9/3 One and a half legs & Font’s catch

I think when my foot injury first happened, they said it would be four to six weeks. I had high hopes and said, “Oh, I’ll push this thing and I’ll be back in three weeks.” It hasn’t worked out like that. That’s been the frustrating side. I’m trying not to put dates on anything anymore. When I’m able to run and jog without pain that will cause me to limp and cause another injury, then I’m going to play. I know when I do come back in the next week or so, I know there will still be pain but that’s something everybody’s dealing with. Nobody’s completely healthy when you play this many games. Everybody has aches and pains. It’s just a matter of being able to function. Once I know I can get back and help this team win, I’m going to be back in the lineup. Sticking me out in center field right now on one and a half legs, is not going to help anything.

I’ve heard Lou say I have a lot of “energy.” That’s always the way I’ve played. Through high school and college, I had coaches who catered to that style of play — just breaking up double plays and doing the little things that, in a sense, could fire up the team but also help the team win. If there’s one out and you hit a ground ball to short and you hustle down to first and they can’t turn a double play and you keep the inning alive and the next guy hits a home run, those are big plays. Some guys sometimes don’t feel like running hard to first, but when you keep innings alive like that, good things can happen. Your teammates appreciate it. Instead of a solo home run, you could have a two-run shot.

Font’s play Wednesday, on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d say it was about a 7 or 8. A normal-sized person, it would take him from second base to where Font caught the ball about seven or eight steps. Font took like 30 steps because he has little mini steps. I guess we can call it a 9 then because that would add to the degree of difficulty. He had to go twice as far as I would have. It was an impressive play, especially when you could see the ball snowcone and he re-gripped it to make sure he had it. It was a nice play.

– Reed

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Reed…Wrigley Field hasn’t been the same without you. Please hurry back! Font’s catch was incredible. His speed overpowers his size! He plays well and he plays hard.
Your fans hope to see you before the end of the season! Get well!
Nancy

Reed! We miss you so much! And I agree, I don’t know if its “energy” or just simply greatness, but I love that you give it your all every single time that you play. We need more players like you. You are awesome, and I can’t wait till you are back in the line up.

Hahahaha! You crack me up with the Fontenot jokes…I was at the game yesterday and saw that Fonty play up close, pretty cool play…

Can’t wait for your return! Love ya, and take care.

-Maria-

That was a super play, but Mike has made quite a few spectacular plays this year, and last year. The hole between first and second gets much smaller when he plays. Even when he played at third, which was unfamiliar territory, the hole between short and third shrunk. Yet some critics say he has poor range just because his arms and legs are short. That play is probably his way of saying he hasn’t given up, even though Lou seems to have given up on him, and put that awful Baker at second. It seems that so many utility infielders have their eyes on second base, thinking it is an easy position to play. Slow moving six-footers do not belong there. Both DeRosa and Baker could hit, but neither played well in the middle infield. By the way, has anyone noticed that when Baker replaces Fontenot, the team loses no matter how well Baker hits? The team was in first place by half a game when Lou made Baker the regular second baseman. Then the team went into a steep decline, even though Baker had a brief hot streak. Since then, the few games where Fontenot started, the Cubs won, even when Mike was hitless. If the team is to have any chance of winning, Lou has to do what it takes to get Fontenot’s timing back, and to put him back at second, where he has a positive influence on his team.

I wanted to share two nice stories. The first: Tuesday night’s game agains the Astros, I was sitting with my friend in her great season ticket seats. Next to us were two boys, one of whom was celebrating his 10th birthday, and his brother, probably 12 or so. Their father had seats a few rows back. These two kids were delightful baseball fans; into the game, watching every play, every minute. Not like some kids today screaming for a player to throw them a ball everytime they come off the field. You know what I mean. Anyway, as the game progressed we were chatting and one of the boys said that Reed Johnson is his favorite player and he couldn’t wait for you to come off the DL. I loved that. Because you deserve that recognition, of course, but lots of kids are swayed by the media in terms of always rooting for the “big stars” or big paycheck players. I’m not saying they don’t deserve it either, but it was so refreshing to see such a young man appreciate the game of baseball as you do, and as you show us. It’s not all about the money; it’s how you play the game, how you care about winning, and how you give your all day-in and day-out. All I kept thinking was what a great role model you are and obviously had been for these two kids!
Second, after the game at a bar nearby someone was talking about their trip to Toronto this summer when the Cubs were up there. He said that so many Toronto fans came up to him and lamented the fact that you were no longer a Blue Jay. How they missed you as a player. And how lucky the Cubs’ fans are to have you on their team. How cool is that?
Come back soon Reed. As if you didn’t know, we need you. You can’t singlehandedly save the season, but you can cheer us all up!

You gotta give Font a 10 on that catch – it was a great catch! :) I know he’s struggled at the plate but it definitely hasn’t affected him in the field.

Hope you’ll be back playing soon! We miss you!

