8/20 D-Lee's debut
Derrek Lee parked in the same parking lot and walked down the same concourse he’s walked through for seven years. But instead of a short walk to the home clubhouse, he had to go a little further to the visitor’s side at Wrigley Field.
Lee is wearing No. 27 with the Braves now after being traded Wednesday for three Minor League pitchers. He was batting fourth in the lineup Friday against the Cubs. Does Lou PIniella have a good scouting report on the first baseman?
“I think we know him pretty well,” Piniella said. “It’s just a question of making good pitches to him. In the St. Louis series, he swung the bat as well as he did all year.”
Lee did receive a standing ovation from the Wrigley Field crowd before his first at-bat and he tipped his batting helmet. Then he flew out to left on the first pitch.
Rookie Tyler Colvin worked out at first base for the second day and if all goes well, he’ll make his debut there next week during the Cubs’ series against the Nationals. Xavier Nady started at first on Friday.
Lee signed autographs and acknowledged the fans, many still wearing his No. 25 jersey.
“It’ll be strange watching him come up to bat in an Atlanta uniform,” Piniella said. “We wish him well over there but not necessary in this series.”
— Carrie Muskat