Ex-Cubs pitcher Mark Prior told MLB.com’s Carrie Muskrat that he “enjoyed playing in Chicago and [has] a lot of great memories there.” I think Cubs fans have a lot of memories of Mark Prior. Sadly, most of those memories don’t involve him actually playing baseball.
Muskrat’s been reporting for the Cubs for a few years, and her Mark Prior articles deserve a spot in the “Best American Science Writing” series. Take this gem from her most recent story: “Prior is coming back from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, which he had last April. The procedure, performed by Dr. James Andrews, included a debridement of his right rotator cuff as well as repairing the labral and capsular injuries.”
The San Diego Union Tribune has an update on Brian Giles, the San Diego Padres outfielder who fought the wall–and the wall won. "Troubled through 80 percent of last season by a knee he damaged severely in a collision with the right-field wall at Wrigley Field in April, Giles had career lows of 13 homers and 51 RBI while playing in just 121 games." He’s finally back to 100% and ready for opening day, but I expect that he’ll exercise a little caution when running down balls the next time he visits the Friendly Confines.
The satirical Onion website has a painfully funny article about former Cubs pitcher Mark Prior. The article states that "Padres pitcher Mark Prior informed teammates Monday that he just has to pop in to the hospital for ‘one quick sec’ to have Tommy John connective tissue reconstruction surgery performed on his right arm." While Onion roasts Prior every spring, it’s still a shocker to see Mark Prior’s name associated with a ballclub other than the Cubs. It’s just another sign that the Sosa/Wood/Prior Cubs era that reached its pinnacle in 2003 has officially run its course.