Posted on 24 November 2009 by Lou
Derrek Lee had a solid year for the Chicago Cubs in 2009, but finished 9th in National League MVP Award voting. Albert Pujols of the Cubs biggest rival – the St. Louis Cardinals – was the unanimous winner, followed up by Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins, Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies and Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Lee’s 111 RBI’s were a career high. His .306 batting average led the team. Lee clubbed 35 HR’s, the most since 2005 when he hit 46 HR’s and finished 3rd in Most Valuable Player award voting.
Lee became the 5th player in Cubs history to have at least 2 seasons with the Cubs in which he had a .300 batting average and hit at least 30 HR’s and 100 RBI’s. The other 4 players to do so – Hack Wilson (4 times); Ernie Banks (2 times); Billy Williams (3 times); and Sammy Sosa (3 times).
Congrats on a GREAT year D-Lee – please keep it up during the 2010 MLB schedule…
Posted on 15 November 2008 by Lou
The day finally came – Saturday, September 20th at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. The Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 to give the Cubs their 2nd consecutive NL Central Division title under Manager Lou Pinella. It was great to be able to clinch the title at home (2007′s NL Central clinching game came on the road). Ted Lilly worked 7 solid innings. He only had one bad inning in which he gave up all 4 Cardinals runs. Carlos Marmol worked a perfect 8th inning and Kerry Wood worked the 9th inning for his 32nd save of the MLB season. The 5-4 win brought a staifying finish to a long, grueling 2008 season.
Alfonso Soriano had a 2-RBI single, which scored a third run following a Cardinals’ error in the field. Mark DeRosa added onto the lead with an RBI-double. And Ted Lilly performed a great sacrifice squeeze play to score the 5th run – which turned out to be the game-winner.
The Cubs qualified for post-season play 2 years in a row for the 1st time in over 60 years. The Cubs fans celebrated for hours after the game as only Cubs fans know how to do. Too bad the post-season celebrations did not last longer into October 2008.