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Cubs trio headed to Houston07/04/2004 7:00 PM ET
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa is part of a dream outfield, Carlos Zambrano is having a dream season and Moises Alou probably never dreamed he'd be an All-Star again after his first year in Chicago.
The trio of Chicago Cubs players all are headed to Houston. They're All-Stars.
Sosa is part of a 500 dream team, named to the starting outfield for the National League All-Star team, joining fellow 500 home run hitters Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Bonds.
"It's an honor for me to be there with Mr. Barry Bonds and Griffey," Sosa said Sunday. "I'm really going to enjoy it. I don't know if that will ever happen again. It's a situation that's happened, and it's happened to good people."
Sosa will have company. Alou and Zambrano also were named to the National League roster, both chosen by the players on their ballots.
For Alou, it's his fifth trip and first since 2001, when he played for the Astros. The All-Star selection is a nice birthday present for the veteran, who turned 38 on Saturday.
He leads the Cubs in home runs, and put together two streaks in which he connected in three consecutive games. On May 19 against San Francisco, he beat his dad, Giants manager Felipe Alou, with a 10th-inning walk-off homer for a 4-3 Cubs win.
Greeted by loud choruses of "Al-OOOO" each at-bat, the outfielder has revived his career after a disappointing first season in Chicago in 2002, when he hit .275 with 15 homers and 61 RBIs. Last year, he hit .280 with 22 homers and 91 RBIs, and gained attention for a foul ball he didn't catch during the National League Championship Series against Florida.