Results tagged ‘ Short Stops ’

A pitch for philanthropy

Illustration by Jerry Neumann, and story by Jordan Ramos. Featured in the upcoming September 2011 edition of Vine Line.

Several Cubs players have new boots in their closets, but these kicks are much more than they appear to be at first glance.

Randy Wells, Kerry Wood, Ryan Dempster, Andrew Cashner, Jeff Baker, Jeff Samardzija and Mike Quade are all part of the Boot Campaign, an initiative created by five Texas women that supports injured American soldiers. The inspiration came from the book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, in which author Marcus Luttrell recounts Operation Redwing, an ill-fated mission to kill a high-ranking Taliban official in 2005.

Wells was introduced to Luttrell in the offseason.

“When I went down to the charity event and saw how much this book touched so many people, I got it and read it,” said Wells, who wore the boots in spring training. (more…)

Getting rerouted

Illustration by Tyler Hildebrand, and story by Jordan Ramos. Featured in the upcoming July 2011 edition of Vine Line.

One of the most thrilling moments in a baseball player’s career is when his manager tells him he’s been promoted to the big leagues—unless he has a skipper with a sense of humor. Two May call-ups, Tony Campana and DJ LeMahieu, both had their bags packed for other cities before hearing they were on their way to Wrigley.

Campana’s Triple-A manager, Bill Dancy, decided to break some bad news to him first. Dancy called the speedy outfielder into his office and said that, because of injuries, the Cubs needed someone to go down to Double-A to play every day …

“‘But first, we’re going to send you to the big leagues,’” Campana recalled Dancy saying. “It kind of made me mad—he got me! I was mad that I was going [down a level], and then he said that, and I was like, ‘All right.’ I didn’t know what to do. I was speechless.”

On May 17 against the Reds, Campana made his debut as a pinch-runner for Alfonso Soriano and scored his first run. An inning later, in his first at-bat, he lined a double for his first career hit and RBI. (more…)