#RememberThatCub: Jim Edmonds
By: Alex Patt
Not everyone at Wrigley Field was welcoming former Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds to the Chicago Cubs on May 15, 2008. The veteran outfielder signed with the Cubs the day before, after being released by the San Diego Padres. While he got some cheers, he got plenty of spattered boos from the crowd at Wrigley. Some just could not forget the eight seasons he wore a Cardinals jersey and absolutely tortured the Cubs.
Regardless of being happy or not to see Edmonds in a Cubs jersey, it felt weird. Even Edmonds himself in the pre-game interview admitted it was weird for him to be in the home clubhouse at Wrigley. One could wonder what it was like when he and Carlos Zambrano met as teammates for the first time after having a long, not so friendly history facing each other.
History aside, long-time enemy Jim Edmonds became a Cub and helped them to 97 wins and a division title.
When he arrived in 2008, he had nothing really left to prove and wanted to get a second World Series ring. He was 38 and coming off a year he hit only 12 homers in and put up a .728 OPS in 117 games. Very unlike his career numbers. In just 26 games with the Padres, he slashed .178/.265/.233 with one home run. Edmonds was added to the Cubs more or less for veteran depth knowing he was old and past his prime. Not to mention having another veteran outfielder on the team with Alfonso Soriano missing some time with the broken hand ended up being big.
Edmonds ended up putting together a solidly productive season with the Cubs. He slashed .256/.369/.568 with 19 homers, 49 RBIs, and a .937 OPS in 85 games. Some of his memorable highlights of the season included his two home runs in one inning against the White Sox, and grand slam against the Brewers in that four-game Sweep in Milwaukee. He even recorded the final out against his former team in center to seal the NL Central crown. Unfortunately the Cubs got swept in the NLDS and Edmonds hit just .200 in the series with two doubles.
He was only a Cub for that season, and it can be easy to forget, but he really did make some nice contributions to that team. Even if some fans still hate to admit it. It was fun seeing him slug opposite field home runs at Wrigley FOR the Cubs and not against them. Though, it is easy to assume most Cubs fans will still see Edmonds as the villain who wore Cardinals red for so many years.
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