Installment 5 – Avoiding Pie’s Problem. The CCO Radio returns for a Friday edition at the midway point of the exhibition season. Brian and Shaun discuss a variety of Cubs topics from Brian Roberts to Lou’s lineup to Micah Hoffpauir with all of the dude references that can be packed into nearly a 38 minute show….plus a possible new nickname for one of the closer candidates.
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Length – 37:38
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News from Arizona
Lou Piniella said on Thursday night that he is liable to stick with the lineup from Thursday’s game for a while “to take a good look at it.” The report in the Tribune said Thursday’s lineup could be a sneak preview of the one he uses on March 31st against the Brewers.
- Ryan Theriot – SS
- Alfonso Soriano – LF
- Derrek Lee – 1B
- Aramis Ramirez – 3B
- Kosuke Fukudome – RF
- Mark DeRosa – 2B
- Geovany Soto – C
- Felix Pie/Sam Fuld – CF
According to a report in the Sun-Times, the Cubs have a package on the table for Brian Roberts that includes Ronny Cedeno, Sean Gallagher, Jose Ceda and Donald Veal. The Sun-Times stated sources told them the deal will get done but it might take an 11th hour agreement to do so before March 31st. The deal could also include both Jason Marquis and Jay Payton in a 6 for 2 or 5 for 2 swap.
The Sun-Times said the pending trade for Roberts is the reason for the lineup switch to give Alfonso Soriano time to adjust.
Mark DeRosa was on XM Radio on Thursday and was very candid about the possibility of the Cubs trading for Brian Roberts. DeRosa said he is not concerned and is not letting the rumors effect his play but he will address it if it happens. He added he would be disappointed if the trade happens, it is frustrating but he said it is a part of the game. DeRosa feels he has done enough over the past two seasons to earn a starting job.
He did say his recent illness gave him more appreciation for the people around him and for his family.
According to a report in the Tribune, there were 48 scouts at Thursday’s game against the Padres.
Kevin Hart has started to separate himself from other relievers in Lou Piniella’s eyes competing for a job in the pen according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.
Felix Pie is expected back in the lineup on Sunday when the Cubs face the Angels at HoHoKam before a well-deserved day off on Monday.
As mentioned in the podcast, Rick Sutcliffe has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Everyone here at the CCO sends out our best to Mr. Sutcliffe and his family. Sutcliffe will undergo chemotherapy and surgery and hopes to return to work at ESPN later this year.
Enjoy the podcast and as always….remember to bring your sense of humor.