Joe : December 2008 Archives

Spring Training Sale

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According to a report on the Chicago Tribune website, the Cubs expect to complete the sale of the team by or during spring training.

My feeling is if they are that close to completing the sale, the owners who have submitted a bid have granted permission to elevate the payroll, going for Peavy as well as a lefty bat that we need.

Sadly, this obviously this officially eliminates Mark Cuban as he was not part of the bids that were submitted.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-06-chicago-cubs-sale,0,5641018.story

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Mad Dog Buries His Bone

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Greg Maddux is set to announce his retirement on Monday at the baseball winter meetings in his hometown of Las Vegas.

He will be missed. Truly the best pitcher of my lifetime, and perhaps many more.

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COUNTDOWN FOR SANTO AND SMITH

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One week from today (Monday December 8) we will find out if our beloved Ron Santo will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee. I truly believe this is his year and hope that comes true. Santo is TRULY a deserving player....and person! I love hearing his radio broadcasts when I can. The love he has for the team is second to none. I will probably shed a tear when it is announced. I truly want this for him.

Later in the week (Friday December 12) we will find out who is being elected into the Hall of Fame off of this years ballot. Rickey Henderson is pretty much a shoe-in. But, will this be the year that former Cub Lee Smith makes it? Now that Gossage and Sutter have made it, could it be Lee's turn? I believe he is deserving of it. He was, until recently, the all time saves leader. That in and of itself makes him deserving. How about former Cub Andre Dawson? The Hawk has missed a few years in a row now. Then there is newcomer Mark Grace. Gr ...