Ronny Cedeno Starting to Suspect Cubs Aren’t Really Taking Him to the Park
January 30, 2009
(Seattle, WA) – The Chicago Cubs continued their fast-paced offseason this week, trading Ronny Cedeno and Garrett Olson to the Seattle Mariners for Aaron Heilman. The Cubs were looking to add another pitcher capable of starting and relieving, and Heilman fills that role.
But it was a bittersweet move, as it parted Cedeno from the only team he’s ever known. And when it came to telling Cedeno that he had to go, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry had some trouble.
“Not only is it hard to do because you know he’s going to be very sad,” Hendry said. “It’s also hard because I knew that as soon as I said something to him about leaving, he’d run away and hide under the bleachers or something.”
So aside from the difficulty in telling Cedeno, how did the trade come about?
“Well, it was coming up on the end of the offseason, and it was looking like Ronny wasn’t going to make the team,” Hendry explained. “And he’s out of options. So it was a very difficult decision, but ultimately, we decided to do the logical thing. The humane thing. We were going to put him down.”
“But then the Mariners called, and said they had a big, new beautiful park where he could run around like an idiot on the basepaths as much as he wants.”
Of course, considering the Mariners’ recent woes, the Cubs may have landed on the more harmful option.
“It was really hard to tell Ronny that he was going away. To be honest, I just couldn’t look in those eyes and do it. So that’s why we told him we were going to the park, and loaded him up in the van. After about six hours, he started to get suspicious.”
“And once we got there, I had to drag him out of the van by the collar and get him inside to stay, you know, since he can’t operate door handles.”
“When we got back to the van, it was a mess. He was so upset that he chewed up his seat and he scratched up the window. And soiled himself a little.”