2/18 Numbers game

There were some familiar Cubs’ numbers on the field Thursday — Nos. 31 and 34.

Greg Maddux, now a special assistant to the GM, was in uniform wearing No. 31. That number was retired last year in honor of both Maddux and Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins. Maddux spent most of the first workout at Fitch Park watching the pitchers throw light bullpen sessions.

New addition Jeff Gray was wearing No. 34, which hasn’t been worn by a Cubs player since Kerry Wood. Gray, acquired from the Athletics, said he asked for the number.

“After realizing it, it was like really incredible to follow in his footsteps,” Gray said Thursday. “Hopefully, I can live up to it. It’s big shoes to fill. It’s going to be some fun. I’m pretty excited about it.”

Mike Fontenot got some grief from fans by wearing No. 17, which was Mark Grace’s number. Gray was prepared for some razzing.

“I’m wondering what’s going to happen,” he said. “I’m excited.”

— Carrie Muskat


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