Scott Baker made his Cubs debut and pitched for the first time in a big league game since August of 2011. He underwent Tommy John surgery on April 17, 2012. The Cubs signed Baker to a one-year, $5.5 million contract in the off-season.
|Scott Baker made an impressive Cubs debut against the Brewers (photo by Karen Burchell)|
"There were some emotions there," Baker said. "It's been a long, long road, and I'm happy my family was here to share this moment. They're as much a part of this as I am." At least Baker finally got to make his first start since becoming a Cub, but who knows if he'll be around next season.
Now back to the rookie hazing costumes. Even though some people are offended by players dressing in embarrassing costumes for their roadtrip, I personally think it's fun to see and shows another side of the players (Although I do wonder if this year's lingerie theme may have been inspired by Miley Cyrus' controversial performance at the VMAs?) Here are some photos from Twitter:
|Cubs reliever Blake Parker signed for fans while in costume|
|Pitcher Chris Rusin in his rookie hazing costume|
|Junior Lake in his rookie hazing costume|
|Logan Watkins in his rookie hazing costume|
|Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in costume (even though he technically isn't a rookie!)|
|Zac Rosscup (and Brooks Raley behind him) in their rookie hazing costumes|
Tonight the Cubs and Reds will play the first game of a three-game series in Cincinnati. The Cubs will then travel to Pittsburgh and then Milwaukee before heading back to Chicago for the final homestand of the 2013 season. Travis Wood will start for the Cubs and try to earn his ninth win of the season. First pitch is at 6:10pm CT.