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Chicago Cubs Headlines For Sunday/Live Game Thread: Bronchitis Edition



Mets vs. Cubs


Yesterday was the Derrek Lee and Rich Harden show in Citi Field, with a special guest appearance by Aramis Ramirez. As Gordo points out, if, before the year, you knew that Derek Lee would have the year he's having and Rich Harden would be on pace for 29 starts, you'd be wondering how many games over 100 the Cubs would win this year. Unfortunately, that didn't quit turn out to be the case. But at least we can revel in yesterday's win over the Mets.

Rich Harden (9-8) struck out 10 in five innings, Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run shot and Carlos Marmol pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his ninth save.

Lee returned to the lineup after missing two games for the birth of his first son, Dylan. Before he left Chicago, his daughter, Jada, asked him to hit a home run for her.

"I told her, 'Man, now I have to hit a home run for you and Dylan. It's going to be tough,' " he said. "I'm sure they were excited today watching at home."

Lee has 29 home runs and 93 RBIs, on target for his first season with 30 homers and 100 RBIs since '05, when he hit .335 with 46 homers and drove in 107.


And look who's stepped it up since replacing Kevin Gregg in the closer role (hint: it's not David Patton)?

Although he hasn't had many chances to save games since his promotion to closer 2½ weeks ago, Marmol said he already is more comfortable in the role and his improved command since then might be a sign of it.

''He's got the stuff, and he's certainly got the makeup,'' manager Lou Piniella said a few days ago.

Even Saturday, when the right-hander walked the first batter he faced to load the bases with two outs in the eighth, he retired the next four -- including a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts against the Mets' 2-3-4 hitters

Not only is the Fonz preparing for knee surgery, he'll be getting an extensive eye exam. I hope he gets goggles too! It'll be a beacon of light for all those seventh graders out there, who, like me, had to wear rec specs.

''Not like a normal test,'' said Soriano, who added that he can't tell a difference in his sight from other years but wonders if an imperceptible difference has contributed to the worst-hitting season of his career. ''I had four or five people ask me about that.''

Players have their eyes checked every spring as part of their team physicals. But the exams aren't extensive.


Finally, Ron Santo can finally enjoy trips to the Big Apple these days, with Shea Stadium just another pile of rubble.


"When I'm in this ballpark, I don't feel like I'm in New York," Santo said after Saturday's 5-3 victory. "It's a heck of a nice ballpark, and I think it's a pitcher's park, though Derrek Lee hit two rockets today."

Does Santo miss Shea Stadium?

"I'm just glad my hairpiece and the stadium went down together," he said. "Uuuuugh. Just glad it's gone, that's all."

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Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Good news! The Cubs are only a game behind Atlanta in the WC standings.

Maim said:

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If we can't stick it to everyone, at least we can stick it to SOMEone.

flyball said:

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any teams we can play spoiler to this season?

Fargo said:

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Sam Fuld-glad he's getting great playing time. And according to Vineline-he's getting his masters degree in Economics-I'm impressed!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Sorry about the lack of game thread, kids. I'm struggling with illness over here.

flyball said:

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eh, its Sunday of a 3 day weekend, its like the day isn't actually happening

JulieDiCaro said:

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Jerry Manuel looks as clueless in a Mets uniform as he always did in a Cubs uniform.

flyball said:

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uh oh, Fuld didn't make a catch

JulieDiCaro said:

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Recently twitted by Adam (who posts here, but I can't remember under what usernam):

Kevin Gregg and Aaron Miles: two guys, four first names, zero talent.

Hee.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Well, that sucked.

On the plus side, I just got into a fight with the teenage baristas at Caribou. The trivia question today was "Who was the first woman in space?

Me: Valentina Tereshkova.
Teenage barista: Nope, it was Sally Ride.
Me: False. Look it up.
Teenage Barista: Well, that's what they told us the answer was.
Me: They are wrong, look it up.
Teenage barista: I'll just give you the discount anyway.
Me: This is no long about the dicount, look it up.

(looks it up on iPhone)

Teenage barista: Oh.

Me: Uh-huh.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Give 'em hell, commie lover!

JulieDiCaro said:

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hee hee.

i'm sick and cranky. and i don't appreciate being challenged on trivia.


:P

flyball said:

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are you available for Trivia Nights? our old ringer moved to CT

JulieDiCaro said:

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pay my traveling expenses and i'm there.

Uncle Philly said:

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It has been a long season, the stress is finally over, and it looks like we will finish #2, as long as were ahead of the Brewers.

Anybody up for a roadtrip to Milwaukee? I have some extra tickets to unload in September?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Is there any bad mood a Beatles playlist can't beat? I don't think there is.

Edelweiss said:

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If you ladies would like to meet hottie Jeff Baker, he frequents a gift shop at Belmont and Broadway, called He Who Eats Mud. The Cubs come home soon, and he usually is at the store on his first day or night home. He gets some of his mail delivered there. You can also buy copies of the Rainbow Herald, where he is a regular contributor.

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