9/14 September callups

It’s September, and there are a lot of guys here. We had very few September callups when I was in Toronto. We had a really small roster in Spring Training, and usually a lot of September callups were the same guys you would see early in spring — guys who are on the 40-man roster. In this organization, you get to see a lot of guys in Spring Training, and now you see the same faces around. There are some good opportunities, not only for the players out there but the organization as well.

Look at K-Rod. He came up for the Angels in September [2002] and helped them in the playoffs. You get a first look at guys who are possibly going to be in the organization for a long time. It’s exciting to see those guys in this atmosphere as opposed to the Spring Training atmosphere. I think Lou and everyone in the front office can get a good look at how guys handle Chicago in general. Going to play in a big league organization somewhere else is one thing, but when you come here and you’re playing on this field in front of an electric crowd — not everybody can play under those circumstances. It’s a good opportunity to see which guys you think are going to be the future of the club and which guys will be best suited to play somewhere else.

You see some other organizations rebuilding or going the young route and trying to cut salary. With those teams, you’ll see a lot of older, veteran players moving out. Financially, it makes more sense. Here, I think they’ll continue to spend money to put the best team on the field.

– Reed

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Another great catch by Fuld!!! He and Mike have made some spectacular plays this year. It is inspiring when little guys
play big, and looks downright ridiculous when big guys pretend they are little. Take Jeff Baker’s sliding catch the other day. He made a routine popup look difficult, trying to replicate Fontenot’s catch a few days earlier. With his long legs, he could have gotten to the ball in about 5 or 6 steps, but he took about 16 mincing steps, and slid after he caught the ball, just to show off. It’s like a grownup riding a 16 inch bicycle. Mike, on the other hand, pumped his short legs as fast as they would go, and made a real effort. The fans are not fooled.

Well, you have proved yourself here, that you belong with this electric crowd and in the city of Chicago. I hope you play the rest of your long career there! Can’t picture you anywhere else.

I sure hope that Hendry does a better job recognizing “glue” players like yourself…. (PLAYERS THAT SHOULD BE STARTING EVERYDAY) He/they really dropped the ball this past off-season. Some of us are still having a difficult time coming to terms with the reality that DeRosa is now a Cardinal and Jason Marquis is in Colorado. All this team got out of those deals was a load of cheap pitching so they could go out and spend millions on that stale bag of chips that is Milton Bradley.
This organization is loaded with talent down the line. Players like Fox, Hoffpauir, Hill, and even, Fuld, Scales, Blanco could be playing everyday, like Cedeno is in Pittsburgh. I sure hope they get the exposure they deserve, so they can move up, and the Cubs can use them in future dealings.
Get well Reed! We fans want and need you back.

Good to see another entry from you.

I hope you come back next year, too, Reed. Miss you hustling out there!

~Reed~
Hey, thanks for the post. You are really missed out there. I agree with edelweiss’ comment about the little guys hustling. Fans appreciate Fuld and Font for the catches that they pull out in the field. The catch that Font made in shallow center yesterday and Fuld’s diving catch the other night–reminds me of you! I like the little hustling underdog players, the ones that play hard no matter what the score looks like. I hope that the way Font has been playing earns him some more starts, I feel much better when the Cajun Connection is up the middle, I also hope that soon Fuld is healed and can come back. I’m not sure we will get to see you this year so bust your butt in Spring Training like you always do and hopefully all the big guys making the decisions will give you the starting position that you deserve.
~Milli~

It looks like the final straw hit the Milton camel’s back.

Reed, all I can say is any guy on this team who goes out and hustles and gets the job done is always appreciated by the fans. Thanks to all the guys who stayed classy during this tough year.

I’m just glad it looks like there’s an end to this mess.

It was great to see the team use Fontenot’s speed and hustle to an advantage. He will always have this, in addition to great defense, even when his hitting deserts him. If he hadn’t been made to play third base for half the season, he would probably be hitting much better. If the Cubs are smart, they will switch him and Theriot to short and second in Spring Training. There may be an initial hump as his eyes adjust to short, but Fontenot usually makes all his mistakes in the beginning, and finishes with superior fielding. That experiment at third base proved that. If he can get on base the way he did in 2008, he would be a good leadoff man and shortstop, and Theriot, who is a more steady hitter, but has less range, and not as strong an arm, could be the everyday second baseman. Then the Cubs could stop putting slow moving six footers at second base, just because they can hit.

It was great to see the team use Fontenot’s speed and hustle to an advantage. He will always have this, in addition to great defense, even when his hitting deserts him. If he hadn’t been made to play third base for half the season, he would probably be hitting much better. If the Cubs are smart, they will switch him and Theriot to short and second in Spring Training. There may be an initial hump as his eyes adjust to short, but Fontenot usually makes all his mistakes in the beginning, and finishes with superior fielding. That experiment at third base proved that. If he can get on base the way he did in 2008, he would be a good leadoff man and shortstop, and Theriot, who is a more steady hitter, but has less range, and not as strong an arm, could be the everyday second baseman. Then the Cubs could stop putting slow moving six footers at second base, just because they can hit.

I just wish Piniella would get it through his head that the steroid days are over….. how many teams have won the world series in the past 2-3 years with small ball players making the impact… Victorino… The White Sox small ball players… I don’t know who should be at 2nd or SS… Theriot has great range.. almost like Ozzie Smith only not quite…I would love to see Blanco (SS) and Theriot (2nd) and Fox… I’ll tell you right now.. Fox needs to be a DH like Butler for KC… or that poor fella will come off a national league bench for life.. Bradley just needs to be left alone and given emotional support and he will deliver… He has the talent.. Cub fans are supposed to supprt their team through and through.. but I don’t see any love for Bradley.. Hey, welcome to the Cubs, you suck… Same thing happened with Baker when he got traded to the Cubs this season who you all seem to love now… Only Baker is proforming and now you leave him alone… Those bleacher bums need to do the right thing next season if Bradley comes back and show him some love to get what you all want.. I don’t know who’s momma taught them that yelling hate speaches at people makes them want to try, but mine said the opposite.. So, whatever… I’ll never blame Milton Bradley for not wanting to try… Not till Chicago grows up and appreciate the hard work of others.. I am sure all of you never sucked in any way shape or form at your jobs… never had a bad week…. just absolutely perfection in a yankee body…. oh if we could all be like you… To get what you want from Bradley, give him what he wants… acceptance… and respect… or be selfish jerks as fans… but one thing I know for sure…. Reed Johnson needs to play everyday…. I agree with the other poser from the other thread…. To learn how to hit lefties you have to face lefties… makes perfect sense..

I’m so happy to hear that you are back!!! Should have figured that you would not end the season on the disabled list… you work too hard for that! We’ll see you in San Diego!! yippeee
:o)

The Cubs look so good now that I will be sorry to miss the rest of the season. I will be in the Old Country, and will be at the Oktoberfest. I understand the Sox had some sort of Oktoberfest yesterday, but most of the German community lives on the North Side and northern suburbs, and are Cubs fans. Hendry needs to plan some sort of doing like that for next year. Last year I lit candles in the oldest monasteries and cathedrals for some of the Cubs players, and they finished strong, even though they were unaware I did it. I will do the same for the same players this year. Remember, I will be enjoying much better beer than you.

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