Five Cubs players I’m thankful I got to see play in my lifetime

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Chicago Cubs: This is the kind of guy I’d want on my team

“D-Ro” is the kind of guy you need on good teams. He was a lot like another good player who came to the Cubs as a glue guy who could do a lot of things during the most recent window of contention for the Cubs- Ben Zobrist.

Mark DeRosa was only with the Cubs for two seasons, but it sure felt like he spent a lot more time in Chicago. DeRosa played seven positions for the Cubs in 2007 and 2008, slashed .289/.373/.451., and played the best ball of his career at Wrigley in ’08. He played hard, grinded at-bats, and was a team guy. He was never the best player on the field in his career, but he was a solid MLB player and affable character. He’s even turned that into a nice post-playing career working on MLB Network.

DeRosa was one of those guys who had a bigger impact on the game than his stats would suggest, although he did have two really good seasons in Chicago. He was clutch, could be moved around the field to play different positions, and just seemed to know how to win. It’s also a shame his teams weren’t able to have more success in the postseason, as he posted a career slash line of .358/.414/.566 in 22 postseason games. Thankful for him as a Cub, and for his work on MLB Network since.