Reed, it may not do us any good in center with you on one and a half legs, but you’d be better than Soriano in left with no legs. Surely don’t want you hurting yourself worse, but come back as soon as you can. If the Cubbies are going to make a serious run at the Wild Card, they are going to need you out there. And I won’t call you Shirley!

Good luck! I am hope you are back soon and relatively pain free.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

~Reed~
Thanks for another blog, we really miss you out in the field. I think that Sam Fuld plays a lot like you. You both have a lot of energy and never give up, it’s great to see. When we do get to see Fontenot, which sadly is not very often, he shows the same type of energy. That catch he made was incredible and the article on the website was funny about it. He plays hard and even though he is struggling with his offense, his defense is still there and I think he should get more playing time. I’ve read so many comments that he isn’t good enough to be in the majors, but on here people have it right. He brings something to the field and when you have the Cajun Connection, nothing can go wrong. Get better soon, we miss you. Hopefully soon Lou will even play Fontenot. I really miss him, too. :( How about that D. Lee? Ever since he returned after the birth of his baby, which congratulations to him and his wife, but he is really swinging a homerun bat. Two more in today’s game. Yay! Go Cubs Go!
~Milli~

Reed, you’ve gotta mention when you’ll be coming back in your next blog… we’re all going crazy out here in California!!! Missing you -

Hey Reed,

One of my friends was just commenting that there was not-good news about the progress of your foot. I really hope that’s not the case. Hope to see an update from you soon.

Sorry, Millirose. We would all like to see Fontenot play, but Lou has shut him down for the season. Lou cheated the fans out of watching him play a complete season at second base, for which we were anxious to see. Mike taught himself to be one of the best defensive second basemen in MLB, because he is visually impaired. His eyes wiggle and cross, and he has to lean his head just so to focus them. It is amazing that he has been able to hit at any level above t-ball, and to be so good defensively, but his history says he has. When Lou moved him to third base, he had to re-adjust his eyes to play the new position. That has negatively affected his timing at the plate; he hasn’t seen the ball. Because he is so well liked by his team mates, and because in some of the cultures the players come from , albinos are considered good luck, Lou’s making him a sacrificial lamb has caused many other players to have bad years at the plate. Instead of apologizing to the team, the fans, and to Fontenot, Lou has let him take the rap for all that has befallen this team. It should be noted that the team fell from first place to 12 games back AFTER Mike was benched for the season. As long as he was in the lineup, the Cubs were winning games, even though he wasn’t hitting very well.

my post got deleted… sorry about that.. didn’t mean to offend anyone….

thanks for getting out there and hustling to win Reed… I appreciate it.. Tell Milton Bradley I am thankful he is on the team too as well as STheriot (Stereo) Font, Lee, Ramirez, the whole pitching staff, and everyone who busts hump to bring us all a game to watch .. I am sure next year with the new owners in place and everything this team will have a good chance at a Pennant.. Thanks again for a great season Reed.. I hope the timing of your injury lines up right for you to be 100% rehabbed and the injury not even a concern for you by next year… thanks for giving it all, I appreciate it..

Hurry back, Reed… The team needs your fire to keep this win streak alive. As for Font’s catch… It was pretty great to see the re-grip in mid-slide… I would be tempted to give him higher than a 9 if Blanco hadn’t made that ridiculous play on Sunday and eclipsed almost every play I’ve ever seen. Only Ozzie back in the day with the Padres beats that one, but it’s extremely close. It’ll be up there with the behind-the-back flip by the Mets 1st baseman (name escapes me right now) for play of the year. Anyway, we need more plays like those, along with effort like Sam Fuld’s and good ol’ Rred Johnson to get back in this thing… Go Cubbies!!

Missed you in Pittsburgh, Reed. We were hoping since you had taken some batting practice that you would be traveling with the team.
Best of luck with your foot. I sure hope it heals properly.. for you and for US!! We need you back out in the feild doing what you do best! Get better soon and have fun this off season working on that car project!

Reed- wow I just love reading your blogs I try to long in as much as I can to read them! I love how you try to encourage about the players when they play Fontenot is great at second and I wish he would get put in more often and then mayeb he would get his swing back! He’s try and that is all that matters! I know you try and read the resoponses maybe one day you will respond back to some of them! Get well soon! and hope to see Fontenot at the plate more! :)

Reed, I miss you seeing you! Really I do! Watching the game has not been as exciting since you have been on the DL. How are you healing? I read in another area on the Cubs site that you may be out for the rest of the season. I hope not. Hope you are feeling better and I hope you get to play before the end of this year–Lori

I personally hope Reed shuts down for the year… When you get hurt it is a 2 step process to recovery… first you heal physically, then you have to rebuild confidence so the injury isn’t even a thought anymore, it clears the head so you can go 100% and get hurt again.. coming back for a game or two isn’t worth it.. not when the season is already lost.. I would be enjoying the down time after a long season, letting my body aches go away, unplugging from the game…. Then when my foot felt good, it would be time to go back to work and get ready for an all star season next year… The baseball season is long.. 16 game NFL seasons felt like 5 years, I can’t imagine 150 games.. That is a long time, a lot of preparing everyday.. a lot of energy focused on just one thing.. it taps your soul big time.. you have to rebuild and recharge… and then get to work again.. it is cyclical, but now is unplug time.. (probably)

