Rambling While Waiting for Those Two Words

The Cubs will spend their day off after salvaging the last game of the series in Los Angeles eight games back of the Cardinals. With a quarter of the season left to play, Lou Piniella’s crew begins an important 10-game homestand on Tuesday … three against Washington, three against the Mets, three with Houston and the makeup game versus the South Side on September 3.

While the Cubs take a break, the CCO rambles a little …

  • Could Ryan Dempster, Ted Lilly and Tom ‘Otis’ Heilman, in a scene reminiscent of Bluto, Flounder and D-Day breaking into Dean Wormer’s office, please steal all of Alfonso Soriano’s bats? Replace them with lighter ones and change the weight marked on the bat so Soriano would not know the difference … and in turn, he would be able to catch up to the fastball again.
  • Is Aaron Miles still on the roster?
  • Left-Handed = Left Out
  • Did Kevin Gregg just serve up another home run?
  • ‘What Can I Do? The Daily Journal of Lou Piniella chronicling the Chicago Cubs 2009 Season’ … Due in Bookstores throughout Chicagoland in time for the Holidays
  • And not to be outdone by his field manager on the bookshelves … ‘How to Dismantle a 97-win Team in Four Easy Steps’ by Jim Hendry. Due to hit Borders and Amazon by Thanksgiving
  • It is past time for the Faithful to remove their Fan Goggles
  • Keith Moreland did a really good job filling in for Ron Santo
  • Pat Hughes … enough said
  • The Cubs need a lot of dumb players that play really smart baseball … think about it
  • I wonder if that kid ever got his two dollars
  • This Space for Rent
  • Could Ted Lilly be Jim Hendry’s best free agent signing?
  • Whatever happened to Abe Froeman?
  • Five Years?!?!?!
  • I never thought I would say this … but I miss Jim Edmonds.
  • And for the record, Rooney still sucks!
  • I wonder how many votes Justin Lehr, Josh Geer, Anthony Swarzak and Ross Ohlendorf will receive in this year’s Cy Young Award ballots.
  • John Bender is semi-retired, living in Skokie and working part-time at Menards.
  • 61 walks, 13 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 31 RBI …
  • Jake Fox and Sam Fuld want to play baseball for the Chicago Cubs!
  • Right now … Geovany Soto = Jerome Walton
  • A quick note to Derrek Lee … Sorry for doubting you, it won’t happen again.
  • Gregg just served up another one!
  • According to Merriam-Webster the definition of backup is “one that serves as a substitute or support” and “additional personnel who provide assistance“. Just thought it would be good to point out so the Cubs’ GM can find one for Aramis Ramirez next season.
  • On that same note, the definition of insanity according to Albert Einstein is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
  • Ryan Theriot could be an All-Star second baseman.
  • Bob Brenly = Steve Stone?
  • Speaking of Brenly, when he was screaming for the team to run hard, why did I have the ‘lollygaggers’ speech from Bull Durham running through my head?
  • Kosuke Fukudome has quietly put together a good season.
  • Lou Piniella talked all winter and spring about the need to rest his players during the season. Well, he got what he asked for …
  • This was pointed out by a caller on WGN Saturday afternoon during the Cubs post-game show, Jeff Samardzija was signed to a 5-year, $10 million contract (with club options for 2012 and 2013) by the Cubs … Stephen Strasburg recently signed a 4-year, $15.1 million contract with the Washington Nationals.
  • Is Aaron Miles still on the roster?
  • Sam Fuld just added another catch to his personal highlight-reel
  • And Kevin Gregg, well you know what happened …

Sometimes you just gotta laugh!

Stay Classy Cubs Fans … and enjoy the day off.

Quote of the Day

"There are places I remember. All my life though some have changed. Some forever not for better. Some have gone and some remain. All these places have their moments ... " John Lennon/Paul McCartney