The Cubs could learn a lot about toughness from Brewers manager Ned Yost, who tripped and fell during his Tuesday run along the lakefront in Chicago, broke his collarbone, rubbed some dirt on it, and continued his five-mile trek. Refusing to wear a sling recommended by his doctor, Yost was in the dugout Tuesday night managing his club just a few short hours after taking the vicious spill.

“I realize that baseball players in this town aren’t exactly known for their durability,” said Yost, a former catcher. “I thought I’d teach them all a lesson.”

Another Yost lesson is teaching his Brewers ways to beat the tar out of the Cubs. However, the Lovable Losers turned the tables on Milwaukee Wednesday afternoon with a 16-hit attack, and avoided a sweep at soggy Wrigley, defeating the Brew Crew 9-3.

Ryan Theriot, who started his first game of the season at shortstop, provided his usual spark at the top of the order, with two hits, two runs scored, and two RBI. Derrek Lee added four hits, including his first home run of the season. Starter Ted Lilly pitched seven strong innings to even up his record at 2-2.

The successful Theriot experiment at shortstop brought a smile to his grumpy manager’s face.

“Thank god I don’t have to start Cedeno or Izturis at shortstop anymore,” said Lou Piniella. “Those guys belong in single-A.”

heckler editorial staff