9/25 Lee clears Guzman of bad 'love tap'
Derrek Lee says it wasn’t Angel Guzman’s fault that his neck spasms flared up and forced him to miss Friday’s game against the Giants.
The Cubs first baseman was not available because of the spasms, which he said were probably the result of a combination of his slide into second base on Thursday and possibly some exuberant congratulations in the duguout.
Guzman had been named as the guilty party but didn’t recall doing anything.
“I don’t know why people are saying that — that’s not true,” Lee said about blaming Guzman. “I don’t know what it was. It could’ve been the slide. When I sat down, it locked up.”
Lee stole second in the ninth to set up Jeff Baker’s game-winning two-run homer. When he got back to the dugout, he was slapped on the head by his teammates, and the double whammy may have aggravated his neck spasms. Lou Piniella called it a “love tap.”
“I don’t know what it was,” Lee said after the Cubs’ 3-0 win Friday over the Giants. “It just flares up some times and starts spasming. The slide probably started it. They should take [Guzman’s] name out of it. I never said that.”
— Carrie Muskat