Miguel Montero wasnt welcomed back to the Friendly Confines in a very friendly way. The guy who blasted a grand slam in last postseasons National League Championship Series and drove in the run that ended up being the difference in Game 7 of the World Series was booed repeatedly as if he was a rival St. Louis Cardinal, not an integral part of the biggest moment in franchise history. Heck, Dexter Fowler is currently a St. Louis Cardinal and continues to receive warm receptions when he returns to Wrigley Field.
Baseball players, just by nature of being together everyday from February to October, go through periods where they find weird good-luck charms, adopt random animals that are rally-bringers and decide that the most random things are making them lose. It came this week from the Toronto Blue Jays, who decided to stop wearing their new all-red uniforms that celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday because they’re “bad luck.” The Jays were supposed to wear them for all Sunday home games this season, plus for Canada Day. Is that the red uniforms fault, Justin Smoak?
The best way for the Cubs to weather Jon Lester’s absence? Pitch well. Fortunately for the Cubs, that’s exactly what they’re doing of late. Lester was placed on the disabled list ahead of Friday’s 7-4 win over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, but the news was about as good as it could’ve been for the North Siders. Lester’s DL stint will effectively be just a stretch of time off to rest after pitching so deep into October in recent seasons. The official description of his injury is left lat tightness and general shoulder fatigue. Of course the team will miss the ace of its starting staff while he’s on the shelf, but there’s a perfectly good way to make up for his absence: the rest of the pitchers