Hero: Darwin Barney went 3-for-4 (all singles), was hit by a pitch, and scored twice.
I will use a quote from the character of Rudy on Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids to express my opinion of former Cubs infielder Ryan Theriot:
"Man, you're like school during the summer. No class!"
You would think that Theriot would be grateful for his experience with the Cubs. It was the organization that drafted and signed him and brought him to the majors in 2006. It was while with the Cubs, that Theriot was given the opportunity to become an everyday player in 2007 by manager Lou Piniella. Thanks to the Cubs, Theriot became a popular player on one of sports' most famous franchises. Thanks to the Cubs, Theriot became a millionaire.
Hero: Casey Coleman (3-2) allowed three runs - two earned - on five hits over seven innings while striking out four and walking two. Coleman, who did not allow a hit after the third, retired the last nine and 14 of the final 15 batters he faced.
The rivalry between the Cubs and Cardinals is generally considered as one of the three best in the major leagues, placed on a pedestal alongside the Yankees-Red Sox and Dodgers-Giants antagonisms. But when it comes to late-season drama, Cubs-Cardinals ranks far behind the other two classic rivalries.
A road trip to watch the Cubs play in St. Louis means having to endure a boring five-hour drive down less-than-scenic I-55 and scorching heat.
Hero: Starlin Castro, now hitting .320, went 4-for-5 and scored a pair of runs. The rookie shortstop is hitting .407 since the All-Star break.
I'm sure Tony La Russa had has reasons for deciding to bat his pitcher eighth back in 2007, but I was suspicious of his motives.
Volumes could be written about the mistakes Dusty Baker made during his tenure as Cubs manager (2003 - 2006) and I was very pleased when he finally rode his motorcycle out of town for the last time. But a criticism of Baker that I never agreed with was that he mismanaged his pitching staff so badly that he ruined Mark Prior's career and substantially harmed the productivity of Kerry Wood.