3/26 Numbers game
When the season starts, some of the Cubs players will have new uniform numbers, including manager Dale Sveum. Dioner Navarro wanted No. 30, which Travis Wood has worn since joining the team, but Wood will wear No. 37. Sveum is giving up No. 33 to pitcher Carlos Villanueva, and the Cubs manager will wear No. 4. Sveum had noticed that Villanueva had “33” on his cleats, and found out that was the pitcher’s preferred number.
No. 30 is very special to Navarro.
“It’s because my wife had a brain aneurysm on Sept. 27, and she had her surgery on Sept. 30, and they gave her a four percent chance of being alive,” Navarro said. “Ever since then, I’ve been wearing No. 30.”
When Navarro explained why No. 30 was special to Wood, the pitcher gave it up.
“He understood,” Navarro said.
By the way, Navarro’s wife is doing well and has no problems.
— Carrie Muskat