Results tagged ‘ Marlon Byrd ’

12/21 Wood, Z, Pena at convention

Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano and new first baseman Carlos Pena will be among the players attending the 2011 Cubs Convention, Jan. 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago. Wood, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract last Friday to return to the Cubs, will be among the players attending the winter fan fest and will be joined by Zambrano, Aramis Ramirez, Marlon Byrd, Carlos Marmol, Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro.

Cubs manager Mike Quade will answer fans questions, and attendees will get to meet prospects Chris Archer, Jay Jackson, Chris Carpenter and DJ LeMahieu.

A limited number of convention passes are available for purchase by visiting http://www.cubs.com or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. Each weekend pass is $60 plus convenience fees, with proceeds to benefit Chicago Cubs Charities. Passes include access to all autograph/photo opportunities, question and answer sessions, memorabilia and vendor booths, as well as interactive areas for fans of all ages.

– Carrie Muskat

10/2 Z lobbies for Dunn

Looking ahead to next season, Carlos Zambrano says the Cubs need another big bat in the lineup. And he has the right man for the job in Adam Dunn.

“I want that guy,” Zambrano said. “He wants to play for us, not only this year but two years ago. He told me he wants to play at Wrigley Field badly.”

The Cubs pitcher said Dunn said he wanted to take aim at Wrigley Field in 2008 when he was traded by the Reds to the Diamondbacks. This year, Dunn was batting .260 with 38 homers and 103 RBIs for the Nationals. Aramis Ramirez leads the Cubs with 25 homers and 83 RBIs.

“When you see a guy who wants to play for an organization and he wants to give everything he has for that organization, that says a lot,” Zambrano said. “I want to see him here next year here but if we can’t sign him, we can’t do it.”

Zambrano said the Cubs need someone in the mix to protect Ramirez and Marlon Byrd. The team dealt Derrek Lee, who had been the No. 3 hitter, to the Braves on Aug. 13 and Xavier Nady took over at first. Nady will be a free agent after this season.

“We need that extra bat in the lineup next year,” Zambrano said.

– Carrie Muskat

9/27 Cubs lineup vs Padres

The Padres need one win to clinch at least a tie for first in the NL West, and they’ll face Carlos Zambrano Monday night at PETCO Park. Marlon Byrd is back after missing two days. He was hit in the right eye by a foul ball, which left a nasty bruise. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Nady
LF Soriano
2B DeWitt
C Hill
P Zambrano

– Carrie Muskat

9/26 Extra bases – UPDATED

Tom Gorzelanny will get one more start before the regular season ends on Thursday against the Padres. The left-hander lasted 3 1/3 innings on Friday against the Cardinals, his first start since Sept. 1. He had been sidelined after being struck by a line drive by the Pirates’ Jose Tabata. Ryan Dempster (14-11, 3.87 ERA) will start Tuesday and in the regular season finale next Sunday.

* Marlon Byrd’s right eye was still swollen and bruised after taking a foul ball off his face. on “If I needed him today, I’m sure he’d run out and play his heart out,” Mike Quade said of Byrd. “Let’s give him a couple days and we’ll try him in San Diego. In my mind, we’re just having him ready for San Diego tomorrow.”

* WGN Radio broadcaster Ron Santo will not make the team’s final road trip to San Diego and Houston. Santo will host a walk-a-thon to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Oct. 3 in Chicago.

* Cubs players and coaches threw balls and souvenirs into the stands prior to Sunday’s game, the last home game at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have topped 3 million fans for the seventh consecutive year.

“It’s the end of a long grind but we’ll have some fun today and enjoy the crowd and spend some time with the fans,” Quade said. “It’s just phenomenal the support we get. It’s always been from when I was 7 years old to 53 now.”

* The Cubs rookies had some colorful costumes to wear on the plane ride to San Diego instead of their normal street clothes. It was rookie hazing day at Wrigley. Thomas Diamond was dressed as a chicken, Andrew Cashner was dolled up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, while Marcos Mateo had an elaborate Cleopatra get-up. James Russell had an appropriate cowgirl dress.

“I like their taste,” Russell said of whomever selected the costumes. “It’s a little Western wear and I’ve got piece of Texas in me.”

