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Tuesday Night Game Thread: Pirates @ Cubs

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Everyone into the freakin' truckster. We are going to have a GREAT time.

Look. Quite a few of us have been waiting for some time to make the leap to ChicagoNow. While much of the site was oblivious, we were over here testing, re-testing, beta testing, and testing again to make sure that everything over here was working like it should be. AND I will be DAMNED if these stupid Cubs are going to ruin this day for us. Do you hear me, Mike Fontenot? Are you listening, Alfonso Soriano? Am I making myself clear, Geo Soto? You WILL hit the damn ball tonight, CAPISCE? We are going to WATCH you accurately hit, field and throw the ball and we are all going to have a GREAT time.

Understood? So help me, I will pull this blog over!!!!!

Those of you jonesing for someone's head on a platter as a result of this EIGHT-GAME skid, might get your wish sooner than you think. Check out this little nugget from Lou:

"We've given Neal all the opportunities in the world, Pineilla said of the lefty, who has a 7.36 ERA. "It's time, isn't it?"

Um . .  . time for WHAT, Lou? Time to not have a lefty in the pigpen? That doesn't sound like such a good idea. Additionally, the women of Chicago beg you to reconsider. You don't have to PITCH him, just let him sit in the bullpen during games. Get him up everyone once in a while and let him toss the ball around. You might not think that having good-looking guys on your team is important, but believe me, when a team is playing like the Cubs are right now, it becomes VERY important to those of us without a "Y"' chromosome. And carl and gravedigger.

Tonight Sean Marshall (meh--2-3) takes on the very erudite Ian Snell (1-5), who I still think sounds like he should be required to wear a monocle while pitching. The good news is that we finally started hitting last night. If we can get the pitching to hang tought, we just might make it out of this thing okay.

Grab a sedative, prepare your couch's butt-grove, and let's go. Lineups to come.

 

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summerguy said:

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Let me just be the 1st to say it... this "new" blog launch will be the turning point for the Cubs season!!

Also, we already have Patton in that bullpen to guard the pink backpack... we don't need another loser to guard the 1st loser. Lose one or both I don't care, but make a freakin move already!!!

I wonder if this has bad word eliminator? Shit. Fuck. Bitch.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Nope. No censors. I'm still in charge of this thing. I haven't censored anything yet, and I won't.

Perkins said:

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Fuckin' rad. No profanity would cut my vocabulary in half.

Perkins said:

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And whiskey tango foxtrot on the avatars?

JulieDiCaro said:

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uh---we have them? you can put up a blank space, if you want.

Perkins said:

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Nah, I figured it out; been awhile since I've busted out the clubbing baby seals pic.

FrankS said:

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I suspect that it will have some sort of automatic censor soon since the stodgy old Tribune is involved.

FrankS said:

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Hey, I was looking at that poll for figuring out who(m) gets the blame for this season and I was thinking that maybe He Who Shall Not Name Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers should have been an option. He could have been a runaway winner.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hmmm. This is true.

Honestly, I could have had about 217 options for that poll.

kiwibob said:

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Couldn't you get your Cotts fix by turning him into a batboy or something. Do we really have to keep him on the roster?
Why not get his head on a platter then keep it. In the freezer or something.....

JulieDiCaro said:

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Bat boy would be okay--then we'd get to see him after every AB!

Head on a platter? He'll get all gray and wax-y looking. Not sexy.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Lineup:


Soriano, LF .253
Theriot, SS .273
Fukudome, CF .308
Bradley, RF .198
Hoffpauir, 1B.267
Fontenot, 2B .208
Hill, K, C .300
Freel, 3B .143
Marshall, P

kiwibob said:

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Is DLee still flu-ridden?
I suppose Bobby Scales must be too seeing as Freel is playing....
And yet, for no reason I can immediately think of, I think glorious victory will be the outcome today....

canopygrl said:

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Hidey-ho ya'll, I see that people are making their way over...

