Welcome back … to business
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Right-hander Garrett Mock (2-5, 5.10 ERA) pitches for the Nationals.
Former Cubs manager Jim Riggleman (1995-99) and Cubs minor-league coach and skipper Pat Listach (2002-08) are visiting town with the Nationals. Riggleman was named interim manager earlier this season, and Listach currently is the team’s third base coach.
Our November 2008 issue of Vine Line caught up with Riggleman, back when he was wrapping up an interim term with the Mariners. Riggleman reflected on his eight-year absence from big-league managing as well as his time with the Cubs, which included the great wild-card season of 1998 as well as the rough starts in ’97 and ’99.
“I feel like, other than my mother and my son [Jon], this is really what consumes my thoughts,” he told Vine Line‘s “Alumni Notebook.” “I love managing a ballgame. I love managing a ballclub. … Ultimately, it’s a player’s game. You may have an impact in a few games.”
“I have no negative or hard feelings about what happened [when he was let go in ’99]. I had four and a half great years. Everything I own in my personal life is due to my time here with the Cubs. I had a lot of fun here. I would have liked to have been here another 10 years.”
Welcome back (too)!
And of course, Carlos Zambrano gets to put his ab work to, well, work today. The team activated him from the 15-day DL and optioned right-hander Esmailin Caridad to Triple A.