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There is nothing more bittersweet for a mother than the day when one of her babies grows up and leaves the nest. Sure, you're baby will never be a baby again. Then again, now maybe you can have your life back instead of having some whiny, clingy, grumpy toddler with sticky hands and a running nose clinging to your skirt all day. And like, instead of watching "The Wiggles" 24-hours a day and getting to the point where you start trying to figure out which Wiggle is the hottest because you're so desperate for adult company and conversation that you start thinking Steve from Blues Clues is probably kind of a babe in real life, you can watch the shows you REALLY want to watch, like "Phineas & Ferb" and "Fairly Oddparents."

What I'm trying to say is that Doc Blume is starting his own blog.

Before the tears kick in, let me assure you that Doc has assured ME that he'll still be around to grump this place up as much as usual. However, you can get your EVEN MORE DOC over at Cubbie Doctor's Examiner. It's ALL DOC, ALL THE TIME!!!! Even though we'll miss his runny diapers and habit of spitting up all over LOHO, we wish him the very best.

Rich Harden (and Reed Johnson) filed for free agency yesterday, and it's starting to look increasingly likely that some other lucky chicks will get to stare at his spectacular ass next season.  Bruce Miles weighs in on the Cubs' intentions. Or lack thereof:

The last thing Cubs GM Jim Hendry needs right now is uncertainty. Or should I say "more uncertainty." With a new owner in town, Hendry appears to be on the clock even though his contract runs through 2012. Maybe that's why he was a bit, shall we say, impatient, with questions yesterday in the wake of ace lefty Ted Lilly having his shoulder scoped.

Talk about uncertainty. Even though it's early in the off-season, Hendry has uncertainty with his pitching picture. Right now, the Cubs' starters who figure to open the season on the active list are Carlos Zambrano (do people still want to trade him now?), Ryan Dempster and Randy Wells plus your choice of Jeff Samardzija, Tom Gorzelanny and maybe Sean Marshall.

That's why it's important for Hendry to get serious about bringing Rich Harden back for at least one year. Otherwise, you have two proven veterans plus a guy coming off a big workload in his rookie year as the top three starters. Unless Hendry makes a trade, the rotation is pretty questionable after that. Sure, Lilly could be back sometime in April, but there's no guarantee of that

And I am THRILLED to report this news, which is sure to make a bunch of your heads explode. There's nothing better than pure, white-hot rage on a Friday morning! From mlbtraderumors.com:

Mark DeRosa "expressed a wish to test the open market," and the Cardinals beat writer expects the Cubs to make an offer.  I'm not sure - the Cubs are limited on funds, seemingly happy with Jeff Baker at second base, and probably seeking a left-handed bat to replace Milton Bradley.

Hahahahahahaha. Yay--at least I'll have something fun to look at.

Since Cubs headlines are increasingly hard to come by this morning, we're going to make this a combined Cubs/Off-Base Diary.

If you haven't seen this yet, enjoy!

 

 

The Heckler weighs in on the Cubs' new owners, and hilarity ensues:

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is a longtime fan of his new ballclub, a fact that doesn't sit well with crosstown front office man Jerry Reinsdorf.

 "An owner is supposed to rule his team with an iron fist and a cold heart," said Reinsdorf. "Just look at how I treat the Bulls and Sox. I literally hate them."

According to some estimates, Reinsdorf has attended fewer than a dozen Bulls and White Sox games since 1998, and has gone on record numerous times wishing the Bulls would be contracted out of the NBA.

"You also have to despise the fans ... that's a big part of it too," said Reinsdorf. "This Ricketts guy sounds like a real sucker."

Sadly, this is probably true.

 

And some Friday gold from The Onion:

 

NEW YORK--Alex Rodriguez's first World Series appearance and the Philadelphia Phillies' attempt to repeat as champions may have emerged as the dominant October subplots, but ESPN baseball analyst Peter Gammons said Tuesday that another fascinating angle of the 2009 Fall Classic is a sub-subplot involving Hall of Famer Yogi Berra's brief drive through Philadelphia during a trip to Washington, D.C. in 1953.

 

"It just goes to show you how much history these teams have," Gammons said on Baseball Tonight following a seven-minute segment detailing a wrong turn off I-95 by the former Yankees catcher. "Imagine, 56 years and four months to the day before CC Sabathia starts Game 1 of the World Series, Yogi Berra was actually in Philadelphia and may have passed by the Liberty Bell. I'm not saying the Series will come down to this, but it's definitely something to keep in mind." Gammons added that a sub-sub-subplot for fans to watch involves former Yankee Scott Brosius, who attended high school with Meryl Fornadel, aunt of Helen Fornadel, who was the principal of Canyon View Elementary School, which is in the same San Diego school district as the elementary school Cole Hamels attended.

