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Old Mar 24th 2009, 3:59 pm
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Around the horn: Ryan Theriot

On of the players who has quickly became one of the most popular Chicago Cubs, is the starting shortstop Ryan Theriot. He started off as a bench player in 2005 under former Cubs Manager Dusty Baker, getting the rare start when one of the aging veterans on the ball club needed a day off. When Lou Piniella took over as Cubs Manager, he initially kept the role of a sub, until midseason when Piniella had seen enough of the deadweight that was currently occupying the position, Cesar Izturis. In 2007 the little sparkplug finally got his chance to be a starter. Once Theriot got into the lineup, and started to play on a regular basis, he quickly won over the fans with his high energy playing style. Something that fans love seeing out of players. The scrappier the better in the hearts of the Cubby Blue Faithful.

When Theriot became a mainstay in the starting lineup, in June of 2007, he took off. Fans took notice of this, and using a play on words with his last name, nicknamed him The Riot. Catchphrases rocketed throughout Wrigleyville, including “You can’t quiet the Riot”. He played very well for most of the season, but hit a steady decline in the later part of the season, hitting a wall in September. While he finished the season with a .266 batting average, that did not discourage the fans who had already adopted him as someone who will be in their hearts for as long as he wears the Cubs uniform. They had faith that they had found someone who would be able to fill the void that had been left at shortstop for the past several years.

With his first full year under his belt Theriot entered the 2008 season knowing that he would be the starting shortstop for the Cubs. He knew that he would be more prepared for the long stretch of games this year. The preparation paid off, as Theriot was a man who could not be stopped, The Riot had announced his presence with authority hitting a very impressive .307 batting average. While he had an impressive season, he still seemed to hit a wall toward to end of the season, and seemed to tire out as the long season wore on. With Theriot showing an emergence, there is very little doubt that he will once again be the starting shortstop for the ball club. However, Piniella has stated that he plans on resting Theriot more this year, giving newly acquired Aaron Miles starts at shortstop. His hope is that giving Theriot more time off through out the season will make him fresher for the stretch run and for the playoffs, if and when we win the division.

While Theriot will never be a power hitter who hits homeruns, in fact there is a good likely hood that he will never hit more then 10 in a season, the fans love when he steps in the batters box because they know that Theriot will always put forth a maximum effort. That is what makes him one of the favorite players on the ball club, his play hard attitude. Considering that last year was his first full year as a starter, predicting what he will do in other offensive categories would be hard to do. However, you would not be going out on a limb to predict him to hit around .300 again for the second straight season.

When you take a look at Theriot, there is very little to break down and dissect. He puts everything on the line every time he steps between the lines. That is what baseball is about, that is the way things are supposed to be. Theriot should be a part of this lineup for many years, and as long as he continues to do what he has done since getting the starting nod, he will continue to be a fan favorite for as long as he is here.
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Nice assessment.

On the subject of Theriot's "power"... I'd be amazed if he ever got more than like 4 homers in a season. But, hey, remember that one time (in 06, I'm thinking) when he hit two in one game? I'm always open to being amazed.
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Theriot was a hard one to write. There isnt much to bring up with him. the main thing will be keeping him fresh, and keeping him from getting worn out late in teh season
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He needs to improve his baserunning this year. I still don't like the Cubs defense up the middle, but Fontenot is an improvement over DeRosa. I wish the Cubs had a more athletic backup SS than Miles, though.
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Miles will surprise you. We have only seen limited samples of him. I have Cardinal friends who say he is better then we seem to think. He wont win any gold gloves, but he will make some good plays for you
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I can appreciate a player like Ryan Theriot (and Reed Johnson, and it sounds like an Aaron Miles) who give 100% effort all the time than the big name names who think just because they have the big contract, the big name, the fancy cars that they should be a fan favorite and slack on their game.

Another good review of the players.....did you ever hear back from Kap?
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nah, he never emailed me back. maybe i should send him my blogs instead of a link

oh well, i will try again at some point
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I can appreciate a player like Ryan Theriot (and Reed Johnson, and it sounds like an Aaron Miles) who give 100% effort all the time than the big name names who think just because they have the big contract, the big name, the fancy cars that they should be a fan favorite and slack on their game.
No offense, but I absolutely hate reading cliched schtick like this. I'll take talent over effort everytime. besides Theriot is somewhat of a egomaniac.
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sorry to upset you bock (if you were directing it at me and not Ryno) Talent over effort everytime is agreed. I will take a guy who halfasses it and puts up 40 HR 100 RBI anyday (Manny) over a guy who busts his ass gets 20 HR 50 RBI anyday. But when they lack the offensive power threat numbers as Theriot does, you enjoy seeing a guy busting his ass as if he is one of the big stars
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I dunno. You want guys with talent, but you want effort, too. I want guys on my team who will put up some big numbers, but I want people I like as well. If everybody on the Cubs was a complete jerk-off who hit 40 homers, I wouldn't be too into that team. And a team like that wouldn't get too far, I don't think. You need the Theriots and the Johnsons and Miles. You want some guys like that on your team. I do, at least.
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