|Travis Wood wasn't able to extend his 4-game winning streak against the Marlins on Tuesday night (photo from Chicago Tribune)|
Tonight was former Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano's first time returning to Wrigley Field since being traded to the Marlins in the offseason for Chris Volstad. Big Z said, "I still love these fans. Once again, I apologize for any inconvenience and anything that I did. The only thing that I wanted to do in Chicago is win, and I really apologize to the Cubs fans and the people here who treated me good." Zambrano is not scheduled to pitch during the Marlins-Cubs series.
The Cubs entered tonight's game with the best record in the major leagues since June 25th at 12-4. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said, "Obviously, when you win, it's a lot funner to do anything. There's one thing I try not to do is be any different winning or losing, but there's no doubt the hitch in your giddy-up is a lot better when you're winning than when you're losing. You don't do anything different. You prepare the same and do everything the same, and whatever happens happens." It's always fun to see the Cubs win, no matter what their record is, but I don't think "funner" is an actual word, Dale!
In other Cubs news, Ron Santo, the former Cubs third baseman and radio color commentator, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this coming Sunday in Cooperstown, NY. Santo's wife, Vicki, will be speaking at the induction ceremony.
|Ron Santo will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Cooperstown, NY (photo from cubs.com)|
"He probably would've been floating on air. I was thinking how the season would've been -- it's such a special year. To have seen him actually get that call would've been priceless. Life's all about timing, and it typifies his life and everything he's dealt with. Nothing ever came easy, so why should this?"
|Ron Santo's signature "heel click" after a Cubs win in 1969 (photo from Chicago Tribune)|
Some surprising Cubs news: President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein apparently has a stalker who followed him to Chicago all the way from Boston. 44-year old Kathleen Kearney was arrested around 6pm Monday night in the 1400 block of West Addison Street, near Epstein's home, after Epstein identified her as the person who had been previously warned about stalking him in Boston.
|Cubs President Theo Epstein has a stalker who followed him to Chicago from Boston (US Presswire photo)|
|Kathleen Kearney was arrested on two felony counts of stalking Cubs President Theo Epstein on Monday (photo from Chicago Police)|