Baker Mayfield vows it won’t be difficult to leave the silliness in the past.
“It’s an easy decision to make,” Mayfield said Friday, one day after the Cleveland Browns made him the first pick in the NFL draft. “It’s a blessing to have the responsibility and be in this position. So for me, it’s a simple choice to make the right decisions.”
“As competitive as I am, I don’t have to show it all the time. I can use that for behind the scenes when nobody’s around, the film, the hours you put in.”
Mayfield chose his Browns jersey number on Friday. The team released video of the quick affair.
Amid his success at Oklahoma, which included having the second-best passing efficiency mark (175.4) in FBS history, Mayfield also created obstacles for himself — an arrest for public intoxication in Arkansas; the situation against Kansas, which led to him being stripped of his captaincy the following game; plus other instances of taunting opponents before and after games, including a road win at Ohio State.
“Stuff like that, in between the lines, I’ll be very competitive,” he said, “but the other stuff, obviously, it can’t happen. I know that.”
The Cubs won Game 7 of that Series in Cleveland for their first championship since 1908. While the significance of the latest victory didn’t come close to matching that, the Chicago players were reminded of it everywhere they turned.
“I like to think about the World Series, especially about all of the adversity we faced,” Schwarber said. “That was the moment we all live for, and we want to get back to it.”
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who doubled and scored in the second, was excited about the return.
“Just walking off the bus, into the stadium, you get a sense of nostalgia,” he said. “The first thing I noticed when we got in the clubhouse was they replaced the carpet, which was nice. I think we messed it up pretty good. I was thinking about that great memory, walking around with my World Series champion shirt on.”
Even the weather was similar. Game 7 was delayed by rain in the 10th inning shortly before Chicago took the lead. This matchup was played in a steady rain that began before the first pitch.
The Cubs won three games in Cleveland’s ballpark during the 2016 Series and continued the trend against Josh Tomlin (0-3), who allowed all four homers. Schwarber connected leading off the second and fourth. Willson Contreras went deep in the third and Ian Happ homered in the fourth.