Chicago Cubs: Looking back at some awkward homecomings

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Chicago Cubs: Plenty of fan-favorites on the North Side have gone on to play for other teams over the years, and their returns to Wrigley Field can get mixed reactions.

Chicago Cubs fans certainly do not forget their hometown heroes, even after they have left. In recent years we have seen the likes of Jake Arrieta, Starlin Castro and Dexter Fowler return to Wrigley Field in an opposing uniform for the first time to a standing ovation. Who could forget 2009 when Kerry Wood returned in an Indians uniform to a roaring ovation?

Unfortunately, not all homecomings have been warm and fuzzy at Wrigley Field. Some former fan-favorites have returned to Wrigley only to get greeted by either boo’s, mixed reactions or just a lukewarm reaction as a whole.

The reasons for these not-so-friendly reactions vary, but this has happened multiple times over the past several decades for players who were once very important to the Cubs. This is what we will explore in this piece.

Here are some memorable homecomings for former Cubs heroes that were not initially given a hero’s welcome.