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With this past Saturday’s trade of shortstop Ryan Theriot and left-hander Ted Lilly to the Los Angeles Dodgers, it affords Vine Line an opportunity to run one last piece about the diminutive shortstop from LSU.
In the August issue of Vine Line, we offered a new installment of our popular Cubs CrossOver feature, which often places a Cubs player in a non-baseball situation. It’s your standard fish-out-of-water story. However, this month, the only fish out of water were the ones Ryan Theriot was catching.
After a particularly tough day at the office, which included a 12-0 loss to the visitng Los Angeles Angels, Vine Line and bass columninst Mike Pehanich took Theriot out 40 miles
northwest of Wrigley Field to do a little bass fishing. An avid fisherman all his life, he even had a fishing bobblehead giveaway this year at Wrigley Field (left).
On the trip, Theriot relayed some classic fishing stories. After all, you can’t have a fishing trip without fishing stories, all in a Southern drawl and some photos from the day.
“My dad, he doesn’t like bass fishin’. He’s a saltwater snob to a certain extent. But he’ll fish croppie all day long. He’ll sit out there with his ultra light hookup…Then we’ll have a big fish fry at night. That’s what we grew up doing, fishin’ like that.”
“I did a salt water show once, redfish show on the coast. Me and a couple of other ballplayers….The host was this nice lady who didn’t know anything about fishing. We were on the boat 45 minutes, and she starts throwing up. She’d never been on a boat before. And we had just gotten on the fish, too. I was like, ‘What is going on here?’ So we had to go back in. We dropped her off and went back out and fished. We didn’t do the show, but we got to fish.”
“One time, our whole coaching staff went out in Houston on the Gulf to catch Cobia and snapper. And one of our coaches, I’m not going to name names, but for eight hours straight, he threw up. Our trainer, too. He spends all this time taking care of us, and yet, he’s hugging the toilet. It was like a real nice 68-foot boat, too.”
“My glove sponsor, Wilson, gives me a choice of gear from Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shop. My garage looks like a mini Bass Pro.”
“I love fishing because it lets you kind of get away from everything, turn yourself on/off.
It’s always been a passion of mine. Quiet time. It’s a good time to get people out of their element, it let’s people relax and get to know someone pretty good. I’ve rown up doing this, fishing and hunting. So it’s something that’s second nature to me.”
“[I remember] fishing one time when I was little in a lake called Country Club of Louisiana. I was in a little sweet pea row. A pea row is like a little canoe. I guess that’s Cajun for canoe. My dad both my brothers and myself in there, so if you moved to hard to one side, it would tip over. But I had the cane pole, and we’re fishin for croppie. A catfish hits my bait. It dragged us around the lake for an hour. And I swore I had Moby Dick on the line. I was talkin’ so much trash to my brothers and my dad. We finally dragged it in the boat, and it was only about a three-pound catfish, but I’ll never forget that one. That was a lot of fun. It was cool.”
“Mike Fontenot is a horrible fisherman. Probably one of the worst fishermen I’ve ever been around my entire life, true story. But for some reason he always catches fish, though. At LSU, we’d skip class and go fishin’. That’s just what we’d do.
“So me and two of our clubbies, Otis and Gary, were fishing in Arizona, of all places–the desert–right near my house out there so ‘Font’ comes out and fishes with us. Otis and Gary were in one area, me and Mike were in another area so Mike thinks it would be funny to cast right where their lines were and mess them up, hang them up. He ends up catching a five-pound bass. How does that happen? How do you do that? Where’s the rabbit’s foot? He’s a terrible fisherman, but he catches fish. So does that make him good? I don’t know. He has no idea what he’s doing. Maybe that’s what makes him a good baseball player. He has no idea of what he’s doing, but he’s just good.”
Just some observations around Hohokam Park today, the first day after the big-league camp moved over from Fitch Park:
–Watched former Rule 5 pick David Patton throw live BP. His got a great breaking ball as most people know, but he had a couple guys turn on him and line singles into right-center.
