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Chicago Cubs Headlines for Wednesday

2009 World Series



Here's one out of left field. From PhillyBurbs.com comes the headline "Reports: Dodgers, Cubs stalk Martinez". Doesn't that sound a bit severe and quite possibly illegal? Here's the text within the story that prompted the headline:

As much as both sides enjoyed their 2 1/2-month joyride together, all signs point to a breakup with Martinez, now a free agent right-hander, finding a new home for 2010. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs reportedly are possible landing spots for Martinez, who did prove in his short time with the Phillies that he has something left after having consecutive injury-riddled seasons with the New York Mets from 2007-08.

I'm not sure how "reportedly landing spots" turns into stalking. And this is the first we've heard of this rumor (aside from when Pedro was still unsigned this summer). But at least it's something new!

Since there's nothing else to report, we'll round out today's headlines with a Cubs.com fluff piece. It's an in-depth interview with 2009's sixth best NL rookie, Randy Wells. What's Randy's offseason look like?

MLB.com: What's the first thing you want to do this offseason?

Wells: Golf is right up there. Wake up on a Sunday and do nothing but watch football with my buddies and play cards and just relax and not have anywhere to go.


I agree Randy, that does sound nice. So, you may be wondering, does he actually do baseball stuff?


MLB.com: This offseason, when do you start your workouts?

Wells: I'll take some time off and do things a little differently this year. I'll start playing light catch through the offseason. Nothing extravagant or anything. I'll do my weights and keep my range of motion. I'll start thinking about it pretty early. I probably won't get cranked up until mid January. By Jan. 1, I'll start throwing.


I want three months off, too. Next, we discover that Randy envies Lou's spontaneity and he's not a foodie.

MLB.com: If you could be Lou Piniella for a day, what would you do?

Wells: I'd want to throw a base. I'd get kicked out of a game and throw stuff all over the place.

MLB.com: Is there a comfort food you crave?

Wells: McDonald's. I never eat it during the season, but I want to every time I drive by.

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JulieDiCaro said:

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Colin told me I look like Beethoven this morning.

WTF? I hate kids.

gravedigger said:

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lol I love Colin.

millertime said:

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Yeah, I can totally see that. Did you get flour in your hair? Cause then you'd definitely look like him.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Eh, I wore it in a ponytail to sleep in last night, and when i woke up, it was a little. . . high in the front.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I'd kill for that kind of body.

AndCounting said:

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Are you kidding? Beethoven hair is like the coiffure holy grail. You owe him a banana split.

flyball said:

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I kinda would love Pedro on the Cubs, but only if we get shoot your mouth off and back it up by pitching like a maniac Pedro

MN Pat said:

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We already have one of those named Carlos Zambrano. Except he's more of a back it up "sometimes" by pitching.

flyball said:

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just think of all the great things Pedro could teach Zambrano, I mean Zambrano hasn't yet mastered how to threaten a ghost, it would be great

plus it would guarantee a World Series position, MLB would have to, the Yankees defending their title, and Pedro on the mound in New York for his last game trying to get the Cubs a win, FOX would basically demand it

Doc said:

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and then he'd blow it like has so many times before.

blah.

flyball said:

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but they'd have made it to the World Series

c'mon, the Cubs have got to start forcing MLB's hand on this

Doc said:

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I kinda would love Pedro on the Cubs...like 5 years ago.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I would also love to have Pedro. Pedro, Z, and Uncle Milty. That's a trio made in heaven.

Doc said:

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I don't like the vision you have of what heaven is.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Heaven used to be whoever would get the Cubs to the WS. But I've given up on that dream, and now 'heaven' is whoever keeps me entertained.

flyball said:

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Baseball Cake Wrecks

they're kinda related...

thisyearcub said:

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Hey FB, sorry I'm a day late in answering your question, busy over here, but Nov. 20 is the last day to file for free agency.

flyball said:

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thanks!

gravedigger said:

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Julie, if you don't already, you should follow @FakeAPStylebook

JulieDiCaro said:

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I do and it makes me laugh.

gravedigger said:

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Should have figured. It sure didn't take you much time to go from "What's twatting?" to being the Twitter master.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Ha.

Social media does kind of seem to be my "thing."

JulieDiCaro said:

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I hate this time of year. There's nothing to talk about. Not even any good rumors going around? Wither Brian Robers?

gravedigger said:

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I heard he has herpes.

gravedigger said:

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Oh, I don't think you meant that kind of rumor.

flyball said:

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that rumor is false, see Brian likes Sabrina, and then Pam found out and started spreading lies about him because she's had a crush on him for, like, forever!

Doc said:

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Ok...I don't want Brian Roberts on this team.

thisyearcub said:

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ZOMGZ!!! Pam's a bitch!! I'm going to the mall!! Twitter! Gossip Girl!

thisyearcub said:

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That would be great. Then the Cubs could get rid of Aaron Mils. Right now the team is more focused on moving Milton Bradly, which would hopefully net Curtis Grandersn.

