9/9 Prime time Soriano
Alfonso Soriano picked the right NFL jersey to wear on Sunday. The Cubs players celebrated the start of pro football season by wearing their favorite jerseys, and Soriano picked Deion Sanders, Mr. Prime Time. Soriano was the Cubs’ prime time player on Sunday, hitting a tie-breaking two-run home run. He’s now closing in on 100 RBIs for the first time since 2005. Soriano, who didn’t hit his first homer of the season until May 15, now has 94 RBIs, the most in a single-season since he drove in 95 in 2006 with the Nationals.
“It’s like he’s on a mission right now,” Dale Sveum said. “Since May 15, him and [the Brewers’ Ryan] Braun are neck and neck in RBIs and homers. Sori’s had one heck of a 4 1/2 months to this point. It’s been pretty spectacular.”
He’s definitely not feeling his age.
“I’m 36 years old, working, and I don’t feel like 36,” Soriano said. “I have my hands and my power and that’s more important. I want to prove to my teammates and people outside that I’m 36 but I don’t feel like I’m 36 and I can do a lot of things in this game.”
— Carrie Muskat