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September 2011 Vine Line sneak peek

The September issue of Vine Line takes a distinctly homegrown look at the Cubs, including a cover feature on left-handed relief ace Sean Marshall and expanded minor league scouting reports by Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein.

  • Role play: Willing to do anything for his team, Sean Marshall has grown into a bullpen leader.
  • When baseball returned to Wrigley Field: A decade after 9/11, reflections on how the Cubs and their fans bounced back
  • Come together: Paul McCartney plays historic Wrigley Field.
  • Heart of bronze: Ron Santo‘s passion and play on display in newest statue.
  • Glory Days: 9 innings with Jody Davis.
  • The Profile: Reed Johnson.
  • Stretching Out with Tom Felton.
  • Farm Report: An international flavor at Short-Season Boise.
  • Minors Tracker: An all-new way of tracking the system, including Future Watch by Kevin Goldstein
  • Minor league notebooks and more!

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1000 Words: Friends of Dempster

Dempster Casino Night

Kerry Wood and Reed Johnson help kick off the fun and games at the second-annual Dempster Family Foundation Casino Night, helping strike out 22q. (Photo by Stephen Green)

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

Get to know: Reed Johnson

Condensed from a Vine Line interview by Jordan Ramos, outfielder Reed Johnson talks about his approach to defense and those renowned catches that result. (Photo by Stephen Green)

HUMAN TARGET I think a lot of it is being too slow to get out of the way. I stand right on top of the plate, and I know scouting reports out there are going to—those guys are going to try to pitch me in, especially late in the count. So that kind of bodes well for getting hit by a pitch. Which is fine with me: I’m more the leadoff-type guy, and getting on base is important for me as well.

SUPERMAN IN THE OUTFIELD It’s just, I guess, more instinct than anything. I feel like there are some days where your legs feel good and you just feel like anything that goes up in the air you can catch.

MY FAVORITE CATCH I think the one in Milwaukee with Prince Fielder [April 12, 2009], and the one in Washington [April 25, 2008] was special but we ended up losing that game. So I think the one with Prince Fielder was special: It would have ended up being a grand slam, which would’ve either, I think, tied the game or given them the lead at the time, and we went on to win the game by three runs. It meant a lot. Any time you can have a direct impact, especially defensively, on a game, it really means a lot.

BLEACHER BUMS I think they’re just so knowledgeable of the game. They appreciate hard work, they appreciate good defense, and they obviously appreciate the offense as well. You’re going in there and taking good at-bats, you hit a home run and you go out there the next inning for defense, and you’re going to get rewarded by them for sure.

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.”

No rain for the rainout

Jeff Stevens turned right back around after yesterday’s game, rejoining the team for injured outfielder Reed Johnson. Johnson was placed on the 15-day DL before the game with a left-foot fracture.

Fukudome, CF
Theriot, SS
Lee, 1B
Fox, 3B
Bradley, RF
Soriano, LF
Fontenot, 2B
Hill, C
Hart, RHP

Right-hander Russ Ortiz (3-5, 4.75 ERA) pitches for the Astros.

Some homestand numbers from media relations

The Cubs are 5-1 with a .302 AVG/.401 OBP/.575 SLG. They have scored 6.8 runs per game and hit 2.2 homers per game.

Cubs pitchers have a 3.26 ERA that breaks down as follows: Starter ERA 2.61 (38.0 IP), and Relief ERA 4.50 (20.0 IP).

Next steps

The team will leave right after the game for Miami. Harden, Zambrano and Dempster will pitch this weekend. The Cubs return 12 days later to host the Phillies on Aug. 11.

Keep an eye on

Andrew Cashner, the Cubs’ 2008 first-round pick, continues to throw lights-out since being promoted to Double-A Tennessee. He has a 1.09 ERA in five starts, striking out 21, and allowing just 14 hits and nine walks in 24.2 innings.

Brave new homestand

Roster moves were the theme of the day, as the club welcomed back Aramis Ramirez, Reed Johnson and Angel Guzman from the DL. With all credit given to the young players that came up and acted as sparkplugs for the team, it’s nice to see these familiar faces in uniform again.

Rehab assignment stats (at Class-A Peoria unless otherwise noted):

Ramirez: .500 (3-for-6), double, three walks

Johnson: .333 (2-for-6), two walks

Guzman: one perfect inning, two strikeouts; at AAA Iowa, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

As corresponding roster moves, the Cubs optioned Sam Fuld and Kevin Hart back to Triple-A Iowa; David Patton was placed on the DL with a groin strain.

Fukudome, CF
Theriot, SS
Lee, 1B
Bradley, RF
Ramirez, 3B
Soriano, LF
Soto, C
Fontenot, 2B
Wells, RHP

Right-hander Jair Jurrjens (6-6, 2.73 ERA) pitches for the Braves.

1000 Words: For the birds

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Reed Johnson eyes the seagulls swirling above during Saturday’s 7-0 win. (Stephen Green)

1000 Words: Another Reed special

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Reed Johnson’s entangled catch in yesterday’s ballgame (Stephen Green)

Serendipity has its moments

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for INSIDE THE IVY LOGO.jpgThere are times when even the best laid plans don’t work out. Then there are times when serendipity serves as a savior.

While I won’t say finding this photo was something so dramatic like rescuing the April issue of Vine Line, but when you’re on deadline, there is a certain sweetness to finding the perfect photo, especially when that photo was impromptu and came together totally by luck.

In putting together our monthly Q&A with Lou Piniella, we always run a photo of something that Lou discussed to accompany the text. He spoke at length about two players in particular, Reed Johnson and Aaron Miles. He also discussed what the team needed to do to perhaps improve on 97 wins.

He said: “You don’t have to improve on 97 wins. You just have to figure out how to stay longer in the postseason. You know, 97 wins is a ton of wins–it was the second-best record in the big-leagues. And what we have to figure out is how to stay longer in the postseason, not how to play better in the regular season.”

97.jpgWell, as it turns out, during my first time at spring training (I leave for the second trip on the 21st–blog with me then!) staff photographer Steve Green and I just happened to be standing on Field 2 at Fitch Park when we heard the clacking of cleats pass behind us. It was Derrek Lee, Johnson and Miles. As the unpacked their gear to take BP, Steve and I continued to talk, when I saw Steve’s head turn.

Here is where having a veteran photographer like Steve is all the difference in the world. (Check out his 1000 Words entry today.)

“Hey, didn’t we win 97 games last year?”

“Yep. Why?”

“Well, look over there.” Steve pointed in the direction of the cage and standing waiting their turn while Lee took his cuts was Johnson and Miles standing next to each other just chatting, with their backs turned to us and their uniform numbers reading “97.” Steve’s camera already was clicking away, the players were oblivious.

“Steve, dude, you are awesome. That’s why you’re the best,” I said, jotting down the entire experience. We got the perfect photo without even trying.

And the funny thing is, if we’re going to win 97 games again, Reed Johnson and Aaron Miles are going to have plenty of say in that.

–Mike Huang

PS. And Vine Line passes on its condolences to Mr. Cub Ernie Banks who lost his mother earlier this week. Our hearts go out to you, No. 14.

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