5/17 LaHair’s streak ends
Bryan LaHair was 0-for-4 on Wednesday, ending his streak of reaching base safely at 32 games. That’s tied for the second-longest by a Cubs first baseman since 1945, joining Phil Cavarretta (32 games in 1945), Bill Buckner (32 games in 1981) and Derrek Lee (32 games in 2007). Andre Thornton had a 33-game run in 1975. LaHair said he never changed his approach during the streak.
“I keep it simple,” LaHair said. “I stick to my approach. I’ve been doing this for awhile. I’m just real comfortable at the plate, try to get on base for the team. I try to give guys like [Alfonso Soriano] and [Ian] Stewart the chance to drive me in, just like the guys in front of me are trying to let me drive them in. It’s a chain effect for the whole offense.”
LaHair did reach base on an error in the fourth but that does not extend his streak. The only at-bats that count are ones that increase on-base percentage, which include a base hit, walk, or hit-by-pitch.
The Cubs first baseman is one of the team’s top candidates for the All-Star Game.
“I’m humbled by the talk,” LaHair said. “That’s really all it is right now is talk. I’ve got to stay in the moment and prepare for tonight’s game. I never like to get too far ahead of myself. There’s a lot of good players in this league and a lot of guys with time served. I don’t know how the process works, I just try to do my part. If that kind of thing happens, it happens and it’d be great.”
— Carrie Muskat