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One of the few bright spots this season has been Randy Wells. Not only has he provided us with a season-long hot or not debate, he's actually pitched well, too. He finished up his season on Saturday with another fine performance, maybe his best of the year. What's most important, though, is that Lou likes him.

"We brought him up last September, and we put him in the bullpen, and we liked what we saw," said Cubs manager Lou Piniella, whose team improved to 83-77. "And then when I found out he had been pitching with a stress fracture (arm), which is what he had, it was even more impressive.

"So this spring, we gave him a particularly good look. He didn't fit into the rotation, so he was sent down, but when we needed a pitcher, there he was. I remember the first game he pitched in Milwaukee (May 8). We found ourselves a pitcher who's going to be in this rotation for a while."

While the rest of us are eager to have this mess of a season behind us, Reedz is treating today like the last day in summer camp.

"It's always a tough feeling," said Reed Johnson, whose two-run triple ignited the offense in the fourth inning. "Whenever it's the last game of the season, you look around the clubhouse and you know that's the last time this group will ever be together as a whole."

Hopefully the team can band together with wacky counselor Ernest to stop the developers from building a mall on the grounds of the camp.

Today, Gordo decided to go all in on the "Get Milty out of town" campaign. First, he talks to Ryan Theriot.

''We've been doing things [in the clubhouse] the last two weeks of the season that we hadn't done all year, that we did last year and the year before last,'' shortstop Ryan Theriot said. ''It's definitely a different feel. I don't know why that is. I'm not going to sit here and say it's one person's fault. But you start to look at it, and it's kind of like, 'Maybe.' I don't know.''
Up next, the Fonz:

''We don't want to think about it, but we have a lot of pressure here with the media, the papers, the [cramped clubhouse]. He's not a bad guy. He's not a great teammate, but he had some things on the field -- I don't know whether it's a [problem with a] fan, I don't know. But we've got too many things around us that we don't need any more attention. But he's not a bad guy.''

Aramis isn't biting on the negative clubhouse impact:

''He didn't hit the way we'd have liked, but it wasn't his fault,'' Ramirez said. ''There's a lot of guys here whose numbers are down, including myself.

''[The media] make a big deal out of [clubhouse impact]. I don't think that's a big deal. We just didn't score runs.''


Reedz is noncommittal:

''I'm not sure,'' said outfielder Reed Johnson, one of the players who got in Bradley's face this season. ''I guess it's a situation where you can speculate all you want, but it's more of an opportunity for us to wait and see what happens next year. I don't think you can blame anything on one person and point the finger at one person. But at the same time, we're going to have to wait and see how things pan out next year.''

And Theriot has the last word. No word yet on whether Reedz was injured getting shoved out of the way:

Said Theriot: ''You kind of look at the personnel that's still here and the personnel that's not here. We're on the right track, I think.''

Ryno was at the game yesterday, so naturally all three papers wrote about him wanting to manage the big league team. If that interests you, check out their websites.



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gravedigger said:

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Every time I read a quote from Aramis I love him more and more.

if any of the team's mongoloid beatwriters try to run him out of town next season we should all rise up and slay them.

JulieDiCaro said:

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they can't run everyone out of town.

thisyearcub said:

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They will try Julie, they will try.

JulieDiCaro said:

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LOL!!!! The comment about REEDZ getting shoved out of the way made me laugh heartily.

Hee.

thisyearcub said:

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Bye week for the Panthers means they can't lose!!

Also, I am awaiting the new playoff team to root for. I know we're not supposed to have favorites, but I'm still pulling for the Yankees, just because that team is stacked. Plus, Carl can have loads of fun with A-Rod captions.

JulieDiCaro said:

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So many sports today---I'm not even sure what to do with the game thread.

jtbwriter said:

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Morning from actually cloudy and cool So Cal-
Sorry to see the Cubs season close-I wish WGN was going to show the game today! I know-crappy season and all-but I'm going to miss seeing D-Lee, Reedz and Co. And even our fave non-dragon!
But the Angels and Dodgers are in it...yes! I hope they go further then the first round this year! Rather see them in the Fall Classic then the (gulp) Cards, Phils, Yanks or TBA!

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