Jim Hendry is a genius. He gets credit, deserved, for swiping Aramis Ramirez from the Pirates two seasons ago. But his pickup of Neifi Perez, who smacked a 10th-inning grand slam to beat the Cardinals last night, may be the only thing that’s kept the Cubs from being completely awful this season. I mean, we knew Perez could play Gold Glove defense, but his 8 home runs and 40-odd RBIs this year have been a real bonus.
It will be nice to get a healthy Nomar back into the lineup, but the way Neifi has played this year, I’m not too anxious to get him back.