Just a few weeks to go …

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, but I looked at the schedule the other day and we still have 20 games left, and you’re like, man, that’s a lot of games. I think Lou said around the 20th of this month he’ll start running his guys out there more to get back to back at-bats in different games. It’s a lot easier when you’re playing every day to be able to fine-tune your swing. If you have a couple days off, it’s tough to use your good experiences or bad experiences in the game you had before. It’s easier when you’re playing every single day to make those adjustments. Lou’s been around the game enough that he knows that. He’ll start to see more results from guys playing two, three, four days in a row, then having a day off.

We’d like to always come out of the gate, first game of Spring Training, and everybody is clicking. Guys are doing their work in the cage and preparing and trying to get better but it’s just a situation of timing now. In my case, you’re working on different mechanical things and trying to shore them up. Rhythm and timing are always the last things that come to you. Once that clicks, the game comes to you again.

As far as the NCAA tournament goes, I think I’ll have a better chance this year because I’m going to have my wife fill out a couple sheets. She’ll pick the teams because she thinks the Cardinals are cool or the Blue Devils are pretty neat. I think I’ve got five or six years running where I always get the worst sheet. That’s why I’m going to let her do it. I think I’ll have a better chance.

A week has gone by since I last blogged, and Fontenot just walked by and he’s still as small as he was when I first met him. He hasn’t grown at all. We’ll leave it at that.

– Reed

42 Comments

But what is, according to Theriot, “Fontenot’s song”? After the Muskat article I am all curious.

As I count down for the Cubs home opener, prepare my ritual pre/postgame strategy as well as what I will wear to the game, I’m excited to read your blog. I moved away from Chicago to LA in ’07 and I started my own blog to feel closer to the beloved Cubs of mine. I used to provide many of the team mates with Playboy movies when I worked for Playboy in Chicago. I’m curious as to how the team is getting along, how the new guys (mainly Bradley) is meshing with everyone. As a die-hard Cubs fan, we welcome new players with open arms, just like they are family, no matter what their history and support them as much as we can.

Last season took me months to get over, but like every die-hard, true Cubby blue-bleeding fan, I find myself, once again feeling the thrill of excitement as home opener approaches, and knowing that I will be there (whether rain, snow or shine) cheering you on, once again.

Tell Cedona I’ve been on the field many times during batting practice checking him out. I know you guys won’t break my heart again this year. Especially because I live in the land of Dodger fans and never heard the end of it from last season.

Btw, there are tons of Cubs fans out here that miss you and watch you whenever we can. You represent through out the west coast!

GO CUBS!! Jess http://gocubbiesjess/mlblogs.com

What’s up, RJ? Glad to have you back this season! Hey, if you’re still lookin’ for a name for the blog, how ’bout: “A Slice of Life from White Slice”? Just throwin’ it out there. “Reed Between the Lines” ain’t bad.

And if you’re ever really bored, come check out:

http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com

We’d love to have you. You should probably be careful, though, we have a lot of Mike Fontenot fans!

Enjoy the rest of this very long spring training. And Go Cubs!

this is so cool that you are doing this blog Reed! you are my wife and my favorite player. I can’t wait to read your take on the ups and downs of the season. Go Cubs!
Andrew Z.
Chicago
WrigleyExpansion.com

Everyone here is Chicago is waiting for the start of the season. It’s been such a rough winter that opening day means that hopefully warmer weather is right around the corner! We’re all looking forward to a great run this year – and to playing a little longer in October! :-)

Better be careful – Fontenot might start his own blog and pick on you! LOL

Good luck rest of the spring! wish to see you more than last year in Center!

I’ll be down there starting tomorrow, so look for me to bother the crap out of you for a week! After all, I am the President For Life of the Reed Johnson Fan Club!

Check out this absolutely hilarious message board post that explains just what you can do… or if there is anything you can’t that is.

http://www.forums.mlb.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?tsn=1&nav=messages&webtag=ml-cubs&tid=331051

A .250 Avg. is better than a .242 Avg. Maybe I’ll use these comments to call out Soriano! Hows bout you give him some pointers on how to get jump on the ball. I like the name for the blog…Cleancut but good. Go Cubs Go!!

Wives always do a better job of picking winners! lol!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

Hey Reed, Fontenot may be small, but he can hit! He’s sneaky at the plate. :D The whole month of March just seems to creep by slowly. I feel like it’s going to take forever for opening day to get here. It has helped watching the few games that are aired on the tv and on the radio. Winters are rough. I miss my Cubbies and baseball. I am so excited about the 2009 season that my husband is tired of hearing about it! lmao Good luck in the upcoming season and Go Cubs Go!!!

Looking forward to great blogging in Reed Between the Lines!

