Greetings from Minute Maid Park, where Chicago Cubs infielders and former championship teammates at LSU Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot will need to step up their games after superstar teammate Alfonso Soriano went down with a quad injury Sunday.
"The Riot" was moved to the leadoff spot here tonight and is looking forward to the challenge. Look for an in-depth story later this week in The Times on how a pair of league-minimum former LSU Tigers are helping the Cubs in their search for a pennant.
In addition to the stories in the paper, shreveporttimes will have audio from Theriot, Fontenot and Cubs' GM Jim Hendry.
Also read about how Theriot acquired the nickname "The Riot" from the Cubs' broadcasters and what he thinks about his moniker. Also, The Times talked to Theriot's grandparents in attendance tonight and found out how the nickname goes back more than half a century.
Prior to tonight's game, Theriot told The Times that he'd be even more aggressive in the leadoff spot. Before, when he was batting No. 2, he had Derrick Lee behind him so he didn't want to get throw out on the base paths with one of the league's best run producers at the plate.
After doubling in his second at bat, the Baton Rouge native practiced what he preached when he stole third base. Ronny Cedeno then struck out and Lee lined out sharply to center field. The Cubs didn't get on the board in this instance, but if Theriot continues to get on base, and then procedes to cause havoc, it could help minimize the loss of Soriano.