EMERGENCY UPDATE: Brent Lillibridge waived, Takhashi DFA’d, and Kevin Gregg (aka Groggles) is in the bullpen. Holy hell.
Before we get to the big return of Darwin Barney, I have an issue with Lance Berkman:
After 83 career games played at Wrigley Field, former Astro Lance Berkman is not fond of the Chicago Cubs’ home.
“If they’re looking for a guy to push the button when they blow the place up, I’ll do it,” Berkman said Monday to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Chicago’s one of the worst places in baseball … really for anything,” he said.
Berkman’s current team, The Texas Rangers (8-5), are slated for a three-game interleague series against the Cubs (4-5) that starts today.
Along with Chicago’s reputation for bad weather, Berkman has struggled at Wrigley. His batting average is .215 with 83 strikeouts in 289 at-bats.
Ah yes. Lance Berkman. The man who has played at such hallowed ballparks as the Astro Dome, Old Busch Stadium, and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. How can Wrigley Field even hope to measure up to any of these gems of the baseball world? And besides, who doesn’t want the opinion of a scholar and a gentleman like Lance? After all, how can someone with the nickname “Fat Elvis” not be a bastion of good taste and grooming?
And of course, the fact that pitchers can hit the ball out of Wrigley and he can’t has nothing to do with his feelings.