Chicago Cubs: Remembering two fan favorites from the late 2000 teams
Chicago Cubs had a good one in their big first baseman
Perhaps my favorite Cubs player during my childhood was Derrek Lee. Let’s face it Cubs fans; he was Anthony Rizzo before Anthony Rizzo. Lee even started his big-league career with the Padres like Rizzo.
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Beginning in 2004 and ending 109 games into 2010, Lee was a member of the Cubs, and dare I say a pretty good one. In the six full seasons that Lee spent with the club, the 6’5″ first baseman slashed .304/.384/.539. Along with that, Lee averaged 27 home runs per season and an OPS+ of 133.
As a Cub, Lee racked up two Gold Glove awards, two All-Star Game appearances, a Sliver Slugger and finished in the top 10 in National League MVP voting twice.
Perhaps my favorite memory of Derrek Lee was a summer’s day in 2008. It was my tenth birthday and my parents and I had taken a vacation to Atlanta. What I thought was a trip to visit the Coca Cola factory ended up being a trip to the ballpark. That ballpark was of course Turner Field and the game was Cubs-Braves.
As mentioned above, I grew up watching the Braves on TV so I had an idea of what Turner Field looked like. Still, to see it in person and to see the players; most notably Derrek Lee, is a memory I will never forget.