Sean Marshall’s fondest memory, Edwin Jackson and a birthday

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 minemarshall

“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!


18 thoughts on “Sean Marshall’s fondest memory, Edwin Jackson and a birthday

  1. juliedicaro says:

    Sean Marshall playing LF is also one of my fondest memories, as he looked terrified the entire time. It was awesome.

  2. NotAgain says:

    That was pretty cool, yes.

  3. johnnywest333 says:

    So this is what we’ve resorted to.

  4. johnnywest333 says:

    If one of your fondest memories includes Groggles, I may suggest you start drinking early today.

  5. mightybear says:

    Awesome article. Thanks Hoosier.

  6. juliedicaro says:

    Ahahahahaha. Groggles. Sigh.

  7. juliedicaro says:

    Johnny — what the hell else are we supposed to resort to? Want to debate whether or not Baez is a headcase like everyone else has this week?

  8. juliedicaro says:

    Cubs sign Jason Hammels. For some reason, people are writing entire blog posts about this.

  9. juliedicaro says:

    Jason Hammel. Whatever.

  10. Matt says:

    The best thing about Marshall in left was at that point, that I felt better about him out there than Soriano.

  11. juliedicaro says:

    Jason Hammel gets 1-year, $6M with incentives.

    Tomorrow morning at 8 am, Cubs VP of marketing Julian Green is going to debate the RTA’s rep on The Score. Get the popcorn ready.

  12. johnnywest333 says:

    Julie – I like the head case idea. Maybe we can write up the Cubs top 5 or 10 head case’s of all time piece. We all know their are some real winners on that list.

  13. juliedicaro says:

    Haaaa. I love this idea.

  14. NotAgain says:

    *raises hand* Ooooo, ooooo, I know who’s number 1!!!!

    1. psymar says:

      Joe Tinker? Frank Chance? //hahaonlyserious
      Seriously, read up on those two before you automatically put Bradley-Zambrano 1-2. They didn’t speak to each other off the field for something like 10 years.
      And quite frankly, if the list goes top 10 I think Maddux should be in there somewhere. Great, successful pitcher? yes. Crazy? Also yes. Just not destructively crazy.

  15. Doc Blume says:

    Jason Hammel was a serviceable pitcher for the Rockies, as memory recalls. And I thought he was one of Baltimore’s best pitchers 2 or 3 years ago. I don’t remember hearing much about him last year.

  16. Doc Blume says:

    We’ve also got a James McDonald…he was servicable for the Pirates once upon a time too.

  17. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I loved that moment too.

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