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Chicago Cubs Friday Headlines: Little-to-Nothing to Report


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Here we are after another day off, with little real news to report. One thing we know is that Big Z will be starting tonight. Unless Mother Nature decides to be a big jerk again.

Lou Piniella named Carlos Zambrano as his starter for Friday night's game at Houston, while leaving the next two spots open.

Piniella said after Wednesday night's postponement in Pittsburgh that he would prefer to let Zambrano start Friday. Zambrano didn't warm up Wednesday night, playing catch instead as the team waited to find out whether the game would be played.

Carlos Silva and Ryan Dempster were scheduled to pitch Friday and Saturday. The two could be pushed back a day or Piniella may insert Ted Lilly in Sunday's spot to avoid pitching him against the Pirates again in Monday's make-up game.



You might imagine there's no one in the world that knows how Armando Galarraga felt the other night. Milt Pappas might.

Twenty perfect games have been completed in big-league history. Ten more were spoiled on the 27th batter.

But only two in 135 seasons of major-league baseball came down to an umpire's call on the 27th batter.

Wednesday night it happened to Detroit's Armando Galarraga on ump Jim Joyce's blown call at first. Thirty-eight years ago, it was the Cubs' Pappas watching Bruce Froemming call ''ball four'' on a disputed 3-2 pitch to the San Diego Padres' Larry Stahl.

''I just felt so bad for the kid,'' said the only man alive who can empathize with Galarraga. ''He not only lost the perfect game, he lost the no-hitter. At least I got the no-hitter out of it. But if Bud Selig intervenes and gives it to him, I'm going to call Bud Selig and see if he'll do it for me.''


If you hadn't noticed, Carlos Marmol has been dominating so far this year.

48.1Percentage of batters faced that Cubs closer Carlos Marmol has struck out (50 of 104). The major-league record is 44.8 percent by Eric Gagne during his 2003 Cy Young season.

And to round things up, Lou Piniella leaves us with some words of wisdom.

''I cling to being optimistic. I cling to being hopeful. But at the same time, I mean, you've got to see it on the field. You've got to be realistic, too. I could go out and look for a winning lottery ticket every day for the rest of my life, but if I don't work, I can't buy one.''

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flyball said:

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when I heard about the blown call from the perfect game the first thing I thought of was Milt Pappas

its Friday, anyone got good news to share?

gravedigger said:

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We're probably not all going to die today.

Umbra said:

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But we're all going to die someday.

:(

gravedigger said:

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Marmol was one of the few players on this team I had any faith in. His stuff was too good and his control history too spot-on for his troubles from last year to continue.

Now if he could teach the rest of these assholes how to play...

gravedigger said:

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Also, dude, Milt. It's been a really fucking long time. I get that you're bitter, but after a while, you just sound like a dick.

and the "if he gets it, I want it too" thing makes you sound like an 11 year old on the playground.

AndCounting said:

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Milt Pappas isn't exactly a name that engenders a lot of empathy anyway. His name sounds like a euphemism for a hundred different things, all of them nasty, most of them involving some sort of bodily secretion. I know it's just his name and not his fault. But if he didn't sound like such a freaking milt-pappas, I wouldn't make fun of him.

gravedigger said:

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That's pretty much exactly right.

secdelahc said:

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Isn't the fact that it's Friday good enough news? No? Okay, then. How about this? I finished my first intern project yesterday and they LOVED it! I'm hoping that this trend will continue.

flyball said:

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yay!

kiwibob said:

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Good work Sec... I hope that's excuse enough to be already drinking

AndCounting said:

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I'd say that Mother Nature can't cancel a game at Minute Maid Park, but Z's displaced no-hitter against the Astros would beg to differ.

Dmband said:

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GD-

You're exactly right. The first thing I thought of was the difference between the way it was handled by Gallarage. How can you not root for the kid after that.

He was the definition of class and maturity. That was impressive...
meanwhile, Pappas is still crying about it. He could learn a lesson from what happened..

DKT said:

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I think it being Friday is enough for me, as far as good news goes. I'm trying not to think too much about the games this weekend, hoping the Cubs will finally 'wake up'.

There's always that little glimmer of hope...

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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And they are playing the Astros...

secdelahc said:

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We sure are a quiet bunch today...

plamorte said:

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agreed, i;m semi-sedated myself but still, no need to be so quiet! Cubs on tonight, Big Z! YAY! (anyone? bueller? bueller?)

abe frohman said:

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Um, he's sick.
My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night.
I guess it's pretty serious

Chicago Sports Suck said:

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Zambrano will not last 5 minutes. He should be dead like you.

gravedigger said:

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I've had a surprising amount of work to do for a Friday.

Edelweiss said:

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Hey!!! How about you turn the Cubs Dickball video into a real video game? If you watched that thing, your sides would split from laughter. It would be much more fun than MLB 2010 or fantasy baseball. You are probably fantacizing about it right now.

flyball said:

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its 95 degrees here again, so I'm very very tired

JulieDiCaro said:

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i'm headed downtown for Blogs With Balls 3 and then the Hawks game (i'll be at a bar not the game) and hopefully dinner with some great bloggy chicks. I'm staying downtown, so I porbably won't be around mich until Sunday.

sloan peterson said:

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I get to listen to the radio today and the radio station I am listening to is playing 10 songs from 1975. So Far:
"Born to Run"- Bruce Springsteen
"Landslide"- Fleetwood Mac
"Jive Talking"- Bee Gees
"Fool for the city"- Foghat
"Fox on the Run-" The Sweet

They currently are playing "MIracles" by Jefferson Starship- the long 8 minute version. I still don't like that song....

sloan peterson said:

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Okay the other four songs were:
"Love Hurts"- Nazareth
"Saturday Night Special"- Lynard Synnard
"Love is the Drug"- Roxy Music
"Old Mexico"- James Taylor

secdelahc said:

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Flyball, I'm starting to understand about hot. On the 10-day weather forecast, I don't see a day that's below 100 degrees. I guess that's what I get for being in Phoenix, huh?

flyball said:

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I do like Arizona though :)

sloan peterson said:

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Here in CA, whenever it gets to 100 degrees the local news shows footage of floods somewhere else in the world and then says,"Well, a little hear isn't too bad. Everyone should go to the beach."
But I guess you've already heard the dry heat comments?

flyball said:

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there are literally 5 Dunkin donuts within walking distance of where I am at right now, I am losing my willpower to stay away from the free donut

AndCounting said:

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What part of anyone's will wants to stay away from free donuts?

sloan peterson said:

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You will burn calories walking to and walking back from getting the free donut....

secdelahc said:

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Mmmmm....free donuts....

secdelahc said:

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@sloan peterson: I hear the dry heat comments all the time. I don't care what they say- anything above 100 degrees (even with no humidity) is still hot.

Chicago Sports Suck said:

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Chicago Will never win another championship ever again. Chicago Sports fans should kill themselves.

Chicago Sports Suck said:

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Chicago Sucks in every sport they play. You Chicago Morons are too fat, lazy and stupid to do anything. Even your food sucks.

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