Cubs’ Wisdom will see foes who are friends when Cardinals come to town


Chicago Cubs’ Patrick Wisdom, right, celebrates with Anthony Rizzo after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Rick Hummel

In this episode of Inside Pitch, sports columnists Jeff Gordon and Ben Frederickson preview the Cardinals’ weekend series at Wrigley Field, where the team will attempt to make up ground on the division-leading Cubs and their fearless leader . . . Patrick Wisdom? That’s right, the former Cardinals minor leaguer is swinging a big bat for the North Siders. Can Matt Carpenter’s long-awaited breakthrough arrive at one of his favorite parks to hit? Ben Fred and Gordo wonder.

Sometime late Friday morning at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the Cardinals’ first-base coach will make a point of hugging the Cubs’ third baseman. The Cardinals’ manager may have the same inclination and the third-base coach, Ron “Pop” Warner, already knows what he’s going to do when he reaches his position for the start of Friday afternoon’s game. 

 “I’m going to go shake his hand,” said Warner.

The Cubs’ new third baseman has been a combination of Mike Schmidt and Jimmie Foxx rolled into one lately. Career minor leaguer Patrick Wisdom, who will be 30 on Aug. 27, has taken the baseball world and dropped it upside down in the past two weeks.

Wisdom, a former Cardinals supplemental first-round…

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