Unless you’re Jerry Hairston Jr. that is. Hairston seemed to be okay after being beaned early in the game, but it’s fair to assume that he’ll be out of the lineup for a couple of days pending word from the doctors.
It was great to actually see the 2006 version of the Cubs for the first time. Eyre looked nasty and Howry came in for an inning. Jake Fox looked superb behind the plate on defense – his fundamentals as a catcher were definitely there, especially the way he blocked balls in the dirt. I was also impressed with Hill and 6-7 lefthander Sean Marshall, who is known for his changeup but really got my attention with a couple of wicked benders. Brandon Sing continued to impress with the bat – look for Sing to take over first for Iowa. And to think he was unprotected in the Rule 5 draft!
Jae-kuk Ryu (pronounced You Jay-cook in Korean) also appeared to have promising stuff; not a pigeon was to be seen during his time on the mound. Many of you may remember that Derrek Lee’s father Leon signed Ryu to a contract as a 17 year old. Look for an Iowa team that is about 100% better this year. Tomorrow Angel Guzman gets the start – because of the WBC we’re getting a real good look at the Cubs future and some of these kids have me excited.