Results tagged ‘ Mark DeRosa ’

6/19 Lineup

Jake Fox is in the starting lineup at third base for the Cubs. It’ll be LF Soriano, SS Theriot, RF Bradley, 1B Lee, C Soto, 3B Fox, CF Johnson, 2B Blanco and P Harden.

“The young man swings the bat and we have to find a place for him,” Lou Piniella said of Fox, who has made one start this season and that was in right field.

And Mark DeRosa is in the Indians lineup, batting second and starting in left field.

— Carrie Muskat

We Believe, the movie

It isn’t often you see Ernie Banks, Hugh Hefner, Jeff Garlin, Kerry Wood, Mayor Daley, Buddy Guy, Lou Piniella, Ryne Sandberg, and Francis Cardinal George, the archbishop of Chicago, together. They’re all in “We Believe,” and if you’re a loyal Cubs fan, you will appreciate this documentary. The movie will have its Chicago premiere June 12, plus a special showing to the public that night (more on that later).

The film focuses on the powerful relationship between the Cubs, the city of Chicago, and its fans. The crew followed the ballclub last season, the 100th anniversary since the team last won the World Series. Key players from the 2008 team such as Wood, Ryan Theriot, Derrek Lee, Mark DeRosa, Ted Lilly, Ryan Dempster and Geovany Soto are all profiled. If you were a fan of Wood or DeRosa, you will miss them even more after seeing this.

There’s the usual discussion about the billy goat curse as well as “Cubby occurrences,” one of Piniella’s phrases. But the film intertwines the Cubs themselves with a history lesson on the ballclub and the city. That may sound dry, but it isn’t — the filmmakers have some unique video, including the earliest known footage of a Cubs game from 1909.

There’s a cool segment on musician Steve Goodman, and the “Go Cubs Go” song. Wood admits he didn’t like it at first, but then found himself humming the tune. The soundtrack is varied and a perfect fit, naturally including Frank Sinatra singing “My Kind of Town.” Among others interviewed are Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Costas, actor Dennis Franz, and George Will.

One of my favorite times at Wrigley Field is early, before anyone arrives, and that was beautifully captured in the film, as well as the loud, enthusiastic devotion by generations of Cubs fans. The city sparkles in this movie.

OK, premier info: There will be a public showing June 12 at 10:30 p.m. CT at the Chicago Theatre. Tickets are limited, and are available at the movie website,, as well as the theater itself, and Ticketmaster. Part of the proceeds will go to Derrek Lee’s Project 3000.

Director John Scheinfeld has been adding interviews as recently as last month (Daley was a late add, for example). The plan is for the movie to be distributed in theaters sometime in July, although exactly where has yet to be determined. They are hoping for a national release. There will be a DVD as well later this summer. We’ll keep you posted.

— Carrie Muskat

Break in the action

I’m missing the Milwaukee series, and can only watch highlights/lowlights on the video clips. Wasn’t surprised at Ryan Freel trade (shows how much they miss Mark DeRosa). The injury to Aramis Ramirez will definitely be a big blow unless players like Milton Bradley and Geovany Soto step up. I’ll be back Monday.

— Carrie Muskat

De-Ro update

Mark DeRosa just doubled off the backdrop in center field off Ted Lilly with two outs in the Indians’ fifth. The Cubs can only hope Lilly doesn’t pitch when the two teams meet in Interleague play June 19-21.

— Carrie Muskat


Mark DeRosa and Ted Lilly were teammates on the Cubs and on Team USA in the World Baseball Classic but on Sunday, DeRosa definitely had the upper hand. The former Cubs infielder hit the first pitch from Lilly over the left field fence for a two-run homer, and in the third inning, he launched a 2-1 pitch high off the scoreboard at HoHoKam Park in left to open a 3-0 lead.

— Carrie Muskat

3/29 Quick hits

Some news from the Cubs’ Minor League camp: left-handed pitcher Mark Pawelek, the No. 1 Draft pick in 2005, was released. So was outfielder Ryan Harvey, who was the team’s top selection in 2003.

Other notes:

  • Lou Piniella had a chance to say hello to former Cub Mark DeRosa before the game. “Mark looks wonderful,” Piniella said. “He’ll do a good job for Cleveland. He’s a professional.” Piniella saw former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood about a month ago at a Phoenix area restaurant. “Both guys are outstanding guys and they’ll do well for Cleveland,” Piniella said of DeRosa and Wood. DeRosa celebrated his return by hitting the first pitch from Ted Lilly over the left field wall for a home run.
  • Reed Johnson’s hand is fine after he was hit by a pitch. He did not start Sunday because he played in Tucson on Saturday.
  • Friday’s game in New York will be broadcast on the MLB Network, while Saturday’s game will be on Comcast Sports.

— Carrie Muskat

3/29 Lineup

Former Cubs Kerry Wood and Mark DeRosa are both expected in Mesa for Sunday’s game between the Cubs and Indians at HoHoKam Park. DeRosa will start at third and bat second. The Cubs will counter with LF Alfonso Soriano, SS Ryan Theriot, 1B Derrek Lee, RF Milton Bradley, 3B Aramis Ramirez, 2B Mike Fontenot, C Geovany Soto, CF Joey Gathright and P Ted Lilly.

Expect a decision on who will be the closer Sunday before first pitch.

— Carrie Muskat