Let’s play another one. We got all kinds of stuff from between games, including a night-game lineup. First, Derrek Lee is back in there after missing Game 1 of the day-night doubleheader. He fouled a pitch off his left foot last night and went for X-rays today. Those proved negative, and D-Lee is good to go. On the other hand, third baseman Aramis Ramirez is not ready to go, and he may be next in what’s becoming a long line of Cubs to be shut down for the rest of the year.
“I'm not going to say that, but we'll see," Lou said.
Aramis is suffering lingering soreness from the dislocated shoulder he suffered in May.
Speaking of Reed Johnson, Ted Lilly came into the interview room after he pitched Game 1, and he was wearing a blue T-shirt that read, “With Reed we will succeed.”
Johnson is a free agent after this season, and Teddy Ballgame wants him back.
“Hey, I believe it,” Lilly said of the campaign slogan. “I definitely enjoy playing with the guy. Obviously, regardless of what happens with any of the players next year, our front office is going to do the best job that they can. One thing for sure is I don’t have the answers as to what we need to do. I’m busy as it as with my own job. They’re good at what they do.”
Johnson is one player who spoke up forcefully in support of playing in Chicago after Milton Bradley was suspended for the season on the last road trip, in part for saying disparaging things about playing for the Cubs and in Chicago.
“The story behind the shirt is I was given that shirt from one of the flight attendants," Reed said. “I guess one of their family members...they live in the suburbs and have a Reed Johnson fan club or whatever. They gave me that shirt. I didn’t have enough guts to put it on myself or even give it to one of my family members. Ted wears anything, so I just gave it to Ted.”
Johnson said he’d love to come back next year.
“Oh, yeah, for sure,” he said. “It’s a great organization. It’s the best two years of my career (that) have been spent here. Hopefully, I continue to be successful here.”
Other notes: Ryan Theriot had 3 of the Cubs’ 4 hits in Game 1. He has 171 hits. He had a career-best 178 least year. Theriot improved his batting average to .289 and his OBP to .349. Kosuke Fukudome extended his hitting streak to eight games. He’s 11-for-31 (.355) during the streak.