JulieDiCaro said:

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hello and welcome! i suspect people will be trickling over throughout the game.

J Pep said:

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Made it

millertime said:

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So, this is the new site? I'm scared and confused. I don't like change.

JulieDiCaro said:

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it's all going to be okay, we're going to go very slowly tonight.

millertime said:

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Why is there a picture by my name?

Do I have a big bushy beard?

Who is the President of the united States?

secdelahc said:

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I'm loving the Buddy Jesus avatar, millertime!

secdelahc said:

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Hello, everyone!!! It's awesome to see you all here! Who put up the vanilla air freshener? It ruins the new blog smell.

millertime said:

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I'm starting to feel better about the new site.

Perkins said:

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Okay, I'm out now; I need to hook up my laptop to the TV because I don't have cable or satellite TV yet. I may be back if the game gets out of hand and I start drinking.

Bill80 said:

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New blog smell is definitely a Slump Buster.

JulieDiCaro said:

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god, let's hope so, bill!

canopygrl said:

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is chat still an option with this new fangled site?

JulieDiCaro said:

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possibly in the future. we might be able to turn the game threads into something like a chat, but that's all still in the works.

canopygrl said:

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cool, either way I'm chill

JulieDiCaro said:

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we're kind of the second phase of testing here. the official launch will be later this summer, when this place will BLOW YOUR MIND!!!!!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hey guys, if you're changing your screen name, make sure to let us all know who you are!

secdelahc said:

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I hope gravedigger did okay at his new job today!

canopygrl said:

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I request an auto refresh option, my f5 key is wearing out

JulieDiCaro said:

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duly noted.

JulieDiCaro said:

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i keep going back and seeing all these people on the old site. i'm trying to herd them all over here, i feel like a mother duck trying to get her ducklings across the street.

JulieDiCaro said:

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POURING out here to the west. POURING. And thundering and lightning.

I love it.

millertime said:

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But, I'm a poster, so I kinda want to know, I just have a question about my role and place in the blog community because we're not the penny saver, cause what readers want is puppy dogs, but we also need to inform the readers...

JulieDiCaro said:

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(rolls eyes)

canopygrl said:

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so we all want puppy dogs? Of course we all want puppies, but I already have 3 and that is enough for now... Millertime, how much have you had to drink tonight?

JulieDiCaro said:

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freddy sanchez's average went up 23 points last night.

BLAH.

JulieDiCaro said:

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heee! in the pre-game, lou said they had the dugout steps guarded to keep lilly from going on the field last night, but ted jumped over the dugout fence!

millertime said:

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Ted Lilly is Awesome!

I'm going to eat dinner with my family, and then I'll be back posting.

secdelahc said:

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Yes, Ted Lilly is awesome. I love that he got thrown out of the game when he wasn't even pitching!

JulieDiCaro said:

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sanchez is 7 for 7.

gak.

Perkins said:

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How is what Lilly did any different from what Bradley did?

JulieDiCaro said:

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we already had this discussion today, and we decided that lilly spaces out his "events," whereas milty is always doing or saying SOMETHING, and . . .

did they just say "bench coach Gary Varsho?"

Perkins said:

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Eh, I think they're actually pretty similar in terms of their actions on the field. Remember this is the same Ted Lilly who punched his manager while playing for Toronto. Frankly, I think Ted Lilly is fucking crazy. That's part of why I like him as a player, but he has kind of a serial killer vibe about him.

JulieDiCaro said:

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ted has, like two, events in his history. bradley has like 15.

Perkins said:

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Well, the bottle thing and the racist umpire were hardly his fault. And Milton hasn't punched any managers to date. Pretty much everything else he's done on the field hasn't been of much consequence. I agree that he should probably cut down on the bitching, but I can sympathize with his side of the story more than with the MSM.