–Cubs fans filtered into the stadium to watch the team practice. The team is very loose, but the level of camaraderie is as good as it was last year. While much has been made about Milton Bradley’s presence on the team, last year during spring training no one had a problem with him. He was participatory and welcomed.
–Marlon Byrd, a friend of Bradley’s, has assimilated nicely into the clubhouse. In fact, he has been quite vocal laughing and smiling, further increasing the fun quotient. During BP, he was working on hitting to the opposite field where Ryan Theriot was manning second. The BP pitcher–I think it was Alan Trammell–pitched faster and more frequently, Byrd kept shooting line drives to Theriot. Theriot kept diving and getting up, diving and getting up, snagging them all until Byrd finally got one past the goalie. But Theriot earned a nice hand from the crowd, while eliciting a big “whoo!” from Byrd.
–Aramis Ramirez and Starlin Castro had their fun turning double plays. Castro, a quiet, easy going kid, was all smiles taking throws from “shortstop” Ramirez. But Ramirez showed his shoulder was in top condition when he snagged a liner that was about a foot above his head. That also earned a double take from teammates.
–Another person who earned double takes from teammates was young right-hander Rafael Dolis. The team was just filtering out for stretching while Dolis was throwing early live BP to a group of hitters that included No. 1 pick Brett Jackson. Standing next to Mike Fontenot, he asked what level he was at. I told him Dolis had dealt with some injuries, but I’d lay odds he’s going to be in Class-A Daytona or better. You didn’t need to be a ballplayer to see just how hard Dolis threw. A little buzz raced through the growing impromptu audience. Dolis’ “heavy” ball made a loud thud every time. The audience got a huge “Ohhh!” when Dolis broke Jackson’s bat. Sawed him off right at the handle.
Later, Jackson came by me and said, “Look at that, Mike. Well, that one ain’t coming back.” And he threw down the broken bat in disgust.
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The Blue Man Group visited Wrigley Field yesterday, and Cubs team photographer Stephen Green caught the curious trio in action. Their regular show is at Chicago’s Brirar Street Theatre, just a few blocks south of Wrigley Field.
Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot first showed them how to take the field … and then the Blue Men took off with it. The photos will be featured as part of a Chicago Tribune advertisement and to be used in online galleries. Here’s Steve on the shoot:
“Theriot loved it. He really started getting into suggesting some poses. The Blue Man Group were so excited that they — well, they had to express their excitement through gesture because they couldn’t talk. I shot them insidethe dugout, laying on top of it, around the batting cage. It was great, one of the most fun shoots I’ve been a part of.”
Ryan Theriot and the Cubs celebrate a walk-off win Sunday against the Twins.
If you’ll be at the ballpark on Sunday, make sure you grab your Scorecard EXTRA early. Check out this sneak peak from our head designer, Juan Castillo. He put together this commemorative scorecard cover for the Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux No. 31 jersey retirement.
Not only will it be a great collector’s item, but there also are some neat stories on the two inside the wrap. The feature article — “A tale of two No. 31s” – illustrates how appropriate it is that Jenkins’ and Maddux’s separate paths will intersect this weekend.
Wrigley fun run
A couple dozen of us from the front office represented the Cubs at Saturday’s Race to Wrigley 5K. Congrats to our community affairs department for selling out the event, with 6,500 participants in all.
Eamonn Prizy, 18, was the fastest male runner (16:10), and Kelly Shuma, 24, led all women. Good weather, great turnout and some fantastic Cubs spirit for an event that will benefit Chicago Cubs Charities.
I was looking through photos from our opening homestand today, and I found this one of Ryan Theriot in front of a new amenity in the Wrigley Field home dugout. No more big orange jug! Though that might make it difficult for the players to do a celebratory Gatorate dump over Lou’s head …
– Sean Ahmed