Rambling with a Scent of Baseball in the Air

It’s official: Today is the last Friday without baseball for almost eight months. It just feels great to write that down. With pitchers and catchers reporting next week and Z already in Mesa working hard, it is time to start rambling on down the road.

Here it goes:

  • Okay, seriously, I keep making jokes about Zambrano and Soto doing a Jenny Craig commercial, and what to my wandering eyes did appear, but a GEORGE COSTANZA! Come on. This could be gold, folks. Zambrano and Costanza! Make it happen. Now.
  • I keep forgetting Randy Wells is in the Cubs starting rotation. Why is that? Oh, because I am scared about him and think a lot of his success was smoke and mirrors. I’m just saying …
  • Before I forget … how many Expos fans will be in Cooperstown next summer?
  • That is what I thought. The Hawk is just as disappointed as Cubs fans. Mr. Hall of Fame Dictator: there is something wrong with this. Just because Wade Boggs threatened to go in as a “Devil Ray” doesn’t mean you have to decide for every player.
  • I expect a big year from Dempster. I think he has head back in the game now that his daughter seems to be doing better. With improved focus, I think he can regain his ’08 form.
  • Do you believe in Starlin Castro? And if not, why? Let me know below. I know he was just rated a top-15 prospect by Keith Law, but I don’t have hope. Why … well, basically because of Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, etc. I could go on for hours.
  • I sure as heck hope Starlin Castro is awesome.
  • Last week I wrote about how the Cubs would be an average team. I think I have had some blue kool-aid in the past seven days because I am really starting to get excited.
  • Fukudome, Theriot, Lee, Ramirez, Byrd, Soriano, Soto, Castro ……………………
  • That has the CHANCE to be one heck of a starting 8. Key word: CHANCE … HAS A CHANCE
  • Another question to the readers: Whether it is Center or Right, barring injuries, how long until the X-Man is a starter? I say it happens before the All-Star break.
  • I expect big things out of Theriot this year, especially if he moves to 2B. He will be out to prove a lot after going through the arbitration process with the Cubs. He will definitely have the “proverbial” chip on his shoulder.
  • Why does everyone seem more comfortable about Jeff Baker being a back-up option at 3B when everyone ripped Hendry for Fontenot being there last year? Aren’t those two splitting time at 2B? Is Baker that much better than Fontenot?
  • Yes, I know we have Chad Tracy, but he isn’t guaranteed a spot on the 25-man roster at this point.
  • If his magic works in Chicago, Rudy Jaramillo is going to be one heck of a popular man on the North Side. And I would also wager a bet that he would become even better known nationally.
  • Oh, Mark Prior. Where are you? I think I have said this before, but remember when the Twins drafted Joe Mauer because they didn’t think they would be able to sign Prior. SON OF A ………
  • Hindsight is, indeed, 20/20.
  • Fans will be able to watch games under the rightfield bleachers on Flat Screens. Yea, that should help the traffic mess on Sheffield. WOW.
  • I am excited to get into the stadium and see the changes. This would be a great time to take your first tour of Wrigley Field or take another one.
  • Owners taking action. Refreshing, isn’t it?
  • Hopefully this is the start of a beautiful friendship.

Baseball starts again on Wednesday. I am thrilled.

Until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!

Quote of the Day

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

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