JulieDiCaro said:

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it's not that i sympathize with the media. i sypmathize with me for having to read about his whining day after day. he's bugging the crap out of me right now.

just go somewhere and take a nap.

Perkins said:

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lol, yeah he probably should just stop talking to the media.

Alright I'm out for reals this time; Jen's back and she wants to watch the game on the TV.

Ozgreeder said:

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You know who I don't sympathize with? Jon and Kate. I do sympathize with their forty-six kids, though.


UZI

JulieDiCaro said:

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lol.

Ozgreeder said:

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This is the last I'll say about MB (this week), but I think of him as the Cubs Eeyore. Seriously, just shut the fuck up and find your goddamn tail and maybe people will like you (and by tail I mean swing).


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JulieDiCaro said:

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i think he's more like rabbit. eeyore is at least self-aware. if you're wondering which character is going to blame everyone else for his failures? that's rabbit.

Ozgreeder said:

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This is true. At least he's not my most hated Pooh character: Piglet - the sexually ambiguous worry-wart.


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JulieDiCaro said:

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ha. piglet sucks.

JulieDiCaro said:

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hey--nice play, legs.

JulieDiCaro said:

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my sil was pointing out the various diagnoses for the pooh crowd:

pooh: eats his feelings
piglet: neurotic
rabbit: ocd/narcissistic
tigger: adhd
eeyore: depressed
owl: alzheimers

Ozgreeder said:

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LMAO. That's awesome.

UZI

Perkins said:

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Also awesome that Matt Capps didn't have a career ending injury last night. That looked like Hawpe's line drive off of Prior back in 2005.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Wooooo! Kosuke goes yard!

secdelahc said:

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I don't think it's any different. And I don't care that Milty called out the umps. I just think it's funny that Lilly wasn't even in the game and got thrown out.

Perkins said:

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Yeah I think they're about equally nuts. I like them both; probably my favorite Cubs after Zambrano and about even with Soriano and Ramirez.

JulieDiCaro said:

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ted's backhanded compliment to bob davison was hilarious.

"he was probably doing the best he could."

hee.

Perkins said:

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And I'm not saying I don't like Lilly's saying something to a horrible umpire; I'm just saying that he and Bradley basically did the same thing (though Lilly's may have been a tad worse since he wasn't even playing in that game). I happen to like what both of them did.

JulieDiCaro said:

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plus, milty is always whing about milty. lilly was bitching on behalf of his teammate.

Shanny said:

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definitely like the new LoHo *claps* although I am confused.

but I've come to share that my satellite doesn't accept the existance of CSN Chicago and I haven't been able to watch baseball in 2 days (aka an eternity)...... maybe this is a sign from the baseball gods that my blood pressure is too high and I don't need craptastic baseball to make it worse. boo.

p.s. will there ever be LoHo chats again? :) curious.

JulieDiCaro said:

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there might be something very much like chats in the future. stay tuned.

JulieDiCaro said:

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oh, it's very much raining there now.

Ozgreeder said:

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It has rained down here for the past two weeks. My pasture looks like a damn rainforest and I had to pull ye olde goats from a mud bog at the end of the property. Rainy weather always makes me feel like more of a hillbilly. That and the fact that I'm wearing coveralls and smell like shoe leather.


UZI

gravedigger said:

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im too lazy and drunk to read those comments, but i think its appropos that the blog got its new site the same day i got a new job.

JulieDiCaro said:

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how did it go?

secdelahc said:

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How did it go today, mark?

Shanny said:

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i'm on the phone with dish, listening to funeral music from the 1920's.... anyone wanna explain how a technologically advanced company is still stuck in the roarin' twenties? all error messages and no tv makes shannon a dull girl.

secdelahc said:

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So what happens if the Cubs have a bigger number than the other team in the R column at the end of the game? I forget what that means.

Shanny said:

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it means the apocalypse has arrived. plan accordingly.

secdelahc said:

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Roger that. I'm getting out my lawn chair to watch the chaos from my front yard.

