Once Chicago’s matinee idol, clutch hitter and go-to guy for interviews on the Cubs’ last contending teams, Mark DeRosa now counsels patience to the fans who once protested his trade to the Cleveland Indians.
“I think you’ve got to trust in Theo (Epstein) and Jed (Hoyer) and the guys in the front office (off) what they were able to do in Boston,” said the Blue Jays’ DeRosa, 38, now playing on his fifth team since he left the Cubs after 2008.
The dropoff from a 97-win Cubs team in 2008 to 101 losses in 2012 was astounding. The Cubs seemingly have never recovered from their three-game sweep at the hands of the Dodgers in the 2008 National League Championship Series.
“One of the greatest teams I’ve ever been on, and for a three-game stretch it was a comedy of errors,” DeRosa said. “And we owned up to it. We would have loved another shot coming back. I was a movable piece.
“We truly did love being around each other. It was a tight-knit team. I’ve never come across that again in my career.”
Bogusevic muscling up at Iowa: With Cubs center fielder David DeJesus disabled due to a shoulder injury, a callup of De La Salle alum Brian Bogusevic from Triple-A Iowa would have been timely.
Problem is, lefty-hitter Bogusevic is not on the Cubs’ 40-man roster. Another player would have to be dropped to accommodate his callup.
Through Saturday’s games, 6-foot-3, 220-pound left-handed hitting outfielder Bogusevic had eight homers, 28 RBIs, a .320 average and a .421 on-base percentage. On Wednesday, he had his third career two-homer game in a 5-1 win over Oklahoma.
“I feel good so far,” Bogusevic said. “Working counts (to adhere to Theo Epstein’s philosophy) is something I can do.” He has drawn 36 walks so far.
Tom and Sandy Bogusevic, his parents, were in Des Moines watching him play over the weekend.
Gorzelanny unheralded in relief for Brewers: Onetime Lansing resident Tom Gorzelanny is having a great year, but not getting any glory, in middle relief for the slumping Milwaukee Brewers.
In his first 27 games, the 30-year-old lefty was 1-1 with a 1.91 ERA. He gave up just 16 hits in 28 1/3 innings. The ex-Cub even made a four-inning spot start in a 4-3 victory June 8 over the Phillies. Gorzelanny served up just a Dominic Brown homer.
Gorzelanny’s father, Bob, is now a northwest Indiana resident.