Once we get started …
It’s left-hander John Lannan (6-12, 3.81) on the mound for Washington, which is why Lou has elected to go with all righties (aside from Marquis) in the lineup.
Lord Stanley’s visit
Former Blackhawk Chris Chelios is visiting today, though he’s receiving considerably less attention than the huge hunk of silver he’s towing along with him. Chelios brought the Stanley Cup, won by the Detroit Red Wings this past June, to show off around the dugout.
Team photographer Steve Green is out there now following Chelios. We’ll post blogs as soon as they’re available.
Expect it to make an appearance during the seventh inning on WGN …
Humbled at Humboldt
Visits by Geovany Soto and Carlos Zambrano made for an electric atmosphere Wednesday afternoon, as the two Cubs helped break ground on new Little Cubs Field in the Chicago neighborhood of Humboldt Park.
The Cubs’ Community Affairs department passed out several hundred hats to the children in attendance, all crowded around the podium on the middle of a dusty recreational diamond. Kids were screaming “Zambrano! Zambrano!” and “Soto! Soto!” as the two smiled and waved back.
Len Kasper led the presentation, introducing the local alderman, Billy Acasio. It turns out that Billy was born in 1961 and named after a young Cubs star … Billy Williams. And Acasio’s ward? The sweet swinger’s No. 26.
Carlos spoke to the crowd in Spanish, saying it was a pleasure to be there and to be part of such a great project. He described himself as being “orgulloso,” or proud, of the community and the Cubs for this project. It’s a predominantly Latino community in the area, and several in the crowd talked about how much this $2 million project will mean to the community.
And keep an eye out for the opening coming next spring. Senior VP of Community Affairs, Mike Lufrano, announced that the Cubs would invite back Carlos and Geo to throw out a first pitch to remember.