Hee hee hee.

 

5 Songs on My iPod (Shuffle Edition):

 

Run This Town: Jay-Z, Rhianna, Kanye

Black Magic Woman: Santana

The Theme From 'The Fall Guy': Hee hee hee

I'm Yours: Jason Mraz

Valerie: Amy Whinehouse

 

LOHO question of the day: How do you feel about Doc Blume's traitorous actions?

 

Just had to share this. A Friday gift to my fellow Star Wars geeks:

 

 

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gravedigger said:

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I love Bruce's little dig at the idiot fans -- "Do people still want to trade him now?" -- you go, Bruce.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I never wanted to trade him.

gravedigger said:

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I didn't say you did...

AndCounting said:

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Was it a dig at the idiot fans or his idiot colleagues over at the Trib who suggested the Cubs release Z outright? So many idiot digs, so little time.

gravedigger said:

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Very good point.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hey--guess what, guys? LOHO gets to do the official CN Bears thread this Sunday. Make sure to stop by and play!

gravedigger said:

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How bout no.

Doc said:

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We have another open house on sunday...

and I'm fairly sure I'll be stuck watching the Packer game anyway...ugh!

Little Bear said:

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Perhaps Doc Blume is trying to make an alliance then become a traitor.

Doc said:

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shhhhh....

quiet!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Doc Blume is a member of the rebel alliance and a traitor.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Don't forget to start thinkin' about your mottos for the Cubs new motto contest later today.

AndCounting said:

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Proving once and for all that it's infinitely better to fall asleep at a hair salon than at a tattoo studio.

flyball said:

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I would love Harden to be back next season, but I assume he's looking for a longer term contract than that, although he's one of the players it would be worth to find out exactly how long, and for how much money

flyball said:

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and I'm using that Star Wars reference as segue to this gem

Star Wars in Concert

"'Star Wars In Concert' is built around John Williams' well-known scores from the films, performed by a symphony orchestra and choir, and accompanied by specially edited clips from all six movies, displayed on a mammoth LED screen."

and yes, it is in Chicago at the beginning of December

gravedigger said:

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Lincecum = dumbass.

flyball said:

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general observation, or comment on something in particular?

gravedigger said:

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San Francisco Giants star pitcher Tim Lincecum is facing misdemeanor marijuana charges following a traffic stop in his home state.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4627319

JulieDiCaro said:

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Damn. I can't believe I forgot to include that in the headlines.

Is anyone really surprised? If I saw him at an arcade rather than on a pitching mound, he would look right at home.

flyball said:

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its dumb, but a misdemeanor and a traffic ticket, eh coulda been worse, its not like members of the Cubs didn't get caught being stupid too

although he just gave the league reason to start testing him for recreational illegal substances, so thats dumb

JulieDiCaro said:

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Brewers send JJ Hardy to the Twinks for OF Carlos Gomez.

gravedigger said:

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Wow, a lot of trades already...

millertime said:

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Does this mean no more "JJ makes me Hardy" T-shirts being rocked by the Brew Crew Faithful?

Now who are all those Brew Babes going to marry?

Will James Jerry be booed when he returns to Milwaukee for interleague play next year?

I am having wayyyyyyyyyy to much fun with this trade.

I hope Gomez doesn't teach the Brewers the magic of Small Ball and turn them into a scrappy, little giants/little engine that could team that wins the division next year. I shall take heart in the fact that Dave Bush is still in their starting rotation, and they just paid some old guy $8 million to pitch the 9nth inning of games.

millertime said:

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On second thought, I hope Gomez teaches a lot to the Brewers.

OPS career: .638. Best OPS in a season? .657.

But he runs fast. So thats good.

Something tells me this won't turn out to be a good move for the Brewers.

JulieDiCaro said:

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that's still infinitely better than craig counsell teaching them his old batting stance.

Dmband said:

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At least Lincecum waiting until the end of the season.

Doc said:

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Seriously...just look at the kid. He looks stoned most of the time anyway. Why would this come as a shock to anyone.

jtbwriter said:

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Good morning from comfortably cool So Cal...
Where did you find the "Droids" photo-that's a howl!
Congrats to Doc for his own blah-blah space-hope the Ricketts give you plenty of fodder!
Did anyone put the Yank parade on MLB-kind of fun watching the players getting their families on the floats then playing tourist with their cameras.

smwojoz said:

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"There's a hundred and four days of summer vacation and school comes along just to end it! So, the annual problem for our generation is finding a good way to spend it..."

BTW, good luck Doc. Though I seldom agreed, you at least made me think.

Doc said:

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Thanks...I tend to disagree with just about everyone, so it will likely be the most ignored blog on the planet.

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