Results tagged ‘ Darwin Barney ’

Mesa Cubscast: Outlook for 2012

MESA, Ariz.–Despite finishing 71-91 last year, the pervasive feeling in Cubs camp this spring is optimism. The Cubs feel they improved their organization from top to bottom this offseason, and the energy at Fitch Park is palpable. Vine Line sat down with several of the Cubs this week to talk about how the team feels coming into Spring Training.

Cubs claim infielder Cardenas off waivers

The Cubs claimed talented minor league infielder Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Oakland Athletics on Monday and designated infielder Blake DeWitt for assignment.

The 24-year-old Cardenas hit .314 with 28 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 70 runs scored, 51 RBI and a .374 on-base percentage in 127 games with Triple-A Sacramento last season. The versatile infielder, who plays primarily second base, saw time at second, shortstop, third base and left field. He was originally selected by the Phillies in the supplemental round of the 2006 draft.

DeWitt, a former first-round pick of the Dodgers, was acquired in the July 2010 deal that sent Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to L.A. In his first full season with the Cubs, he batted .265 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 26 RBIs in 121 games.

Now Playing: Cubs Clinic on turning two

Those of you watching last night’s game saw the keystone combination of Darwin Barney and Blake DeWitt following exactly the advice in this brand-new Cubs Clinic: Get the sure out. It also helps to have a terrific defender like Barney robbing hits on the left side of the diamond. Get tips on turning the double play in this extra look inside our September edition of Vine Line. Don’t miss it: Subscribe to Vine Line today.

Barney’s heart-felt visit

Vine Line’s July cover boy has continued to make a positive impact on and off the field. Post by Austin Hannon. (Photo by Stephen Green)

More important than healing his knee while on the 15-day DL, Darwin Barney took the time to heal the spirits of a 2-year-old boy at Chicago Memorial Hospital in June.

Drew Boedigheimer was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy in April and underwent a successful heart transplant in May. To cheer up Drew, one doctor recommended contacting the Cubs, and with the help of the team, the family soon connected with the rookie second baseman.

“It was obviously an easy decision for me to go,” Barney told The Oregonian.

Barney, featured on the July cover of Vine Line, arrived full of gifts, including a team-autographed baseball. Drew’s parents were thrilled Barney visited their son.

“He seemed truly concerned for Drew,” Tara Boedigheimer said. “He didn’t want press there. He wasn’t doing it for any reason other than being generally concerned.” (more…)

Music Issue extra: Cubs Countdown

Perhaps the next Wrigleyville Block Party, Aug. 19-21, could play this Cubs Countdown of top hits. (Photo by David Banks)

In honor of Vine Line‘s first-ever Music Issue this month, we thought it would be fun to see what the Billboard Top 100’s number 1 song was at the time of some of your favorite Cubs players’ births:

  • When Darwin Barney was born on Nov. 8, 1985, the country was jamming to “Part-Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder.
  • “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell was the number 1 song when Ryan Dempster, whose birthday is May 3, 1977, made his first appearance in the world.
  • “Best of My Love” by The Emotions was the Billboard Top 100’s number 1 song on Aug. 30, 1977, when Marlon Byrd was born.
  • When Jeff Samardzija was born on Jan. 23, 1985, “Like a Virgin” by Madonna was the most popular song cruising through the airwaves.

Here are some more of the No. 1 songs on Cubs players’ birthdays:

  • Blake DeWitt, Aug. 20, 1985- “Shout” by Tears for Fears
  • Reed Johnson, Dec. 8, 1976- “Tonight’s the Night” by Rod Stewart
  • Casey Coleman, July 3, 1987- “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  • Mike Quade, March 12, 1957- “You Don’t Owe Me a Thing” by Johnnie Ray
  • Sean Marshall, Aug. 30, 1982- “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

Now Playing: Darwin Barney plays the keystone

Experience Vine Line and the Cubs like never before: Darwin Barney gives an exclusive performance on the Hilton Chicago’s grand piano and talks about his rookie season in Chicago. It’s an extra look inside our July edition, Vine Line’s first-ever Music Issue. Don’t miss it: Subscribe to Vine Line today.

The Buzz: What musical act would you like to see play Wrigley Field?

Former Beatle Paul McCartney tours Wrigley Field for two nights on July 31 and Aug. 1, and with the upcoming Music Issue of Vine Line hitting your mailbox soon, we asked four Cubs who they’d most like to see rock the Friendly Confines. Subscribe or give a gift today.

Reed Johnson, OF
“I’m a big Pearl Jam guy. I enjoy Eddie Vedder loving this organization. I think that means a lot as well. We were fortunate enough to see him solo a couple years ago at a small venue.”

Sean Marshall, LHP
“I’d like to see Kings of Leon. They’ve been playing some good music for a while—and the last couple years, songs like ‘Closer.'”

Randy Wells, RHP
“I’m more into smaller, not-so-mainstream groups. I’d like to see [country act] Randy Rogers Band. They’re blowing up now, though. I’d probably like to see the Eagles.”

Darwin Barney, IF
“Honestly, I’ve never been to a concert before. My wife and I are trying to figure out a good time to go, but we would like to see Coldplay or The Fray. I think they’d be awesome concerts.”

July 2011 Vine Line sneak peek

July 2011 Vine Line Cover

Featuring one of our coolest covers ever, the July issue of Vine Line marks our first-ever Music Issue and an insider’s look at the Cubs’ visit to Fenway Park:

  • Playing the keystone: Darwin Barney has stepped up to star on baseball’s biggest stage.
  • Pitching in and rockin’ out: Justin Berg plays the drums at Buddy Guy’s Legends Club.
  • The Profile: Ted Butterman of the Cubs’ Dixieland Band
  • Stretching out with Cubs organist Gary Pressy
  • Feels like home: The Cubs visit Fenway Park for the first time in 93 years.
  • Glory Days: 9 innings with Carmen Fanzone
  • Farm Report: Going on the offensive, 2011 draft review
  • Minor league notebooks and more …

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1000 Words: Barney brings one home

Darwin Barney slides into third on June 13, 2011

July Vine Line cover boy Darwin Barney made the most of his eighth-inning base running, advancing to third on a Carlos Peña double off the wall …

Darwin Barney slides home on June 13, 2011

… and then just beating the throw home on a ground ball up the middle. The Cubs won 1-0. (Photo by Stephen Green)

1000 Words: Barney’s breakout

Darwin Barney

Darwin Barney continues his outstanding two-way play in Boston today at 6:10 p.m. CT on FOX. (Photo by Stephen Green)