David Ross’ players bequeathed him with the honor of opening a new pack of trading cards recently.
“I didn’t have a whole lot of luck in getting the good cards,” the Cubs manager said with a smile, “so I'm suspended from opening any cards.”
Cubs center fielder Jake Marisnick has brought more than his speed and luscious locks to the Cubs this year. He also inspired a new pregame activity in the Cubs clubhouse. He’s gotten his teammates into collecting baseball and basketball cards, Ross said Sunday.
“Opening up packages, everybody's around,” Ross said. “It's a huge ordeal when somebody gets a new box and you're going through.”
Asked how Marisnick and fellow role players Eric Sogard and Matt Duffy have fit in the clubhouse since joining the team this offseason, Ross raved about their additions.
“They’ve jelled seamlessly,” he said, “to be honest with you.”
Marisnick joined the Cubs as their fourth outfielder, but his role grew with left fielder Joc Pederson and then center fielder Ian Happ taking turns on the injured list. In his last 15 games, entering play Sunday, Marisnick was hitting .289 with four home runs and two triples.
On Sunday, Marisnick joined a long list of injured Cubs players. He left in the first inning of the Cubs’ 6-5 loss to the Pirates on Sunday with a right hamstring strain.
“Hopefully it's not too serious,” Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks said after the game. “He's a big part of this group right now. We need him out there.”