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Column: Andy Green talks for first time about Padres firing, new role with Cubs

MESA, Ariz. —

Mention the name Andy Green to new Cubs manager David Ross and it’s like plugging in a Vegas casino sign for the first time. His face lights up, pure neon, as he rattles off the knowledge seeping into all corners of his first camp.

In a meeting Thursday, Green told pitcher Jon Lester he hated him when both played — a jarring moment, until all involved figured out it was the ultimate compliment.

Green shared with veteran Anthony Rizzo that, while a coach with the Diamondbacks, he showed video of his defensive work to Paul Goldschmidt as the All-Star chased gold gloves.