CHICAGO -- John Baker normally isn't the sentimental type, but the veteran catcher had to snap a picture when he went out onto to the Wrigley Field playing surface Wednesday afternoon and discovered that his number still was listed as the current Cubs pitcher on the historic manual scoreboard.
A day after becoming the first Cubs position player to get a win by pitching a scoreless inning in Chicago's 4-3, 16-inning decision over the Colorado Rockies, Baker couldn't stop smiling.
"It was awesome," he said. "It was one of those things that when do you ever get a chance to do that on the field. In Cubs history, I'm the first position player to ever get a win as a Chicago Cub. This organization's been around a few years, so it shows you how rare something like this is."
Baker said he received countless texts from players, coaches and managers across the major leagues, either congratulating him or having a bit of fun with his feat. One coach jokingly told Baker he was tipping his slider. He replied that he doesn't throw a slider.
Baker went into detail about his assortment of pitches: "A 76-mile-per-hour sinker and a 79-mile-an-hour yanked four-seamer. I think it was a 67-mile-per-hour split-finger that I attempted to throw."
Baker, 33, was a reliever in college.
"The last time I was on the mound was 2000 for the (Yarmouth-Dennis) Red Sox in the Cape Cod League, and it didn't go as well as last night because I gave up a couple of runs and I returned to catcher to finish the game," he said.
Now, however, he has the ultimate street cred with the Cubs' pitchers.
"There's no excuse that they can make, at least for the next two weeks, that I'm gonna take seriously, he said. "It's not gonna change anything I do with the pitchers, but I am going to be able to give them a hard time."