Results tagged ‘ Ryan Theriot ’

7/24 Throwing heat

Andrew Cashner wasn’t feeling well Saturday. He woke up with a sore throat and was coughing up phlegm all day. All he asked bullpen coach Lester Strode was that if the Cubs needed the rookie right-hander, they had to get him up one time to warm up and that’s it. It worked.

Cashner threw two innings in relief in Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Cardinals and did give up a run but he also showed he’s not afraid.

The Cardinals had two on, nobody out and Albert Pujols up. Cashner fired three straight 100 mph fastballs after the count reached 3-2. The Cardinals slugger fouled the first two off and ended up with a sacrifice fly.

Cashner’s plan?

“Not giving in,” he said. “He’s one of the best hitters in the game. If I’m going to get beat, I’m going to get beat with my fastball with him.”

“He’s mature beyond his years,” Ryan Theriot said of Cashner. “He’s aggressive. He’s not afraid to shake off a pitch. What I’ve noticed is a lot of young pitchers, they just throw whatever sign is put down. [Cashner] has a plan and he’s executing that plan.”

Cashner doesn’t look at the stadium radar gun readings.

“The other guys talk about it but that’s not something I pay attention to,” he said.

Rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin saw the 100 readings. Would he like to stand in against that?

“I like a challenge,” Colvin said.

— Carrie Muskat

7/23 Cubs Cookbook now on sale

Want to make Ryan Theriot’s favorite jambalaya? Or Lou Piniella’s chicken salad? The Cubs Cookbook was officially released Friday, and features more than 60 recipes from players past, present and future. Proceeds from the sale benefit Ryan Dempster’s foundation.

Ted Lilly and bullpen catcher Corey Miller came up with the idea for the cookbook in Spring Training. They wanted to do something to help Dempster’s cause, which is to raise awareness of 22q (DiGeorge syndrome), which his daughter, Riley, has.

The books also include a history of food at Wrigley Field plus several recipes from some of Chicago’s top restaurants. Players who didn’t have a favorite recipe to make suggested something from a local establishment. For example, Derrek Lee orders the parmesan crusted filet at Wildfire every time he goes there. Greg Maddux likes the potatoes at Rosebud.

It’s a great gift — and was done for a great cause.

— Carrie Muskat

7/23 Lineup & Colvin

The Cubs have tried four different leadoff men this season and have yet to settle on the No. 1 guy. Ryan Theriot has been at the top of the order the most this season but lately Lou Piniella has leaned on rookie Tyler Colvin. On Friday, Colvin launched his first leadoff homer in his ninth start at No. 1. It’s the second leadoff blast by a Cubs player this season. Kosuke Fukudome also did so July 5 in Arizona.

“Colvin just has to learn the strike zone better — he chases pitches,” Piniella said prior to thes game. “That’s experience. [Starlin] Castro has done a nice job [batting second].”

Theriot’s on-base percentage has dropped. He does lead the team in stolen bases and having him bat eighth gives the Cubs some speed there. Theriot may be batting .276 but he only has 10 doubles in his 100 hits.

“What we’d like to see is for him to drive the ball a little bit and get a few more extra base hits,” Piniella said.

The next Cubs manager may want to put leadoff hitter at the top of his wish list.

“That’s something over the course of time that has to be addressed,” Piniella said. “The leadoff hitter sets the tone of the ballgame. If you have somebody who first of all can get on with a good on-base percentage and manufacture runs by stealing, it’s nice to have.”

In case you didn’t get Friday’s lineup, here it is:

RF Colvin

SS Castro

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

C Soto

2B Theriot

P Wells

— Carrie Muskat

7/21 Wells & Theriot host concert Aug. 4

Carter Kettner was 6 years old when he died on May 12 but the youngster left a lasting impression on Randy Wells. The Cubs pitcher met the boy last year when he visited Wrigley Field before a Cubs game. Kettner had brain cancer.

“He came in last year out of the blue for a Make A Wish [event],” Wells said Wednesday. “He got some autographs and we went out in the dugout and I just hung out with him.

“It was unbelievable how his family dealt with it and stayed strong for him,” Wells said. “They were probably torn up inside that their child was going to die. I don’t want kids to have to go through that. I want to make their time as good as possible.”

Wells is teaming up with Cubs second baseman Ryan Theriot to host the first Red Dirt Fest on Aug. 4 at benefit Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. For $30, fans will see some of Wells’ favorite bands such as Stoney LaRue, Brandon Jenkins and Randy Rogers performing at Joe’s Bar in Chicago.

Wells has a photo of Kettner in his locker and sees that smile every day. It’s his inspiration.

“I wanted to do something for him but I didn’t think it was fair just to do something for one person when there are a lot of kids out there dealing with the same stuff,” he said. “[The concert] seemed like a good fit.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/20 Mystery ball a success

The Mystery Ball Tuesday was a huge success. Chicago Cubs Charities and Ryan Theriot teamed up to raise $22,000 for Gulf Coast relief. More than 900 baseballs signed by Cubs players and coaches sold out before the game began. Theriot and Derrek Lee also appeared at the gates to Wrigley Field to sign baseballs for fans entering the park.

