Can you imagine this road?
You got drafted 10 years ago.
You play nearly a thousand minor league games for everyone from the Everett (WA) AquaSox to the Inland Empire 66ers.
You play Northwestern, Midwestern, California, Texas, and Pacific Coast leagues.
If you tally up all the A's (from single to triple) that you've played, there would be 31 of them.
You FINALLY at the age of 29 break through to make the starting lineup for the Chicago Cubs and a nerve goes wonky in your back so you can't play.
That is rotten luck, dude.
Conversely, Joe Mather.
Bounced from St. Louis to Atlanta to Colorado.
You've had 268 at bats in the Bigs and hit just 61 of them for a career OBP of .283 and a .228 average.
Finally you get to Mesa as a Cub 2012 spring training non-roster invitee, and you absolutely rule.
You're the story of the spring.
You can play 5 positions.
The New Management loves you.
The fans all have Great Hope for you.
I'd say your luck is pretty dang good there, Mr. Mather.
Now the rumor is LaHair's going to make his debut on Sunday.
At the opener, Jeff Baker played first.
Maybe today Dale Sveum puts Mather in there instead?
And Bryan LaHair, may you just relax and not come back until you're sure that nerve thing is fixed.
You need to start out well so your confidence can build.
Today at 12:05 central it's 16-12 and 3.12 ERA (2011) Gio Gonzalez vs our Matt Garza.
Be nice to make up for the opening day loss.
Go Cubs, and better luck to you, Bryan LaHair.
And lastly, the Cubs used to be called...the Microbes?