy and be the first overall pick in the draft.
“It’s a surreal feeling, thinking about the … how long it’s been and exactly where I came from, so a very surreal feeling,” the 6-foot-⅝ Mayfield said. “It’s not one that I would have imagined back then, but I’m happy about it now.”
Mayfield did say his crotch-grabbing antics and cursing of Kansas players during Oklahoma’s blowout road win in November were inappropriate, and he said in the future he would try to better manage his competitive nature.
“That was absolutely over the top,” he said. “But there’s a fine line. You need to be competitive, but a lot of that you can internalize and use that as motivation to drive you. You don’t have to show it all the time.