Aisle424 said:

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Its not a rumor, but the Sammy and his skin cream saga continues. Sammy had a guy show up at his birthday party to mock him and then getting indignant when he got tossed. Looks like he wants to be the Hispanic Mancow.

http://424tales.blogspot.com/2009/11/shock-jocks-are-apparently-unfunny-in.html

JulieDiCaro said:

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Heh.

"Hispanic Mancow."

thisyearcub said:

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I just don't understand the obsession over this. People need to let the man be.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I bought the skin story, but it totally looks like he's wearing green contacts in that photo, too.

Believe me, Matt. The last thing Sammy wants is for people to "let him be."

flyball said:

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ooooh, I want green contacts, that would be cool

it was on the Today Show, seriously? don't you have better things to talk about? (oasn, a school friend was on today too!)

thisyearcub said:

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He's free to do whatever he wants, as far as I'm concerned. It'd be one thing if he came out and was hawking "Sammy Sosa Whitening Cream" on an infomercial (and yes, I know he said he might sell it, but that was a joke), but he had a birthday party where people took pics of him and everyone went bezerko.

As far as I can remember, he's been pretty much out of the public eye before that.

thisyearcub said:

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Wow, that guy put on blackface?!?!? What a complete fucking asshole. He's glad getting tossed is the only thing that happened to him.

Aisle424 said:

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Absolutely. It sounds like Sammy's staff handled it with as much professionalism as could be expected. My inclination would have been to deck him first and then toss him out.

JulieDiCaro said:

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So I was gone when the whole Curtis Granderson thing started, and I'll admit to not following the AL as closely as I should. Do we want Curtis Granderson? I don't think I want Curtis Granderson. Didn't he hit like, .249 with a .320 OBP or something last season?

millertime said:

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He has a Career OPS of .827. And he plays CF. And he's younger than Bradley. He did have a bad year last year, but so did Bradley.

While I don't think Granderson makes the team that much better, the key thing is, he might not make the team worse.

millertime said:

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Also, he plays very good defense. Bradley plays average defense. So, hooray for that.

JulieDiCaro said:

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It's hard for me to get excited about that endorsement.

millertime said:

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Something people need to realize, is that there is no way this team gets better because of trading Bradley.

JulieDiCaro said:

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CAVEAT: It does if Bradley can't get out of his head and has a crappy season because he's more worried about everyone's opinion of him than hitting the baseball.

thisyearcub said:

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Unless it's for Roy Halladay. That's about it.

millertime said:

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Is it too late to submit an entry for our 2010 motto?

Chicago Cubs: "We might not be worse than last year?"

JulieDiCaro said:

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2010 Chicago Cubs: We might not totally suck after all!

millertime said:

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Too positive. Put a "?" on it.

JulieDiCaro said:

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We might not totally suck after all?

millertime said:

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Perfect.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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And hit something like .173 against lefties. I don't see how they can get him without getting someone to take Milty and his money. That's another $8 million or so they don't have.

Doc said:

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My argument about Granderson is that he is slowly turning into Alfonso Soriano...

Right now he's younger, cheaper and better defensively...

So if the Cubs were to get him, they should probably move soriano, and then they would still need a lead-off hitter.

~shameless plug~
I have a little more to say about ithere.

thisyearcub said:

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Fucking France. Way to cheat your way in. Fitting.

Sorry, homeland ... better luck in 2014.

flyball said:

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soccer?

how are the Italians doing?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Former Gunner scumbag Thierry Henry with a blatant handball in front of the goal to send France to the WC over Ireland. I'm disgusted.

thisyearcub said:

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Likewise. Boo Frenchies! My Irish deserve better.

JulieDiCaro said:

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That was bad. Terrible. Horrible. Disgusting. And I have an Henry jersey hanging in my closet. Boooooo! Booooo my closet!!!!

I don't know how FIFA can NOT do anything about that.

Doc said:

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I was not this stupid and angry when I was this age...

Stupid dork from Buffalo Grove

AndCounting said:

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I was. Just didn't have the guts to bring the police into my video game restrictions.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Given the suburb, I am no surprised.

millertime said:

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I PASSED MY MPA EXAM! I OFFICIALLY HAVE A MASTERS DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING! RELEASE THE CONFETTI!!!!

baturkey said:

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Huzzah!

JulieDiCaro said:

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YAY YOU!!!!!!

flyball said:

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Congratulations!

does this mean no more school too ?

millertime said:

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Yep! Well, actually, I've been done with my classes since May, I just had the exam I still needed to pass.

But now I'm done. Things are going to start happening to me now!

flyball said:

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double congrats then

thisyearcub said:

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Oh, so what, you think you my masta now? I'm 'posed to listen to your punk ass? I can count .... 1, 2, 4, 5 ... countin' these rocks, biotch!

/Chris Rock'd
//seriously, congrats, MT

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