There was much rejoicing back in April when the Cubs and the city of Chicago reached an agreement about the renovations to Wrigley Field. And there was anticipation that dirt would start to be turned as soon as the season ended at the end of the month. But not so fast:
Of course this uncertainty was also noted in April, as the owners had threatened to sue before the agreement and haven’t made a peep to the contrary since. Still, this is ultimately about money, not some forgone opportunity that is impossible to make right, so the Cubs could just start working and wait for the owners to actually prove they’ve been damaged by all of this somehow.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: