The talented Cubs bench players have taken pride in being able to perform when called on.">
The talented Cubs bench players have taken pride in being able to perform when called on.">

The "Lemons" Speak Out

They call themselves "The Lemons." And they have been providing plenty of "Lemon-aid."<BR><BR> The talented Cubs bench players have taken pride in being able to perform when called on.

"I'm the head Lemon," backup outfielder Tom Goodwin said. "I'm the most sour."

With some of the injuries the Cubs have dealt with, and a schedule that features plenty of day games after night games -- especially at Wrigley Field -- Cubs manager Dusty Baker is glad that players like Goodwin, catcher Paul Bako, infielders Ramon Martinez and Jose Macias, and outfielders Todd Hollandsworth and Damian Jackson, can come in and contribute.

"I can't say enough about our bench guys," Baker said. "It's important to have a good bench."

Five players who normally are reserves started in Thursday's (May 13) game against Los Angeles, and they accounted for four runs and four RBI in a 7-3 victory over the Dodgers to avoid a sweep.

So how did they come to be known as the "Lemons?"

"It sounds like a bad thing, but we're bench guys who are bored a lot of times and we just sort of labeled ourselves the 'Lemons,'" Bako said. "It kind of caught on. I can't explain the whole thing because it would get the other guys irritated."

Todd Walker, a starter for Boston last year who opened the season on the bench, has graduated to being a "Lime," according to Bako, because Walker has been starting since Mark Grudzielanek went on the disabled list April 10.

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