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Sunday Headlines/Open Thread


Larry King in a Cub uniform = sign of the Apocalypse
Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo

So it was a beautiful Saturday, punctuated by delightful Saturday night storms in central Indiana. What made it so beautiful? A Chicago Cubs win, and a stellar performance by the non-Dumpster, Ryan Dempster

The rare offensive outburst made it easier for Dempster, although his good news was clouded by a bothersome blister on his middle finger that has been popping up all season.

No one outside the clubhouse knew about the problem until manager Lou Piniella mentioned it during his post-game media briefing, much to the surprise of Dempster, who had been trying to keep it quiet.

"It has its good days and its bad days," Dempster said. "We did a good job between starts and [Piniella] got me out before it flared up. Hopefully we can get past this and not have it be much of an issue the rest of the season."

Wait! You're telling me Dempster threw like that with a blister? How can we get him one of those every game?

So the offense did well... anyone in particular?

"It feels good, obviously with what happened last year," said third baseman Mike Fontenot, who doubled, tripled, drove in 2 runs and scored once. "We want to win ballgames, and we want to win ballgames against them (especially)."

Fontenot's second-inning double that one-hopped the wall in center field scored Reed Johnson, who had singled and stolen second.

Fontenot and REEDZ!? Really? REEDZ?


ohnson produced the Cubs' second run when he surprised the Dodgers with an exquisitely placed two-out bunt down the third-base line that scored Ryan Theriot from third.

"I'm not smart enough to design that," Piniella said with a chuckle. "That much I can tell you. He did that on his own. He caught the third baseman back, and he laid down a perfect, perfect bunt."

Johnson's solo homer in the seventh completed the Cubs' scoring, and his 3-for-3 day at the plate, which also included a walk, raised his average from .239 to .270.

How about those short white guys!? One might say all this positivity is suffocating. Is there anything to counterbalance this Pollyanna headlines diary? I say yes:


Foxsports.com reporter Ken Rosenthal quoted an unnamed Cubs official Saturday as saying the Gatorade dispenser will be removed from the Cubs' dugout.

"We'll get it out of there in a couple of days," the high-ranking executive said.

The machine, which replaced the decades-old water cooler that dispensed Lake Michigan water to thirsty Cubs players from Joe Pepitone to Mark DeRosa, lasted only two months. It was brought in this season as a way to enhance advertising revenues through a sponsorship with Pepsi, which owns Gatorade.

Is anyone else worried that Larry Rothschild might take the brunt of the dugout brutality now that the Gatorade machine is no more?


And we've all been on the edges of seats, wondering what's become of Rich Harden and his hind end:


Rich Harden played catch again Friday and said his back continues to feel better.


I'd once again like to offer my services as lower back masseur for one Rich Harden.  And I know everyone's been eager for news of Bob Brenly's kid:


Class A Peoria catcher Michael Brenly, son of Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly, has had multihit games in two of his last three. Teammate Josh Vitters, the Cubs' 2007 first-round pick, has a seven-game hitting streak for Peoria; the third baseman was named Midwest League player of the week for hitting .367 with five homers and 11 RBI.

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secdelahc said:

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That poor Gatorade machine. Now the players will have to settle for injuring themselves kicking giant fans in the hallway leading to the clubhouse again.

abe frohman said:

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Or smashing boomboxes . . .

secdelahc said:

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Or breaking each others' faces.

JulieDiCaro said:

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so, i'm unclear as to why they're removing the gatorade dispenser? because they fear pepsi's wrath at having their machine beaten on a daily basis? or because they somehow blame the gatorade dispenser for our bad play?

i thought it was rather scrappy, myself.

Umbra said:

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I'm pretty sure it's because Lou gave everybody the "this is why we can't have nice things" speech.

JulieDiCaro said:

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LMAO.

Post of the day.

FrankS said:

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My question is how much money will the Cubs have to give back to Pepsico because the Gatorade machine is no longer on prominent display? Will this loss of income prevent the Cubs from acquiring talent as we head towards the trade deadline?

Umbra said:

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They are replacing it with a Powerthirst dispenser.

Made with lightning. REAL LIGHTNING.

JulieDiCaro said:

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hey--FrankS made it over. Right on.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh dude, the game is going to be on right during the podcast tonight! Turn off Jon and Joe and turn on Julie and Matt!

Also, we're only two weeks away from the LOHO get-together! Max might have a conflict, so if anyone else is looking for a ticket, lemmeno . . . .

Jimmy Greenfield said:

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Hey Julie, are you guys going to the June 14 game? I was going to try and go with my son that day. You got two extras?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Nope, the LOHO get-togther is on the 13th. Booooooo. You should still come!

flyball said:

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I'm sure Pepsi loved all the free advertisement that they are getting from that thing in the last week

Umbra said:

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"The machine, which replaced the decades-old water cooler that dispensed Lake Michigan water to thirsty Cubs players..."

Guys, I'm pretty sure I've figured out why the Cubs have sucked for a long, long time.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Do you think they just have a water main running directly from the lake? maybe it just passes through a screen to filter out the dead fish/people.

Umbra said:

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The water main from the lake to the visitor's dugout doesn't even have the screen.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I think Bruce Miles has a crush on Reed Johnson:
"he surprised the Dodgers with an exquisitely placed two-out bunt down the third-base line"
exquisitely placed. hahahaha

JulieDiCaro said:

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I'm so glad i wasn't around to see Larry King in a Cubs jersey. That might have ruined my entire weekend.

berselius said:

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Tip of the cap to your fantasy team Julie - your pitching staff was on fire this week. Grr....

JulieDiCaro said:

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woot woot!

JulieDiCaro said:

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haha.

Cakewrecks sticks it to Kanye and makes Julie laugh. What kind of an idiot is PROUD not to read books. His mom was a FREAKING TEACHER for crying out loud!!!!!

http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2009/05/sunday-sweets-reading-rocks.html

Umbra said:

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I'm pro-Choice on this issue, Julie. If the man doesn't want to read books, that is his Constitutional right. Who are you to impose your religion on him?

JulieDiCaro said:

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he can be an ignoramus if he wants, he just can't brag about it.

for the record, i would much rather have "war and peace"'s autograph than kanye's.

gravedigger said:

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sorry carl, harden's ass is mine.

gravedigger said:

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actually you know what, i can share

Umbra said:

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You can't eat the orange and throw the peel away- a man is not a piece of fruit.

secdelahc said:

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Ummm... False. You can throw away the peel anytime you want.

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