Mike Fontenot one up on pal Ryan Theriot
by Gordon wittenmyer firstname.lastname@example.org March 1, 2011 11:58PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — San Francisco Giants infielder Mike Fontenot didn’t need ex-Cub teammate Ryan Theriot to tell him about that horseshoe he seemed to have implanted last year.
Theriot took to the Chicago airwaves soon after the Los Angeles Dodgers traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals in November and, among other things, feigned irritation that his Louisiana neighbor and buddy — or ‘‘troll,’’ as Theriot called him — had recently married such a ‘‘beautiful girl.’’ This after stumbling into a World Series championship when the Cubs traded him to the Giants in August.
‘‘He didn’t tell me that,’’ Fontenot said, smiling, Tuesday before the Cubs played the Giants. ‘‘I guess I was a little lucky to get a chance to experience [the World Series]. And getting married in the same offseason, I’d like to think I’m over my skis, and I’m happy about that.’’
As for Theriot, Fontenot gets the last laugh during World Series ring presentations April 9, with the Cardinals watching from the other dugout.
‘‘I told him, ‘Hey, guess what? We get our rings against you guys,’ ’’ Fontenot said. ‘‘He’s just like shaking his head. I said, ‘I’ll walk down the line and wiggle it at you.’ ’’
Guzman on tap
Right-hander Angel Guzman’s comeback attempt from what was considered career-threatening shoulder surgery a year ago continues today with his first session of throwing live batting practice.
‘‘Miracles can happen,’’ Cubs manager Mike Quade said. ‘‘He’s a guy you root for. It’s a long shot, but I’ve played a few of those and cashed.’’
While talking about the Giants’ unexpected World Series run after barely making the playoffs last year, Quade also drew on recent history from the NHL and NFL to suggest hope for the Cubs.
‘‘The [Philadelphia] Flyers get in on the last day of the season on a shootout or something and darn near have a shot at beating the Blackhawks [in the finals],’’ he said. ‘‘The Packers are scrambling like a dog, and they get in and — bang — they run the table.
‘‘There’s plenty of reasons to look around and say, ‘Why not us?’ ’’
Turns out outfielder Fernando Perez didn’t escape unscathed from his diving catch Monday, after all. Although his surgically repaired left wrist is fine, he had soreness in his left shoulder Tuesday and was to miss at least two days of games.
◆ Outfielder Tyler Colvin gets his first professional game action at first base Friday with a start against the Kansas City Royals.