Chicago Cubs shortstop Ryan Theriot stole his 17th base of the season Wednesday, during Chicago's 8-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. The theft was also the 80th of Theriot's career, in this his third full year of Major League ball. Theriot has attained a firm standing as the number one fan favorite over the past three years, if only by default: each of the other logical candidates has fought injuries and inconsistency. Theriot's intensity, hustle, and exciting style have endeared him to a fan base that prides itself on its personal ties to Cubs players, even if everything from the ticket prices to the lax ballpark atmosphere at Wrigley Field suggest a certain elitist tendency. Theriot's 75.5 percent career success rate is not dazzling, but with no three other  ...
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