Harden update, Big Z's new look and a quiz
Rich Harden threw about 20 pitches off the mound on Sunday at Fitch Park and all reports were good. Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild and athletic trainer Mark O’Neal watched Harden’s workout. The right-hander is being closely monitored this spring to avoid aggravating his shoulder.
Also, Carlos Zambrano has shaved his mustache. He won’t be confused with a Pirate anymore.
And, Lou Piniella now knows who was the president when the Cubs last won the World Series. Do you know? An ESPN crew was asking some of the Cubs, and Piniella was stumped. Asked for a hint, he was told the name was the same as one of his pitchers.
“Well, it’s not Zambrano, I know that,” Piniella said.
Told it was one of the lefties, Piniella quipped: “The Marshall plan.” Well, neither Sean Marshall nor anyone else named Marshall has been president.
The correct answer is Theodore Roosevelt, which is Ted Lilly’s first and middle names. Lilly is not related to Roosevelt; his grandfather just liked the president. Piniella didn’t know Lilly’s full name but is now up to date on U.S. history. And now you know.
– Carrie Muskat