Like Tim Wakefield(notes), the Cubs' lone representative did not see action in the 80th All-Star Game, though he was greeted appropriately by a Busch Stadium crowd overwhelmingly represented by Cardinals fans.
Not like Philly booed Adam Eaton(notes), which was below the belt, one pundit said. Rather, it was the
unfriendly, hostile good-natured ribbing reserved for a loathed respected member of the bleeping Cubs opposition.
Lilly has been a favored guest in St. Louis ever since he ran over Yadier Molina last year.
But depress not, Theodore Roosevelt. In a Chicago Tribune feature story about the maitre d' at Italian Village, one of Chicago's more popular restaurants, a tuxedoed Frank Srgo dropped a certain name.
Favorite recent visitor: "A pitcher for the Cubs was here, Ted Lilly, one of the most beautiful persons there is. Him and his wife both. Unbelievable."
Despite the team's apparently impending bankruptcy, along with a sluggish first half on the field, Ted and the Mrs. manage to retain their respective allure in a place smart enough not to put provel on its pizza. It's hard to argue with Srgo, who is celebrating his 50th anniversary at the downtown eatery and has seen his share of the beautiful people come and go.
Now, as Lilly told MLB.com, he hopes that he and the Cubs can get on with the business of whatever it is they're doing in the NL Central.
- Ted Lilly