Outfielder Brad Snyder had fishnet stockings, a purple sequined top and purple, green and gold wig.

“I never played dress-up as a kid,” he said.

It’s all in good fun.

* Albert Pujols has hit 25 home runs at Wrigley Field, tied for the most by an active player with Washington’s Adam Dunn. Pujols has 47 homers against the Cubs, the most against any opponent. “Just another park, man,” Pujols said.

* The Cubs bullpen has a 1.51 ERA (nine earned runs in 53 2/3 innings) in the last 18 games dating to Sept. 6.

– Carrie Muskat

9/26 Cubs lineup – last home game

Blake DeWitt will bat third for the fourth time in his career in the Majors. He’s there Sunday for the Cubs’ home finale. DeWitt is 1-for-5 in those three previous games, and has scuffled a bit this month, hitting .185. He’s 1-for-3 against St. Louis’ Jake Westbrook. No Marlon Byrd. Here’s the Cubs lineup:

CF Fuld
SS Castro
2B DeWitt
1B Nady
RF Fukudome
LF Soriano
3B Scales
C Castillo
P Samardzija

– Carrie Muskat

9/25 Cubs lineup vs Cardinals

Marlon Byrd’s right eye is swollen and he has a small cut under his eye after being hit by a foul ball on Friday. Byrd was not in the lineup Saturday for Game 2 against the Cardinals. Here’s the order:

2B DeWitt
SS Castro
RF Fukudome
3B Ramirez
1B Hoffpauir
LF Soriano
CF Fuld
C HIll
P Coleman

– Carrie Muskat

9/24 Ouch – Byrd UPDATE

Marlon Byrd was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Friday after taking a foul ball off the right side of his face. Byrd had a small facial cut and bruise after he was hit by the wall in the third inning. He fouled off a pitch from Adam Wainwright that hit the ground, then bounced and struck him on the right side of his face. Byrd stayed to finish his at-bat, struck out, and was lifted defensively in the fourth. He was day to day.

– Carrie Muskat

9/24 Byrd is the word

Marlon Byrd has struggled lately at the plate, batting .224 in September, and was hitting .215 in the No. 3 spot in the batting order. He took over when Derrek Lee was traded Aug. 18 to the Braves.

“I find the three-hole has nothing to do with that,” Mike Quade said of Byrd’s numbers. “He loves the challenge. There’s not a challenge on this planet that he doesn’t enjoy.

“He’s our best hitter day in and day out average-wise,” Quade said. “He had a lot of success in the three-hole before struggling a little bit lately. It’s the ups and downs of the season. You watch him play and how hard he plays and he never wants a day off.”

When Byrd made the great catch Thursday, the Giants had an 11-0 lead. He could’ve let the ball drop.

“He’s oblivious [to the score],” Quade said. “When it comes to effort, the score doesn’t matter. You want that in everybody. He’s got a job to do and takes great pride in his defense. You’re going to see him leave his feet no matter what the situation was.”

The wind Thursday also made the play tough.

“That [catch and effort] is who he is,” Quade said. “That exemplifies to me, who Marlon Byrd is.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/21 Nice guy

The start of Tuesday’s Cubs game is being delayed by lightning and rain in the area but Marlon Byrd is entertaining fans by signing autographs. He’s kneeling on top of the Cubs dugout to sign anything fans offer — hats, photos, programs, whatever.

– Carrie Muskat

9/13 Cubs Cookbook update

Thanks to everyone who has purchased a copy of the Cubs Cookbook. It ranked 15th in sales among Sports & Recreation books for the week ending Sept. 5, according to the Wall Street Journal. Looking for a gift idea? Or just want to make Marlon Byrd’s baked ziti? Remember, proceeds from the sale go to Ryan Dempster’s foundation. The cookbook features more than 60 recipes from Cubs players, past and present, as well as Lou Piniella’s wife Anita’s chicken salad and a pecan-crusted fish entree from Mike Quade. Plus, there are recipes from some of Chicago’s top restaurants, such as Harry Caray’s, Hub 51, Wildfire, Twin Anchors and more. You can purchase the cookbook at Chicago area Jewel stores and Meijer stores, as well as online at Cubs.com (Go to the “Fans” section or do a search).

– Carrie Muskat

 
 

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