Extra bases

• Some of the Cubs players, including Darwin Barney, surprised 77-year-old Bob Gehrke with a new pair of shoes with his name, "Bob," stitched on the tongue. Gehrke is the usher stationed outside the door that leads to the Cubs' clubhouse from the dugout at Wrigley Field. He does more than check ID's.

"I try to encourage them," Gehrke said. "And we joke around a little."

Barney asked Gehrke for his shoe size, and had them made. How nice are they?

"You feel like you're walking on a pillow," Gehrke said.

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