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Had Tom Ricketts been in Pittsburgh,
this is what he would've been doing


Last night's game was over pretty early, thanks to a spectacular array of Cubs hitting:

The games may be meaningless now, but Ryan Theriot, Milton Bradley, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Jeff Baker, Geovany Soto, Kosuke Fukudome and Bobby Scales contributed to a part of baseball history with their all-out assault on Pirates left-hander Zach Duke.

Three of the hits never left the infield, and two others barely skipped past Pirates infielders.

Okay, I guess you might say good hitting and good luck combined to help the Cubs last night. But they cemented their offense as the best, as no other MLB team has accomplished that feat this year, or any year since 1990.



While everything is super duper in Pittsburgh, something is amiss in Reed Johnson's world.

"[I] talked to Reed last night, and he still can't run," manager Lou Piniella said. "This season is slip-sliding away for us. There's no place to send him for rehab, and he still can't put weight on it and run."

With only 25 games remaining, the chances of Johnson returning this year are slim. Because Johnson is a free agent, he may have played his last game as a Cub.

First, ACB brought the Jeff Baker/Mark DeRosa comparison to the table, then, Bruce Miles (who gave ACB credit) used his main-stream media platform to announce it to the world. Now, Gordo talks to Baker about the comparison, but doesn't bother to make it seem like anyone but himself did all the leg work.

Acquired from the Colorado Rockies on July 2 in a trade that barely registered on the radar, Baker is among the top four traded hitters in baseball in producing for his new team.

What should be even more attractive to Cubs fans is that Baker, 28, is considered a younger version of Mark DeRosa, with the ability to handle second base, third, first, occasionally the corner outfield spots and -- in an extreme pinch -- shortstop.

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'[DeRosa's] good company to be in, that's for sure,'' Baker said. ''That guy's meant a lot. He's carved out a nice role in the big leagues, and he's a heck of a player.

''I've got a ways to go before I can be even considered as good of a player as he is.''


Don't worry about Spellcheck bolting to the NFL, he says he's not going anywhere.


''No, not even close,'' said Samardzija, who joined the team Tuesday as the Cubs' final September callup. ''I'm not like that. I feel like I made a decision, I made the right decision, and on top of that I'm not going back on my word.''

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''I committed my time and I chose my profession, what I wanted to do,'' he said. ''And by no means is that a stuck-with kind of an answer. It's what I want to do. And I know I can be successful at it. And it's just about putting in time.''


And don't look now, but Milty's played quite a bit this year:

After batting twice in the first, Milton Bradley left the game Tuesday because of some hamstring tightness. Bradley, who has played in 23 straight games, was scheduled for a day off today. If he plays in 23 of the final 24 games, he would match his career high with 141 games played.



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Max Power said:

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Pirates or not, that record deserves recognition.

And, yes, I am trying damned hard to be positive.

gravedigger said:

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Doing post-as-we-go headlines?

flyball said:

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i like post as you go headlines, its like breaking news

gravedigger said:

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I love it.

gravedigger said:

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Yay I love Milty.

Doc said:

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Actually...that is one thing that Bradley has done that has far exceeded my expectations. I thought there was no way in hell that he would play in over 120 games this year as a right fielder. Granted, he has a tendency to tweek something just about every game, but as soon as people started questioning his toughness about a 3rd of the way through the season, he has been playing through it all.

Good job Milty. I hope you have a good season in Baltimore next year.

thisyearcub said:

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In honor of ACB, (dying laughing) at Wittenmeyer. No real surprise there in the lack of credit.

But I guess the good news is that the truth is getting out.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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The truth shall set you free!

Doc said:

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I got a letter in the mail yesterday about the bankruptcy of the Tribune Co, notifying me of the sale of the Chicago National League Ball Club and if I had any objections to the sale, to file them with the court by September 16th.

Boy, I hope that there isn't some jerk out there like me that would actually derail this whole thing.

gravedigger said:

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You're gonna do it, aren't you?

Doc said:

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I haven't come up with a good enough argument yet. I'm working on it, though.

flyball said:

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that the current owners still owe you money for the pain and suffering during their ownership? they cannot sell until the debt has been paid in full?

gravedigger said:

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At what point in the day is it OK to start drinking at work?

Doc said:

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usually about a half hour after your boss comes in.

And if your boss isn't in the office that day, you can start drinking immediately.

gravedigger said:

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Sweet, my boss comes in an hour before I do.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I posted headlines at the same time Carl did. Then I deleted them. Now I have to do a game thread.

This day = stinky

flyball said:

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thank goodness for a day game today (although I really wish there was one tomorrow)

gravedigger said:

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Well, I'm wishing I were drunk at work, so, yeah. I agree.

JulieDiCaro said:

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anybody wanna do the game thread?

flyball said:

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oops

I fixed

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