CHICAGO -- It was 80 degrees, sunny and cloudless, when Clayton Richard followed the handmade signs that guide visitors down the labyrinthine path from the visitor’s clubhouse to the green pasture of Wrigley Field.
“It’s nice,” Richard said, grinning. “It’s like this every day in San Diego. It’s a little warmer here.”
Richard, the tall, ever-smiling ex-White Sox pitcher, was traded to the Padres on July 31 last year, along with Aaron Poreda and two other dudes you’ve probably never heard of, for a guy you have heard of, Jake Peavy.