SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Fernando Perez got a standing ovation when he stole a base.
The steal came in the Cubs' ninth inning Monday against the Angels. The game was tied at 13, and Perez walked with one out. He swiped second after several throws to first and eventually scored the game-winning run on Bryan LaHair's single.
"When you have a guy with that kind of skill, you just sit and watch and say, 'When is he going?'" Cubs manager Mike Quade said of the speedy Perez. "He did a nice job handling the moves, and when it was time, there he goes."
But a standing ovation?
"I was going to give him a standing ovation, because at that point, given the nature of the game, it's like, 'My goodness, this is unbelievable,'" Quade said of the Cubs' 14-13 win over the Angels.
The top basestealer on the Cubs last season was Ryan Theriot, with 16. They ranked second-to-last in stolen bases as a team. Perez may change that. On Tuesday, he started in center field against the Rockies, and the plan is to get him plenty of at-bats as the Cubs try to decide if he can fill the role as an extra outfielder.