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Cubs have a "super" flight to Pittsburgh

07/23/2012 1:22 PM ET
By Stephanie Jenks

The Chicago Cubs channeled their inner superheroes for Sunday's flight to Pittsburgh.(twitter.com/ESPNChiCubs)
Although the Chicago Cubs may not have left St. Louis as conquering heroes this weekend, they sure looked the part as they voyaged to their next series in Pittsburgh.

After a rough weekend as Busch Stadium that saw them get swept (and outscored 23-1) by the Cardinals, the Cubs at least had a little fun on their flight to the Steel City, going with a “Superhero Costume Day” theme for the trek.

The group included Ryan Dempster as Captain America, Alfonso Soriano as Batman (with Starlin Castro as Robin), and David DeJesus as He-Man, and in addition to others dressing as Thor, The Green Lantern, and Wolverine, speedster Tony Campana brought the “life imitating art” moment full-circle by dressing up as – who else? – The Flash.

A handful of Cubbies had even more fun with the theme, arguably stretching the bounds of the definition of “superhero.”

A quartet of players tapped into the World of Nintendo, as first baseman Bryan LaHair, pitcher Scott Maine, catcher Steve Clevenger, and second baseman Darwin Barney one-upped their teammates by dressing as characters from the Mario Brothers franchise.

Meanwhile, closer Carlos Marmol sported a black mask and cape to do his best Zorro impression, catcher Geovany Soto channeled his inner Ghostbuster, and Jeff Baker and Reed Johnson drew a few laughs by masquerading as two men fans on Chicago’s North Side hope can be superhero-esque for the franchise – Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer.

Pitcher Matt Garza, who, like Soriano, donned a cape to be Bruce Wayne’s alter ego, originally suggested the costume day as a team bonding idea after watching “The Avengers” with his son – and despite possibly poor timing after the team’s struggles in St. Louis, he hopes it can be a somewhat-galvanizing experience that can help them forget about the weekend and move on.

“It’s kind of to have guys let loose, have a little fun,” Garza told ESPNChicago.com beat writer Doug Padilla, who posted numerous photos of the Super-Cubs on his Twitter account. “It takes a little pressure off and adds a little embarrassment along the way. It gets you out of your own skin a little bit. When you are in a mask you can be whatever you want.”

Manager Dale Sveum even dressed up as comic superhero Hellboy to show unity with his team, and is also likely hoping that now that the fun has subsided, his team can unleash part of that above moniker and snap their three-game losing streak against the Pirates on Monday night.

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