Updated: August 25, 2011 12:31AM
Five months later, as you visit Wrigley Field for the first time as a Cardinal, are you indeed on the ‘‘right side of the rivalry,’’ Ryan Theriot?
‘‘Well, yeah,’’ said the former Cubs middle infielder, who riled fans and a few teammates last winter with those public comments soon after being traded from the Dodgers to St. Louis.
And just like that, the former Wrigley fan favorite turned into the ‘‘enemy’’ pitcher Carlos Zambrano called him during the Cubs Convention in January.
The fans booed him Tuesday during pregame introductions and each time he batted.
Saying the flap was ‘‘1,000 percent’’ blown out of proportion and ‘‘the stupidest thing in the world,’’ Theriot nonetheless didn’t back away from the comments.
‘‘What do you want me to say?’’ he said. ‘‘I stand by what I said. It’s the right side of the rivalry for me now. I’m a Cardinal. You can’t say you wish you were on the other side. I mean, come on, it’s like, ‘Who do you love more, your mom or your dad?’ ’’
The Cubs reacted the same way, with nothing close to the knockdown pitch that catcher Koyie Hill suggested in January was coming.
Theriot, who was excited about his return to Wrigley after the Cubs traded him to L.A. last July, said he talked to ex-teammates, including Hill, after the convention comments without issue.