Dose of reality
Watch out for “Dancing with the Stars,” Season 20: Mark DeRosa swept reality-show winner Julianne Hough off her feet today, dipping and spinning her in leftfield. His teammates and the crowd management staff whistled and cheered the two from the sidelines.
A budding music star, Hough is at the ballpark today to sing the seventh-inning stretch as part of Country Music Night.
Also seen around Wrigley Field
Jeff Lantz, former Iowa Cubs director of media relations, stopped by the Vine Line office to say hi. After 11 years in Des Moines, Iowa, Lantz got his promotion to the big leagues this spring with the Baltimore Orioles. I had the good fortune to see Lantz on the South Side back on April 25, while writing a Vine Line story on former Cubs now with the Orioles. It was his very first day on the job and he had just driven from Des Moines to Chicago, but you could tell then that being in a big-league clubhouse was a huge joy for him …
Best team in baseball means lots of attention. If you think the stands are getting crowded, the clubhouse had more reporters than players in it …
Former Cubs staff at the ballpark today: Orioles president Andy MacPhail, manager Dave Trembley, pitching coach Rick Kranitz and bullpen coach Alan Dunn. Pitcher Steve Trachsel would have made it five but was released by the club a couple weeks ago.
Bring on the (other) birds
Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (3-7, 3.51) takes the mound for the Orioles.
– Sean Ahmed