One fun aspect of spring training is players getting mic'd up during games. Friday against the Giants, it was Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo's turn to join the Marquee broadcast, and he brought a well-known guest star with him.
Former Cub and current Giants infielder Tommy La Stella reached base on a single in the first inning and Rizzo offered him the mic to say hello to Cubs fans.
La Stella had fun at his own expense along the way.
"Hey, Cubs fans," La Stella said. "Sorry I stunk when I was with you."
Rizzo was quick to come to La Stella's defense: "No, you won us a championship," he said, La Stella seemingly questioning that statement with his body language.
La Stella's career has risen to new heights since the Cubs traded him to the Angels in November 2018. Once a utility man on the North Side, La Stella made his first career All-Star team in 2019.
Since that trade, he's hit .289/.356/.471, earning a three-year deal with San Francisco this past winter.
La Stella should give himself some credit. He hit .273/.356/.397 in four seasons with the Cubs, so "stunk" doesn't quite describe his performance in Chicago.
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