Sunday, March 6, 2011
Cubs duo aware of 'sophomore jinx'
By Melissa Isaacson
MESA, Ariz. -- Gordon Beckham doesn't pretend it wasn't scary. Any major league baseball player coming off a great rookie year would be lying if he said he didn't think about it.
From Mark Fidrych to Steve Sax to Joe Charboneau to Kerry Wood, the expression "Sophomore Jinx" has become almost a jinx in itself.
"When I didn't meet expectations, I kind of panicked," said Beckham of his struggles last season. "It was like 'Why am I not doing what I'm supposed to do?' "
Geovany Soto and Randy Wells place themselves in the sophomore slump club and any advice they might offer Cubs' teammates Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro, both coming off standout rookie seasons, is tempered by the fact that it's obviously not that easy.
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