A Classic: Lilly vs. Soto
Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly was expected to start Tuesday night for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic vs. Puerto Rico in Miami. Cubs catcher Geovany Soto could be behind the plate for Puerto Rico. Whoever loses is eliminated, so one of those two Cubs would be coming back to Mesa and camp.
Who are the Cubs players rooting for?
“I root for Lilly,” Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster said.
“Lilly — he’s American, I’m American,” Micah Hoffpauir said. “I like Geo, too.”
“Geo,” Cubs catcher Welington Castillo said. “He’s my buddy.”
“I’m going to say Lilly, but that’s my catcher, too,” Jeff Samardzija said.
“I have to go with USA,” Jake Fox said. “Geo’s one of my favorite clubhouse guys but I have to root for my country.”
Andres Blanco had the best answer.
“Both are good,” Blanco said. “Can I go ‘even’?”
— Carrie Muskat