- Tuesday, May 12, 2009 12:04 PM
- Written By: Cubs Diaries
After playing 20 straight games without a day off, the Cubs finally got to take a much-needed break yesterday. Our boys came close to getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend, but they got their only win in the series, 4-2, Sunday afternoon. For once, the reason the Cubs lost wasn’t the messy bullpen. Strange and serious injuries came at the expense of Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Freel and Chad Fox.
The Cubs lost Ramirez early in Friday’s game when a diving catch in the third inning dislocated his left shoulder, the same injury that forced him to miss six weeks in 2000. At the moment, the Chicago Tribune says he’ll be out for a similar period of time. It has already been an injury-plagued spring, and the newly-acquired ex-Oriole Ryan Freel joined Ramirez on this weekend’s injury report. Before he even had a chance to step onto the field in a Cubs uniform, Freel was ruled out for Saturday’s game with a tight left hamstring. Freel did return for Sunday’s win against the Brewers and get a hit for his only at-bat of the game.
Finally, Chad Fox left the game with an injury to his right elbow after pitching to only one batter in the eighth inning. And these three injuries are in addition to the losses of Derrek Lee, who got an MRI for a neck injury, and Carlos Zambrano, who is out with a strained left hamstring. Spring has not been treating us Cubs fans well so far. Thank goodness we have the Blackhawks.
In better news, tonight’s game against the San Diego Padres is NU Day at Wrigley Field. Thousands of students from nearby Northwestern University will be in attendance and one lucky student is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Wildcats football coach Pat Fitzgerald will also be in attendance and he’ll be singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch. Let’s hope his singing voice is better than Denise Richards. No one deserves to listen to that again.
And if you’re like the majority of Northwestern students and are attending tonight’s game for the first time, here’s a nice guide to hot spots around Wrigleyville to hit before, during and after the game. Check it out, grab some grub and settle down in the bleachers as the Cubs are sure to play well against a weak San Diego Padres team. --- Katie Tang