This one really hurts, guys. Gonna miss the ballgame attitude, that flat swing, and the guy's heart.
Ted Lilly was just one of those old school team guys, and there just aren't alot of them around any more.
If anyone can explain to me how this made the Cubs better, other than now having some cash to help dump Kosuke or anything similarly lame, please let me know. (Semi-related trivia: Quick - who were the 3 pitchers the Cubs got for Mark DeRosa?)
Anyway, here was Ted:
This next one is from 2008, when Ted went 7 innings, gave up 3 hits, and knocked in the winning run against the Diamondbacks. Please note that sometimes when I'm drawing I take a picture of someone's head and put it on another body to make the idea work. That's why Ted's appears to be batting righty here.
You all remember when Terrible Ted took out Yadier Molina at home plate? This was the play that earned Ted his Cubby Blue nickname, shortened to just Terrible Ted most of the time.
And this one is my fave, and the one we gave Ted. I still can't believe I had a beer at his house and didn't even think to ask if I could see it. But you know, for SURE it's somewhere really important. Maybe the guest bathroom...
I'm gonna miss Ted on the field and in my blog. A great Cub.
And Ted, if you happen to look at this, please know that we all wish you the best of luck in Dodger Blue. Now, go get a ring.
ps: answer to trivia: Jeff Stevens, RHP Chris Archer and LHP John Gaub.
psps: I'll have something for Ryan Theriot soon...