CHICAGO–On Thursday, the Cubs were surprised to find former Baltimore Oriole Kevin Hart standing outside of Wrigley Field, waiting to be assigned a locker and a jersey number.
“It was awkward,” said team president John McDonough, who found Hart looking forlornly at the gates of Wrigley Field with his possessions wrapped in a handkerchief and tied to a stick over his shoulder. “He didn’t have anywhere to go. He looked so out of place.”
Hart was traded to the Cubs to complete a deal which sent utilityman and all-around bad player Freddie Bynum to the Orioles. The Cubs were surprised to receive a Major League Baseball player in return for Bynum.
“I was fine with the deal the way it was,” said Cubs G.M. Jim Hendry, speaking from a hospital bed after undergoing an angioplasty. “Bynum for a player not to be named later was fine with me. It’s great that we actually got a player with a name in return.”
Asked what the Cubs’ plans for Hart are, Hendry said, “What is he, a pitcher? I guess we’ll just go ahead and schedule him for Tommy John surgery in January. That way, he can rehab with us in 2007, and then go pitch successfully for another club in 2008.”