Campana reflects on progress since debut

Campana reflects on progress since debut

CINCINNATI -- Tony Campana took advantage of Tuesday's rainout to get a home-cooked meal, going to see his mom in nearby Springboro, Ohio, for her stromboli.

Campana is approaching the one-year anniversary of his Major League debut with the Cubs, which was May 17 at Great American Ball Park, much to the delight of family and friends. He's come a long way since then.

"It's crazy -- I was looking at some hitting against [Bronson] Arroyo yesterday with Rudy [Jaramillo, hitting coach] and saw how much different my stance and everything is since then and how much more relaxed I am now," Campana said. "It's pretty crazy."

Campana, with seven, and Starlin Castro, with 10, are the first Cubs duo to record at least seven stolen bases each in the first month. Campana fills a unique niche on a lineup.

"Me and Juan Pierre were talking about that a little," said the speedy Campana. "He was saying, 'They try to find ways to weed us out, and then you see guys come around every once in a while and you can't.' If I can get on base, I can be valuable."