Jake Arrieta

Champion Cubs get started with fanfare, big expectations

Back home in Las Vegas this winter, Kris Byrant finally understood just how much the Cubs championship meant far beyond the Windy City.

He felt the constant love from fans just by seeing people in the streets wearing Chicago gear. Or when many recognized him and offered congratulations for his huge part in the franchise's first title in 108 years.

He's hard to miss at 6-foot-5, too.

"I didn't really realize how many fans we had around the country and I really got a sense of that this year," Bryant said Wednesday, when the World Series champs held their first pitchers and catchers workout of spring. "It was kind of hard to even go places in my...