It seems that every fan has ideas of who the Cubs should start, who they should get rid of, and where they should bat .
Allow this old fan, who has followed the team since 1955 to put in her two cents. You have a natural second baseman and a natural shortstop, and their roles are reversed. Theriot is a steady hitter, and an average fielder with a not-so-strong arm and average range. Fontenot is a streaky hitter, who has power, and excellent defensive skills, good range, and a strong arm. He is physically stronger than Theriot. I understand that playing half the season at third has caused Mike to lose his timing at the plate because his one weakness is his eyes. If he were to play the entire 2010 season at shortstop, he would likely have a much better season at the plate, and Theriot would not tire as easily at second. I have seen pictures of both of them in 2000 and 2001, at LSU, and understand why they put Mike
at 2nd -he was just a little boy, even at age 20, and did not have his present grown man strength. Now he looks like a miniature running back, and can more than handle short. He reminds me of Phil Rizzuto and Fred Patek, but with more power. Both played short their entire careers, and neither had great batting averages, but were excellent fielders.

A lot of friends have asked me in these last several days, what do the Cubs need to do? What needs to happen in the offseason? Clearly, if I knew the answers, I (hopefully) would be in the front office. I think now that the ownership issue will be behind us, at least there is some sense of stability going forward. Having said that, and to add to others’ comments above, a player like Fontenot should be in the lineup every day. So should Theriot. I have grown very weary of Cubs managment, whether it’s Lou or Dusty, that platoons EVERYONE. I understand the “argument” of lefty-righty matchups. But it doesn’t work Any player worth his salt has to hit lefty and righty pitchers. Period. And they can’t learn to if you take them out all the time. There’s a lot to be said about playing every day. You bring up the guys from Triple A, where they’re used to playing every day, and then you sit them and plug them into isolated situations. Jake Fox needs to be an every day player. Theriot, who I’m surprised a lot of fans are on him, Font, even Fuld, need to play. Sit the big contract guys who don’t contribute. I’m sorry. I realize it’s a money thing; I’ve been a baseball fan longer than I’ve been a Cub fan. I get it. But really? We need to win. At any cost. This season has been ridiculous. Bad managerial decisions, all around, if you ask me. They fire the hitting coach? That’s cause they can’t fire the manager. Is it me or has Lou lost interest? Starting in about April this year? Seriously. Anyway, keep Harden, keep Lilly, keep Wells, get rid of Heilmann and Gregg, if anyone will take them. Trade Lee, though I hate to say it, while we may be able to get something for him, put Fox at first. Bradley, Soriano, and Kosuke are here unfortunately for a while. Ramirez is awesome. Z? I don’t know. I don’t think you can let him go unless you get something really good in return, which we know the Cubs aren’t good at. Dempster? He stays. We need a big time real closer. I’m tired of this crap in late innings. Sorry, I’ve rambled. But this team has a lot of talent and I believe they have for the most part been mismanaged. Sorry Lou. Time to retire.

Reed-

I, too, am recovering from a broken foot- so I can empathize with the pain and limited mobility, as well as missing work! That is the worst, especially when we love what we do so much and so many people want to see us on the job, again. Try (natural) Silica to speed healing, as well as an Exogen bone stimulator. I’m on the Silica and using infrared light to help my injury heal- wish I could afford Exogen, but I have a feeling you might be able to swing it! ;) Keep us posted on your progress, and I wish you best of luck for getting back on two healthy feet as soon as possible… Missing you on the field, but it is worth waiting and not risking reinjury, for both of us!

One more thing- after 4 weeks on crutches and still not able to put any weight on my broken foot without EXCRUCIATING pain that felt like my bone tearing apart…I was willing to try anything. Friday, I got a magnetic hematite “lariat” (aka “wrap” length 36″) and put it around my ankle- mind you, I couldn’t even STAND with any weight on my foot, much less dream of trying to WALK on it. As soon as I put it on, my pain level went down from an 8 out of 10 (if 10 was the pain in the first week) to a 1 or a 2!!! Over the weekend, starting to walk with my crutches taking part of my body weight, and Monday, walking without my crutches. Expected to wake up this morning with my foot screaming at me- not at all. Walking even better today! I wear the lariat during all waking hours and take it off at night. I’m all for what works- and I’m sold on this. Have bought more for my friends and family! Also helping my migraine headaches. Who knew? Anyway, maybe this can help you or anyone else reading this blog? I don’t care to take pain meds, but this works even better! I’m a walking testemonial and telling everyone I know!!! Hematite is a natural stone, containing iron, not a metal- there is a lot of fake “hematite” out there, so it is good to do your research to make sure you are getting the real deal. My wrists were bothering me A LOT from bearing all of my weight while using the crutches, so I wore the wraps as bracelets for a few hours and have had no pain there since I got off the crutches. May sound far-fetched, but the proof is in the pudding…! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Get well soon, Reed!

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