The National League scored five runs in the first and had the game pretty much decided at that point. Tony LaRussa, however, saw it fit to leave his starting shortstop in for 7 innings and use his backup first baseman as the third string first baseman. That was while a third baseman wore his glove to become the second first baseman. All that didn’t matter to Bryan LaHair, who had a good time anyway.
“It was awesome because the team came out banging and we had a dugout that was excited from the first inning on,” LaHair said.
The night was highlighted for LaHair when he batted against Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning.
“I tried to ambush his fastball but it didn’t work for me,” LaHair said of his groundout to shortstop. “I put it in play but I did not get enough barrel on it.”
And in true Cub fashion, he swung on the first pitch. In similarly Cub fashion, Starlin swung on the second pitch in his only at bat.
Now that we’re done with the All Star Game, we can start salivating in earnest about the upcoming trades the Cubs will be making. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Dodgers are interested in some of the Cubs’ pitching.
The Dodgers have long been known to be targeting Dempster and are seen as a favorite for him. But it turns out they’ve had conversations about Garza, as well.
It’s a good thing Hendry is no longer around. I don’t think I could handle another Maddux for Izturis or Lilly for DeWitt type trade.