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2009 Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon
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The Cubs lost to the Mets, and it was so uneventful that at least half the Trib's recap was dedicated to Andres Blanco's spectacular defensive play.

But in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the New York Mets, Piniella rested shortstop Ryan Theriot, who is in a 1-for-17 slump, and watched Andres Blanco make a play that defied belief. Blanco dived to his left for a Jeff Francoeur grounder, rolled over and made a perfect throw to first in mid-roll to get Francoeur.

"That's as good a play as I've seen made at the big-league level," Piniella said. "Just a fantastic, fantastic [play]. I don't know how he got the ball over to first base. I can see him getting the ball, but throwing it the way he did?"

If you haven't seen it yet, here's a link to the video of that play.
Randy Wells liked it so much, he dissed Ryan Theriot:

And Blanco?

''He's a big-league shortstop,'' Wells said. ''There's no doubt about that. I'm not a talent evaluator, but if he learns what he's supposed to do at the plate, he can be an every-day big-league shortstop. I've seen guys that are not as good defensively, or just as good, and don't hit a whole lot but play every day at shortstop.''

And poor Randy, he once again pitched well enough to win, but didn't

Wells gave up only one earned run in six innings and lowered his ERA to 2.84 but came away without a win for the seventh time in 22 starts this season when allowing two or fewer runs. He has been charged with the loss in three of those games.

Talk of the 2011 Cubs has already started, and it looks like the Cubs are going to dive into the Chone Figgins sweepstakes:

Asked if Kosuke Fukudome would be his leadoff man in 2010, Lou Piniella replied: "It's a possibility. I would think that we'd probably try to add more speed, but we'll see. That's just a conjecture, nothing more, nothing less. But if not, certainly Fukudome would be a candidate."

Figgins, a switch-hitter who can play second, third or any outfield spot, is hitting .303 with a .399 on-base percentage and 39 stolen bases in 55 attempts. Fukudome is hitting .300 in 100 at-bats in the leadoff spot with a .413 OBP, while Ryan Theriot has a .311 OBP leading off.



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Doc said:


I wouldn't mind seeing Figgins in a Cubs uniform...

He'd be a good fit at second, I suppose...but if the Cubs were to dump Bradley, I'd put Fukudome back in right field, and throw Figgins into center.

millertime said:


Or we keep Bradley, Bradley has a great season next year, and Sean Figgins plays 2B. He can teach us the small ball ways of the Angels.

JulieDiCaro said:



He really did dump on Theriot. Heeee.

JulieDiCaro said:


I HATE the MDA telethon.

There, I said it.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:


I'm indifferent, unless Jerry starts calling people faggots again.

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