If the Chicago Cubs
make it to the World Series this year,
infielder Mike Fontenot
can point to his contact lenses as
one of the contributing factors.
In 2003, while struggling at the plate with a batting average
around .200 for the AA Bowie Baysocks—a minor league
affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles—Fontenot noticed his
vision was at times not as sharp as it should be. A visit to the
eye doctor and a prescription for Acuvue 2
helped correct his vision problems. He finished the season
with a .325 average.
Fontenot joined the Cubs
in 2005 as part of the
trade that sent Sammy
Sosa to Baltimore. He
appeared in seven games
for the Cubs in 2005
and spent the 2006
season with the club’s
AAA team in Iowa,
posting a .296 average.
Following the season,
contact lenses for
getting off to a torrid
start with the
Iowa club in 2007,
he joined the parent
through the season,
in 86 games and
making two appearances as a
pinch hitter in the National League Division Series
Today, the 28-year-old Fontenot is a vital part of the Cubs’
2008 success. Through the mid-way point of August, he
already established career highs in home runs and RBIs,
while sporting a .290 batting average.
“At the major league level, good vision is critical to success,”
he says. “Contact lenses have made a huge difference for me.
My vision is crisp and clear and at the plate I can pick up the
spin and direction of the ball, helping me to maximize each