10/04/2003 2:45 AM ET
Simon says: Cubs win
Former Brave gets revenge on former team in victory
CHICAGO -- The Braves always knew Randall Simon could hit. After all, he had a .317 batting average for the Braves in 1999. However, with Andres Galarraga entrenched at first base, he was let go the following season.
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
Three seasons later, Simon showed what the Braves have
been missing as he drove in the game-winning run to
help the Cubs defeat Atlanta, 3-1, in Game 3 of the
NLDS. The Cubs now have a 2-1 series lead.
In the bottom of the first inning, Simon, who was
acquired from the Pirates on Aug. 16, was able to get
sweet revenge against the Braves, the team that let him go
after the 1999 season. With runners on second and
third and two outs, Simon took a Greg Maddux pitch and
singled to right field, scoring Kenny Lofton and Mark
"You know that's the reason I came over here, to
contribute for us and go to the World Series," said Simon,
who hit .282 with six home runs and 21 RBIs for the
Cubs this season. "I'm having a great time, and every
time I go out there, I give everything I've got to help
"I always swing at everything. Maddux didn't want to
give it up. At the same time, having first base open, I
was trying to put the ball in play. It was a great hit
for us to win."
Said manager Bobby Cox on his former player, "He was
always a good hitter. (Maddux) was trying to pop him up
and (Simon) looped it right in for (a base hit).
Simon believes the Cubs' confidence is so high right
now that he doesn't think the Braves can beat them.
"We're playing one of the best teams in baseball, so
we have to go out there the same way we did today, work
hard and do the things to win ballgames," Simon said.
"All the time we put the offense and defense together,
and I don't think anybody can beat us."
Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This
story was not subject to approval by Major League
Baseball or its clubs.