You might have heard a thing or two from the Chicago Cubs that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of Wrigley Field. To commemorate the centennial, Carrie Muskat decided to do a series interviewing former Cubs about their favorite moments at Wrigley Field. The first installment was posted yesterday, and includes Sean Marshall. It turns out that one of his fondest memories is also one of mine.
“The second one was when Lou [Piniella] made a switch mid-inning, and I thought he was taking me out. I ended up going to left field and playing defense. I was a left fielder for one out [in July 2009]. Aaron Heilman was throwing sinkers in to somebody and I thought for sure a ball would be popped out to me. Meanwhile, the fans in the left-field bleachers are chanting ‘We Are,’ and the fans in the right-field bleachers were chanting ‘Marshall’ — ‘We Are Marshall!’ I was just standing there, laughing to myself. That was something I would always remember.
“It’s tough [at Wrigley], because the amenities aren’t quite up with some of the other ballparks. But once you go on the field, that stuff is all forgotten. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful ballparks that I’ve ever played at. It’s one of the most beautiful ballparks in the world. There’s a lot of history there and a lot of players have stepped on that field. To be part of that and part of the Cubs’ tradition for six years or so was pretty cool.”
If you’d like to relive that magical moment by video, you can watch it here. I didn’t remember that it was on Sunday Night Baseball, so be prepared for a little bit of Joe Morgan in that.
As for current Cubs, Edwin Jackson is ready to wash away his 2013 in favor of a great 2014.
“I’m definitely hoping for better results,” Jackson said. “As an athlete, when you have a season like I had last year, if anything it makes you way more eager to start the next season.
“That itch comes quicker and you’re more ready and more excited to go out and perform the way you know you can perform.”
His 2013 did involve a bit of bad luck, so I think we can expect a better Edwin.
There was some bad luck involved — his FIP (Fielder Independent Pitching) and xFIP (Expected FIP) sat at 3.79 and 3.86, right around his career norms. That creates some optimism for a bounce-back season in 2014.
Finally, today is the 83rd birthday of Ernie Banks. Happy Birthday, Mr. Cub!