The Chicago Cubs haven’t been in Yankee Stadium in 67 years.
The Cubs will make their first appearance in the Bronx since the 1938 World Series when they open a weekend interleague series with the New York Yankees.
When last the teams met in New York nearly seven decades ago, the Yankees swept the Cubs for the second time in six years. New York took the 1932 World Series, winning Games 3 and 4 at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs, who are coming off Wednesday’s 15-5 loss to Florida, earned a small measure of revenge by taking two of three from the Yankees during their interleague series at Wrigley Field in June 2003.
The Cubs, who are 4-5 against the AL this season, will send feisty Carlos Zambrano to the mound on Friday.
Zambrano has no record and a 2.57 ERA in two interleague starts this season. Zambrano, who is 4-3 with a 3.19 ERA overall, is 1-1 with a 1.85 ERA over his last five starts.
The 24-year-old right-hander lost his only career start against New York, allowing five runs and nine hits over six innings in a 5-3 defeat on June 6, 2003.
Jason Giambi carried the Yankees to that win with a three-run homer off Zambrano.
Giambi, who is hitting .247 with five home runs and 20 RBIs this season, has recently shown signs of breaking out of a season-long hitting slump that’s earned the slugger his share of boos at Yankee Stadium.
The enigmatic first baseman hit a two-run, 10th-inning homer off Jose Mesa to give New York a 7-5 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Then on Thursday, he followed up with a long RBI double in New York’s 6-1 win, which completed a three-game sweep.
“You look in his eyes and you know that he’s hurting at times, maybe not physically, but with everything he’s gone through,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said of Giambi. “I think sometimes we forget these players have blood running through their veins.”