Cubs Historical Heroes and Goats: 2003, part 10

The final six games of a 12-game homestand in June.

Welcome back. When last we checked in on our 2003 Cubs, they’d dropped four of six to start a four team, 12-game homestand. They’d lost two each to division rival Pirates and Astros (back when they were still in the National League). Their record had fallen to 30-25, still good for a team that had lost more than 90 games a year earlier, but well off of their early season pace. Their division lead was down to a single game.

An off day was next and then the Devil Rays and Yankees would come to town. Dusty Baker would get to match wits with Lou Piniella and Joe Torre, two of the most experienced managers in the game. What would these six games hold for the Cubs? Let’s find out.

Game 56, June 3: Cubs 3, Devil Rays 2 (31-25)

By June of 2003, Ramon Martinez was not quite a regular, but he was seeing a steady stream of playing time from Dusty Baker. As I’d noted previously, the two had also worked together in San Francisco. That June, Martinez got 78 plate appearances and had …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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