Hope you get lots of opportunities at center, especially with the great spring you’re having. We love seeing a guy with your tenacity out on the field and up to bat as often as possible!

HAHAHAHA Fontenot jokes are awesome!

Hes the player i model my play after and all the guys on my team give me all the same jokes….love it.

Fontenot is single, right? NCAA is fun to be a part of. Won $75 for picking Jayhawks last year.. and that is only because I went to Kstate and knew the Jayhawks were good. I am looking forward to reading more fun stuff in this blog!! Can’t wait for opening day!!!! I live in Iraq– so I really hope they air Cub’s opening day. Unfortunately the mlb tv can be a little wonky out here, at least the radio always works though:)

Love reading your blog Reed. It has been a long time since I watched you play at Smokies Park. It has been a joy following you over the years. Your wife picks brackets like I do. However, I always come in dead last every year. Hope your bracket turns out better this year.

Great job with the blog Reed! Can’t wait to come out and see you guys in May!

Be careful with the jokes.. I hear Fontenot is drinking milk.

Hey Reed,

I think you should start calling Fontenot “Fonzy”. Use it enough and see if it gets under his skin.

Oh, and I just watched one of the million “hillarious” Sportscenter commercials, and I think you should do one with them. I can only imagine what hilarious antics they could come up with you.

Reed,
I love the new blog. Glad to see someone picking up De-Ro’s blog. You are one of my favorite cubs player because you give 110% all the time. By the way, I expect to see some more of those diving catches like you did in Washington haha. Keep up the good work on the blog and love the Little Babe Ruth jokes even though he is the man. Let’s time travel to opening day because we all can’t wait.

Hey Reed,

Just wanted to say “waz up”

Hope you guy’s have a great year and better hitting in the playoffs. Already know you guy’s are playing in Oct.

Good luck……

Wow…that last blast was pretty outstanding!

I am a Cubs fan from New York. I was nine years old, and stuck by them though the years. For the most part by the time August came around, the Cubs were out of it. Sometimes I think I am the jinks, and not the goat. The last time the Cubs got to a World Series was 1945. I became a Cubs fan in 1946.

Anyway, I think you are under rated. You came through in more cluck situations, than most of the rest of the guys. Fontenot, and you will be principal players for the Cubs this year. I would not be surprised if Fontenot bats over .300 with 20 hrs, and over 80 rbi. He could easily double his output this year considering how many at bats he had last year. It would be so nice if the both of you were on the team that finally got into the World Series. It would be also nice for the two of you to be that big part of history when people, (some not even born yet) see that you two were a part of that team that help break that long drought. The very best of luck to both of you. Who knows, maybe you and Fontenot will be heros of that long time awaited victory.

thanks for taking the time, i look forward to some great laughs with White Slice as we capture our third Central Title.

Like Dat Cubfn Daver mentioned, please feel free to come join us at http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com anytime, we would love to have you there

Reed, I enjoyed seeing you play in Vegas this year. I look forward to a great season of Cubs Baseball. It has been a few years since I lived a block and a half from Wrigley, but my heart is still there. I really enjoyed DeRo’s Blog last year and I am very excited about yours. I bet the BJ’s are sorry they let you go, there loss our gain. GO Cubs!!!!

Hey Reed, I was pumped on how well you came into the Cubs organization last year and helped us out with your play. I’m looking forward to the play of the team this season. Keep up the good work!

Reed Between The Lines? cmon…. what about Fontenot and The Goliath Reed

Just saw your home run ATTA BOY! Cant wait to see what you got to say bout Mikes acting job.

hey Reed, your quote about Fontenot’s height made my day
goodluck with the game today against the White Sox!

ps: grow a 5 foot long beard!(tho I know the chances of that is as good as me pissing on the moon)

Go Cubs!

for the title of the blog, why not use “pietrisycamollaviadelrechiotemexity”. It means the state or condition of not having the faintest idea what’s going on. Because Fontenot is short, he doesn’t have any idea on what’s going on. LOL

“Build a big fire on home plate out of your Louiseville Slugger baseball bats and toss my coffin in. Let my ashes blow in the beautiful snow in the prevailing 30mi/hr southwest winds.”

It’s great to involve your audience, but you’re authoring the Blog, the title should come from you. Besides, it’s perfect…you play between the lines, the pun on the word read also informs us who is the writer, and you are suggesting there may be more to a story, if we read between the lines of what you are writing. For instance, your office is a locker room, when you poke fun at Fontenot’s size, I’m not sure if you are talking about his height.

pfrepuyan2@eiu must be experiencing pietrisycamollaviadelrechiotemexity.

THIS IS THE YEAR!!!! GO CUBS!!!

