Cubs provide own tunes for BP in Busch

ST. LOUIS -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon likes his music, and so do the players, who crank up the volume during batting practice at Wrigley Field. On Monday, the Cardinals welcomed the Cubs to town by playing "Canon in D Major" by Johann Pachelbel when the Cubs started to hit, and then turned off the music entirely.

"This is really cool," Maddon said when he heard the classical music. "This is the kind of stuff that you have to bring your own speaker. ... I think it's great."

Assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske took care of the tunes and got a portable speaker from the Cubs clubhouse so the players had their own playlist. The Cardinals then played music that they picked.

Worth noting

Kyle Schwarber, who tore both the ACL and LCL in his left knee April 7, will have surgery this week, Maddon said Monday. Schwarber suffered the season-ending injury in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler at Chase Field.

Ben Zobrist grew up in nearby Eureka, Ill., and the majority of his family were die-hard Cardinals fans. On Monday, his father, Tom, a pastor at Liberty Bible Church, was at Busch Stadium wearing a Cubs jersey with his son's No. 18 on the back.

Ben Zobrist was planning a family trip in August when the Cardinals play the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but for now, friends are on their own.

"They have all season to find me," Zobrist said.

• Where did Cubs infielder Javier Baez get the teal-colored glove? It actually was the idea of his brother, Gady, who likes the bright color.

"He's in love with it," Javier Baez said.

Baez honors his brother and sister Noely by having both of their names stitched on the glove.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.