DENVER -- Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez spent most of the past seven seasons serving as the Cubs' corner infielders. Now they find themselves linked as the latest Major Leaguers to record 1,000 career RBIs.
Lee, who was acquired via a trade with the Cubs last week, notched his 1,000th RBI with a first-inning groundout in a 12-10 loss the Braves suffered against the Rockies Wednesday afternoon. The 34-year-old first baseman added to his total with a second-inning RBI double.
"He's a professional hitter," Braves catcher Brian McCann said. "He's been proving what he can do for a long time. It's good to have him on our side now."
While playing for the Padres on May 7, 1997, Lee collected his first career RBI with a second-inning single off Cubs hurler Frank Castillo. He has posted two 100-RBI seasons, with the latest coming last year, when he drove in a career-high 111 runs.
Ramirez notched his 1,000th RBI on Aug. 14 with a second-inning leadoff homer against Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter. Lee hit a solo shot the next inning to provide the difference in a 3-2 Cubs victory.