Tinkers and Evers. Beckert and Kessinger. Dunston and Sandberg. The Cubs have a pretty solid history at middle infield. I'll admit, I didn't quite follow the Cubs nearly as closely as I do now when the Cajun Connection were turning two. And after Ryne Sandberg retired, I had a hard time watching anybody else man second base.
Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot made up the Keystone Combo for the College World Series Champion LSU Tigers in 2000. Five years later they teamed up in Chicago.
Fontenot was a 1st round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles in 2001. He came to the Cubs as part of the Sammy Sosa deal prior to the 2005 season and made his Cubs and MLB debut later that season.
Theriot was the Cubs 3rd round draft pick in 2001. After climbing his way through the Cubs organization, he too debuted with the Cubs in 2005.
By 2007-8, they were more than just backups and both played in the quick postseason exits in those seasons. Theriot was the everyday shortstop and Fontenot played more than half the games at 2nd base, platooning with Mark DeRosa.
Fontenot would go on to win a World Series title with the 2010 San Francisco Giants, while Theriot would follow that up win s titles in 2011 with the Cardinals and 2012 with the Giants. They each last played in 2012.
Both Louisiana natives, they still have ties to the area. These cards were signed with a little help from someone who attended the Red, Rock and Blue Celebrity/Sorta Celebrity Softball game last year. The game is made up of many former LSU star athletes from multiple sports and other pseudo-celebs. According to the website, the event raises funds for Louisiana military charities and other worthy causes and the 5th annual game is later this month.
With all these two have in common, it is only fitting to have obtained them together and show them off together.