Shanny said:

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bring marshmallows, i've got the chocolate and graham crackers.

secdelahc said:

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Who's got the hot dogs?

Shanny said:

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i don't know. we should make a list and post it for the apoco-fans to decide who's the wiener retriever.

JulieDiCaro said:

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telling milty to shut up was the best thing lou ever did.

secdelahc said:

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Jose Canseco is a media whore.

Ozgreeder said:

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I'm watching Valkyrie.

UZI

gravedigger said:

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it went. better than this team, anyway.

i oversee a bunch of ambitious cuthroat girls who hate each other.

this will be fun.

secdelahc said:

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That's okay. One of my bosses tried to yell at me today for not helping the Canadians yesterday, even though the other boss told me to take the day off. I thought that was pretty funny.

gravedigger said:

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lou told milty to shut up???

JulieDiCaro said:

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do you ever read this blog?

gravedigger said:

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uhhhhh.... lately ive been a bit preoccupied. found myself the cutest latino guy who wants all of my time. plus the new job thing. is this team still playing?

;)

Ozgreeder said:

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Why is no one in this movie speaking in a German accent?


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JulieDiCaro said:

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because, you have to pretend YOU speak german. if you speak german, and they speak german, no one has an accent.

gravedigger said:

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bleurgh, cmon profile pic, change...

secdelahc said:

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Is Marshall seriously upping the other guy's pitch count? Color me impressed!

JulieDiCaro said:

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hey--we've ben winning for several inings now!

secdelahc said:

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Shhh!!!!! Don't jinx it!!!!

gravedigger said:

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dont believe it.

JulieDiCaro said:

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morgan wears that uni well, he looks like an old-timer out there. me likey.

JulieDiCaro said:

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my GOD theriot sucks at fielding.

gravedigger said:

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you could end that sentence at "sucks"

JulieDiCaro said:

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wheeeee!

4-1 cubs!

JulieDiCaro said:

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even more runs!

6-1

JulieDiCaro said:

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rain delay?

it's the 6th! we win! we win!

secdelahc said:

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Call the game now while there's still a chance the Cubs will win!!!!

Umbra said:

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This is snazzy. It's like a new beginning. The Cubs are winning, Obama selected a Supreme Court nominee, everything is fresh.

millertime said:

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So, they calling this thing or what?

millertime said:

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That wasn't supposed to be a reply. Oops.

summerguy said:

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Definitely a turning point.

Or possibly just very relieved we can finally hit and pitch at the same time.

JulieDiCaro said:

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call it already!

FRESNO,CA BEAR FAN said:

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sure hope the cubs break the losing streak!

JulieDiCaro said:

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in a weird way, after the hitting last night and tonight, i really feel like everything is going to be okay.

they just called it. the streak is dead! Long life the streak!

Bob said:

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Woo hoo! Nice to get the win so soon after listening to Mitch Williams and Dan Plesac blather on about how the "wheels were coming off" on MLB Network. Jerks.

summerguy said:

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This brand spankin' new website is now 1-0 during Cubs games!

JulieDiCaro said:

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lmao! whoooooo!

we need to stick that on our sidebar . . . when we get one.

baturkey said:

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The day I go out to New York and get drunk instead of staying home and listening to Pat and Ron is the day the Cubs win. The Cubs want me to be an alcoholic!

JulieDiCaro said:

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and guess where you're going EVERY DAY until we lose again?

summerguy said:

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LMAO! Good luck baturkey! Way to take one for the team!

I am still trying to get used to this comment setup... I feel like replies should be right after the original.. much like the olden days. Because there are several posts by the same person... how do we know which one the reply is meant for?

gravedigger said:

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bleurgh... this team still sucks

Max Power said:

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Yeah, but a win is a win.

MillsChC said:

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Wow... this comment system is gonna take some getting used to....
Hey they won... woohoo!
Oh, and Cameron's house is up for sale

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