Porter was selected by Chicago in the 40th round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft and played for the Cubs during the 1999 season. He collected his first hit against the Reds on Sept. 7.
Porter's time with the Cubs was brief (24 games), but it was long enough for him to develop an appreciation of Wrigley.
"One of the things I love about Chicago is the day games," he said. "You actually get to have a family life. You can sit down and have dinner with your family. That's one of the reasons we made this a family trip, because of the day games."
All three games of the series are day games, which changes the normal routine of the players.
"You have to be disciplined," Porter said. "That's what it comes down to. You know you have three day games. These guys are professionals. They'll get their rest."
John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.