I hear the Sox are interested in you as their starting centerfielder and leadoff hitter. The Cubs have a lot of OF in camp… Say it aint so. I’m already upset Derosa is gone.

Hi Reed!
Can you give us a heads-up on what kind of facial hair we can expect to see you sport this season? Your style seems to inspire my dear husband’s and I’d like to know if I’m in for mutton chops. ;)

http://cubblogging.blogspot.com

Hey Reed, could you let us know if you read the comments? I know it’s possible you write the blogs, and someone puts them up here, but it would be cool to know you were actually reading these.

If you are…

I think the whole Fontenot thing is hilarious! It’s cool to see you guys are able to kid around and be so relaxed with each other.

Also, the beard… along with many other fans, I wanted the beard to stay! I wanted your nickname to be Beard Johnson. It would have been sweet (there’s still time!!!)

On a more serious note, I hope you get as much at-bats this year as possible. I looks like you’ve worked your *** off this year, while Fukudome is still struggeling. I don’t want to give up on him, but I hope Lou rewards your hard work with playing time….

well good luck to you, the rest of the Cubs, as well as Wood and DeRo next year.

Your blog is gonna be the first thing I check everyday Reed. Oh how I love my Cubbies! Good luck this season…stay healthy…and enjoy it all. Did you guys ever think about singing the 7th inning stretch? Omg..the fans would go nuts! Opening day…14 more days …. I cant wait!

Hey Reed – I didn’t feel like reading all the comments, but how about “Chin Music” for your blog name? Get it? Cuz of your beard…and you get hit a lot? HAHA! Word play cracks me up.

Reed,

The name of the blog should be “The Catch”. We all remember the look on Kerry Wood’s face staring down at you as your face smacked into that wall. It can have various other meanings throughout the year. blah blah blah.

Here’s to you getting 450 at-bats this year.

Keith

Hey Reed better be careful with those Fontenot jokes he is Big Z’s nail to pound in to the ground. I love watching a Big Z start when he does the hammer thing with Fontenot. But you know when he walked by and you were thinking man he is still small he was probably thinking there goes that goat bearded guy blogging away again. GO CUBS GO!

When I read some of the comments to this blog entry, I assumed it must be some little kid who is a big Cub fan getting a chance to connect with one of their favorite players. However, I looked at the email address and it noted, for instance, eiu.edu or wiu.edu. Eastern and Western Illinois respectively. I just wanted to state for the record, maybe you aren’t getting your monies worth. Or better said, the tax payers of Illinois aren’t getting their monies worth.
nt-henning you can’t make a joke and then ask Get it? It’s poor style and I’m sure he gets it.
Maybe you have come down with pietrisycamollaviadelrechiotemexity.

REED BETWEEN THE LINES….PERFECT NAME….
I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU AND YOUR GIVE IT ALL ATTITUDE THAT’S CUB BASEBALL! 101 YEARS IS LONG ENOUGH..THIS IS THE YEAR!!!!!!!
RON SANTO FOR THE HALL NOW!!!DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT’S AWARDED TOO LATE.

Great entry! Hang in there with your great team-first attitude! I tell my high school players to watch you and Theriot at the plate to learn how to become “smart” hitters. Lou will eventually figure out that you give the Blue Bombers the best punch in the lineup. Remember, it took him a while to realize that Theriot can be an EVERYDAY SS!. He’ll come around…keep the faith! As far as Fontenot goes…cut the kid a little bit of slack…he’s a STUD on the field! What is he…about 1/2 inch shorter than you??? I totally feel your pain in the NCAA brackets! My wife, my mother-in-law, and my 6 year old son all smoked me! I ended up with one of my brackets tied for worst…but I still got some cash for having such a bad bracket! The worst part is…my wife’s mom won..my wife finished 4th…my SON finished 6th out of 49 brackets! Great to have your blog here…keep up the great work off and on the field. You have a fan for life!

http://bleedingcubbieblue.mlblogs.com/

Great entry! Hang in there with your great team-first attitude! I tell my high school players to watch you and Theriot at the plate to learn how to become “smart” hitters. Lou will eventually figure out that you give the Blue Bombers the best punch in the lineup. Remember, it took him a while to realize that Theriot can be an EVERYDAY SS!. He’ll come around…keep the faith! As far as Fontenot goes…cut the kid a little bit of slack…he’s a STUD on the field! What is he…about 1/2 inch shorter than you??? I totally feel your pain in the NCAA brackets! My wife, my mother-in-law, and my 6 year old son all smoked me! I ended up with one of my brackets tied for worst…but I still got some cash for having such a bad bracket! The worst part is…my wife’s mom won..my wife finished 4th…my SON finished 6th out of 49 brackets! Great to have your blog here…keep up the great work off and on the field. You have a fan for life!

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