CHICAGO -- Mike Redmond realized he'd be returning to U.S. Cellular Field shortly after he accepted the job as Marlins manager in November. Then the memories started pouring back.
When Redmond played for the Marlins in 2004, he called the ballpark home for two days. With Hurricane Ivan approaching the coast of Florida, the Marlins had to play two of their five home games against the Expos in Chicago on September 13 and 14. Florida couldn't afford any more rainouts after two of their games were postponed because of Hurricane Frances a week earlier against the Cubs.
To compensate, the Marlins played a four-game set in three days against the Cubs at Wrigley Field then moved across town to their new home away from home. The hotel that was housing the team couldn't handle its extended reservation, so the Marlins had to stay out in the suburbs and commute to the stadium.
"They tried to make it like a home game, so we had our PA announcer and organist," Redmond said. "They tried to make it as realistic as possible because we were still in it. We were close."
But in the end, Florida missed the playoffs. Redmond said the long trip away from home wore that team out, as the Marlins lost 14 of their next 21 games.
"I don't think I'll ever forget that, any time you ever play home games in somebody else's stadium," Redmond said. "There was just nobody here. It was like playing a Spring Training game, and the fans that were here were rooting for us because they didn't want the Cubs to make the playoffs."
Eovaldi to make rehab start Saturday for Jupiter
CHICAGO -- Miami starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will throw a 60-70 pitch rehab start with Class A Jupiter on Saturday. It will be his first start since he was placed on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on March 24.
Eovaldi joins three other Marlins who are on rehab assignments with the Hammerheads. Joe Mahoney didn't start on Thursday because of a sore hamstring, and he will take the next couple days off before resuming activity. Logan Morrison and Casey Kotchman are still on track with their rehab schedules.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond joked that Jupiter has a formidable squad at the moment.
"They're pretty good," Redmond said. "They're loaded over there."
Pierre keeps Chicago close to heart
CHICAGO -- When Marlins left fielder Juan Pierre landed in Chicago on Tuesday for Miami's weekend series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, he had two things on his mind -- drop his bags in his hotel room, then find a Portillo's. Pierre gained an affinity for the restaurant's cheeseburgers during his three years playing in Chicago, and he said he had to fill the craving that reminds him of the city he loves.
"Chicago was a great city for me," Pierre said. "I had a great time with the White Sox. The fans were always good to me. I got my 2,000th hit with the White Sox. I love the city, my wife loves the city."
The homecoming could also be a good thing for the Marlins, as Pierre has also loved hitting in Chicago. He's hit .286 in 679 career at-bats at U.S. Cellular Field and stolen 49 bases. He even swiped No. 500 when he was with Chicago and still cherishes the memory of that 2,000th hit.
"Unfortunately, we never made it to the playoffs," Pierre said. "From a personal standpoint, that 2,000th hit was special. It was a pretty cool milestone in a White Sox uniform. I was only here for two years, but it felt like longer."
Pierre played two seasons (2010, '11) with the White Sox and one season (2006) with the Cubs.
Ethan Asofsky is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.