10/20/2003 8:10 PM ET
Alou to remain with Cubs
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com WorldSeries.com
CHICAGO -- It's no surprise, but Moises Alou will be back with the Chicago Cubs in 2004.
Alou exercised his option to renew his contract with the team, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry confirmed Monday.
Alou, 37, rebounded from a disappointing 2002 and batted .280 with the Cubs this year, hitting 22 home runs with 91 RBIs in 151 games, the second-highest games-played total of his career.
Moises Alou / LF
The left fielder hit .388 (19-for-49) in 12 postseason games for the Cubs, including two home runs and two doubles. He drove in eight runs.
Alou batted .307 with runners in scoring position, and had a career-high five-hit day Sept. 3 in an 8-7 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
He will likely be best remembered for a catch he didn't make. The Cubs had a 3-0 lead in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against Florida. With one out, the Marlins' Juan Pierre doubled and Luis Castillo walked, although he might have been out if a fan hadn't appeared to interfere with a foul ball that Alou tried to catch along the left-field wall.
"Fans, they don't go to school to be taught what balls to touch and what balls not to touch," said Alou, who was visibly upset at the souvenir-seeking fan and threw his glove. "Things like that happen."