As a poster for this site, I was well aware of the fact the Padres are no good. But I didn’t realize how dire things are for the Friars until I saw Jody Gerut batting leadoff during Monday night’s game against the Cubs.
Gerut is remembered by Cubs fans for his illustrious 11-game career in 2005, during which he picked up one hit and batted .071. Sadly, I am pretty sure I can remember his only hit. So do my two friends who sent me text messages upon learning that Gerut is playing for someone other than the Edmonton Cracker-Cats. Their responses were, and I quote, “HAHAHAHA no way. I knew the Padres were bad but not that bad” and “Holy shit.”
Perhaps the most memorable part of Gerut’s Cubs tenure — and his entire big league career — is that he was part of what I like to call the lamest series of trades in big league history. To recap:
From there, we move on to Lawton, who the Yankees picked up for the playoff stretch run. I’m still not sure what is funnier, that the Yankees thought he would add anything, or that the Pirates were footing the bill for his $7.75 million contract.
August 27, 2005: Traded by the Chicago Cubs to the New York Yankees for Justin Berg (minors)
By the end of the 2006 season, none of the players dealt in this series of moves was in the major leagues. And the only one who had done anything notable was Lawton, who was suspended for steroid use. So I figured it was safe to call this the worst chain of events since the Ashton Kutcher movie “The Butterfly Effect.”
But alas, Jody Gerut has made his successful return to the bigs for the first time in three years (it’s been so long that one of the things you can find when you Google search him is a link to his Indians “weblog“) thanks to the pathetic performance of washed-up former showboat and general tool Jim Edmonds. And Jody loudly made himself known, blasting a home run off of Carlos Zambrano that temporarily gave the Pads a 2-1 lead.
Unfortunately for the Padres, poor pitching squandered one of their best offensive showings of the year, as the Cubs went on to win 12-3.