— Carrie Muskat 

7/18 Work shift

Have you been watching the Cubs’ defensive alignment when the Phillies’ Ryan Howard is at the plate. Second baseman Ryan Theriot moves to shallow right in front of right fielder Tyler Colvin, who plays very deep. Shortstop Starlin Castro moves behind second and third baseman Aramis Ramirez is positioned where the shortstop normally is.

“It’s weird,” Theriot said Sunday.

The Cubs use the same shift when facing Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder and Washington’s Adam Dunn. It worked in the fifth Sunday as Howard grounded out to Theriot. The Cubs infielder does keep an eye on Colvin.

“I do check and see where he is,” Theriot said. “If it’s a fly ball, I’ll let him catch it.”

It’s a bizarre looking alignment.

“It’s bizarre to be out there,” Theriot said.

— Carrie Muskat


7/18 Mystery ball event Tuesday

If you’re coming to Tuesday’s Cubs game vs. the Astros, be prepared for a little mystery. Ryan Theriot and Cubs Charities have teamed up to create a “Mystery Ball” sale at Wrigley Field. Proceeds will benefit the National Wildlife Federation in support of its Gulf Coast relief efforts.

Sales will take place in front of the Wrigley Field gates, so even if you don’t have a ticket, you can still purchase a “Mystery Ball” or make a contribution.

Each Cubs player plus manager Lou Piniella plus “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks and select Cubs alumni have autographed baseballs for the event. More than 1,000 baseballs will be sold. Each signed baseball will be placed in a brown bag and distributed randomly at the entrance gates. Fans can purchase a mystery ball for $20.

Fans may purchase the items when the gates open at 5:05 p.m. CT. Balls will be sold until the third inning or until supplies last.

— Carrie Muskat


7/17 Marmol walks 5 in 2/3 inning

When Carlos Marmol walked five batters in two-thirds of an inning Saturday, he became the first Cubs reliever to walk that many in one inning since Johnny Vander Meer walked five of the 10 batters he faced in one inning at Philadelphia on July 27, 1950.

“Things happen,” second baseman Ryan Theriot said of Marmol. “You can’t be perfect all year. Carlos has been lights out for us and he’ll continue to be lights out for us. I fully anticipate him to be out there closing games for us.”

The last time a Cubs pitcher walked at least five batters in an outing of less than
one inning was June 11, 1920, when Speed Martin walked five of the seven batters he faced in two-thirds of an inning at Philadelphia. Martin started that game and failed to get out of the first inning.

“That was my responsibility,” Marmol said after the game. “When I walked those two guys, that’s on me.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/15 Theriot helps Gulf Coast

Ryan Theriot and Chicago Cubs Charities have teamed up to create a “Mystery Ball” sale at Wrigley Field. Proceeds will benefit the National Wildlife Federation in support of its Gulf Coast relief efforts. Fans can participate July 20 when the Cubs face the Astros. Sales will take place in front of the Wrigley Field gates, so those without a ticket can also purchase a “Mystery Ball” or make a contribution.

Each Cubs player, plus Lou Piniella, plus Ernie Banks and select Cubs alumni have autographed baseballs for that night. More than 1,000 will be sold. Each signed baseball will be placed in a brown bag and distributed randomly at Wrigley Field’s entrance gates. Fans can purchase a mystery ball for $20, with proceeds benefitting Chicago Cubs Charities and the National Wildlife Federation.

Fans can purchase the mystery ball when the gates open at 5:05 p.m. CT. They’ll be sold until the third inning or until supplies last.

— Carrie Muskat

7/8 Byrd's the word

It was quite the night for Marlon Byrd. He made a great catch in the fifth, a baserunning gaffe, and was ejected in the ninth. First base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt said Byrd went around on his swing in the ninth, although the Cubs center fielder disagreed. As he headed to the dugout, Byrd was muttering to himself and somehow the umpire heard him.

“The umpire at first base said he heard him talking to him, complaining to him,” Lou Piniella said. “That was it.”

Byrd called it a “misunderstanding.”

“I was talking to myself, going over the at-bat in my head, and Hunter thought I was talking to him,” Byrd said. “When I was walking toward him, I wasn’t even thinking. I was walking toward him to have a conversation and you can’t do that.”

Byrd also made one of two baserunning miscues in the third. Ryan Theriot singled with one out and was caught stealing. Byrd then singled, but was nabbed in a rundown as he overran the bag.

“I was trying to be aggressive, hoping the ball would kick away,” Byrd said. “It was sort of stupid baserunning on my part, especially with two outs, and Derrek Lee coming up. You have to stay on the bag and hopefully get something going.”

Byrd did make a stellar catch in the Dodgers fifth. With two outs, Clayton Kershaw reached on an error by Aramis Ramirez and Randy Wells hit Rafael Furcal. Matt Kemp lofted the ball toward the gap in right center and Byrd tracked it down at the wall to end the inning.

“Right when he hit it, I had to put my head down and run to a spot and hopefully I didn’t lose it because it was twilight time,” Byrd said. “I got to the spot and thank goodness, I had enough speed to get out there.”

— Carrie Muskat