After I’d posted yesterday’s thread and gone to work, the Cubs got busy and traded Jeff Baker. They also managed to call up Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson. Jackson got the start in center field and got his first two Major League hits along with a walk and a run scored.
“I’ve just been soaking it in,” said Jackson, the Cubs’ newest center fielder. “I was thrown into the game and was in game mode all day. I’m sure it will sink in more tonight. I caught myself laughing a couple times — ‘You’ve got to be kidding me right now.’ It’s a pretty indescribable feeling, inspiring. I look forward to the days and hopefully years to come.”
Was Josh Vitters nervous when he flew out pinch-hitting in the seventh?
“It made it a little bit easier because we were so tired and out of it because we didn’t get any sleep,” Vitters said. “We were like zombies on the plane, we couldn’t really think. It was hard to be nervous. We tried to sleep so we could perform well when we got here.”
So, Mr. Jed Hoyer, why call them up now?
‘‘If they have success, wonderful,’’ general manager Jed Hoyer said. ‘‘If they struggle a little bit, hopefully they’ll learn from those struggles, and they can spend the whole offseason working on those things.
‘‘I don’t really see a downside for either one of those guys as far as development goes.’’
I guess we’ll trust you. And thank you for something interesting happening during this five-game losing streak.