Hero: Darwin Barney went 3-for-4 (all singles), was hit by a pitch, and scored twice.
I remember fondly throughout my childhood the February day in which my father would bring home a stack of baseball preview magazines.
I would devour those things and have continued the practice into adulthood. All of that reading material has helped me get through those final few weeks without baseball, but I learned long ago that such publications should not be believed as gospel.
Consider me among those who has been underwhelmed by the Cubs' offseason activity up to this point, but it seems that every piece of less-than-exciting news has been surrounded by a silver lining.
Hero: Aramis Ramirez (2-for-4) collected his 1,600th career hit with an RBI single in the first inning and his 1,601st with a two-run homer (22nd of the season) in the third. Ramirez, who is hitting .243 on the season and .295 since the All-Star break, has hit safely in 12 of his last 16 games and has 25 multi-hit games on the season.
I was glad that our publisher, Steve Rhodes, brought to my attention some of the recent work of Daily Herald sports columnist Barry Rozner regarding the sad state of the Cubs.
Hero: Ted Lilly, if he is traded later this week, had the best final two outings by a Cubs pitcher before being dealt since Steve Trout in 1987. But Lilly had nothing to show for his efforts.