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Chicago Cubs Monday Headlines: Let the Fire Sale Commence!


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I never want the Cubs to lose, but sometimes a loss can be a good thing in the long run. Had the Cubs won last night, they'd be 8 games out, dreaming of rejoining the playoff race. That kind of delusion can only lead to heartbreak and the same disappointing team next year. Even Ryan Dempster seems resigned to this fate. Bring on the fire sale!

The Cubs have kept the faith, but even they're finding it hard to believe this team will stay together as is.

"I love our team, and I love the guys in that locker room," said pitcher Ryan Dempster, who started Sunday and worked 7 innings. "I think we've been playing a lot better. Unfortunately, we dug ourselves a big hole, but since the all-star break, we've been playing really good baseball. We've been scoring a bunch of runs. For the most part, we've been pitching well.

"But I understand there's a side to everything. There's a trade deadline coming up. Whatever it ends up being, it ends up being, but I like what we got in there right now. Whatever it ends up being two weeks from now is just fine, too."


Now that it's July and the Cubs are already out of playoff contention, the offense has been on a tear. Maybe the team should consider moving somewhere warmer.

The Cubs entered Sunday's game tied for first in the National League in home runs (30) in July and first in slugging percentage at .473. They were second in runs scored (108) and batting average (.277). The hot weather at Wrigley Field has been a boon to the Cubs' offense.

"The wind has been blowing out here in Wrigley most of this month, and all of this homestand except for today," Piniella said. "And it helps our type of team because we hit a lot of fly balls."


With the exceptional pitching they've gotten, imagine where the Cubs would be if they had been hitting anywhere near this for the rest of the season.

Cubs starters lead the majors with 62 quality starts.


Bobby Valentine was in town last night, replacing the wise old sage Joe Morgan in the broadcast booth. He hopes to be back in Chicago sometime this offseason.


The former Texas Rangers and New York Mets manager, who has been speculated to be among the potential candidates to replace Lou Piniella, said he wants to interview for the Cubs' managerial opening.

''I'd love to,'' he said. ''[The speculation] is flattering. It's flattering that people remember the name. It's probably a real easy one to spell, too. Most people have it on their calendar.''

However, when asked whether he'd contact the Cubs to request an interview, Valentine said, ''I have respect for what I'm doing [at ESPN], and I have a wonderful job. And I'm not out looking to find new employment. And I have a four-year contract to do what I do.''

But he added, ''It's also like asking an astronaut if he wants to go to outer space, or a race-car driver if he wants to drive the newest Maserati. [The Cubs job] is cherished. It's also a graveyard.''

How cool would it be to have a master of disguise as the next Cubs' manager? As we prepare to bid adieu to Ted Lilly, we can also prepare to welcome back Carlos Zambrano.

Piniella said reports on Carlos Zambrano's two scoreless innings for Class AAA Iowa on Saturday were ''positive,'' and he expects the recent anger-management grad to join the bullpen in Colorado late in the week after one more outing.

And to wrap things up, we find out that Tyler Colvin has a sense of humor.

After hitting leadoff homers in back-to-back games against the Cardinals, rookie Tyler Colvin was asked if he'd start talking in third-person, like leadoff-homer record-setter Rickey Henderson.

''No, not at all,'' he said with a laugh. ''Tyler doesn't do that.''


If, like me, you missed the Hawk's HOF induction yesterday, do yourself a favor and go check out Julie's live blog of the ceremony.

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plamorte said:

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A White Sox fan co-worker sent me this when I got in this AM, I admit, it's kind of funny:

I met a fairy today who said I could have one wish. "I want to live forever " I said.

"Sorry" said the fairy, "I'm not allowed to grant wishes like that!" "Fine" I said, "I want to die when the Cubs win the World Series!"

"You crafty bastard," said the fairy.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I take responsibility for last night's loss. I'm the one who put "SWEE" in the post title.

gravedigger said:

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At this point, it really doesn't matter.

JulieDiCaro said:

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still.

gravedigger said:

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In fact, I kind of appreciate it. The more they lose, the higher the draft pick.

JulieDiCaro said:

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again, you're acting like we have a regular front office. we have a front office who used their first round pick to draft a 5th rounder.

gravedigger said:

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Thats actually a really good point.

And it makes me both sad and stabby.

flyball said:

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I was chatting with a Cards fan last night (I know, I know) and he says the Cubs series always worries him and pointed out with 10 games (well 9 now) left that you never know

I laughed, because I know better

JulieDiCaro said:

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it's funny because it's true.

plamorte said:

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Hey LOHO readers, anyone have a good idea of where I could go to get some silent auction items donated? My work's second annual cancer walk is in August and I have to find some for the event afterward! Let me know and if you're interested in walking, it's in New Lenox. Info here: http://bit.ly/cmeMyb

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Grocery stores usually have a monthly budget for donations. Liquor distributors/stores always have seasonal display items (I got a snowboard for a silent auction once). Pizza places are usually good for gift certificates, other restaurants too. Maybe you've already hit those places, but a few ideas nonetheless.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I just realized how remarkably long it's been since I've solicited donations. Gift certificates no longer exist.

FrankS said:

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They have been replaced with gift cards. It's just another piece of plastic to carry in your wallet or purse.

Edelweiss said:

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Get Ryan Theriot to autograph some things. He loves the publicity, and it won't cost him a dime.

JulieDiCaro said:

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when a friend asked me to help her out witha silent auction, I hit up all my season ticket-holding friends to donate one game.

secdelahc said:

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I think I jinxed the game last night. I decided to actually sit down and watch it instead of catching up on work (like I should have). And they lost. Boo.

gravedigger said:

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I think the team is responsible for the loss because they suck at playing baseball.

AndCounting said:

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Cynic.

cadarnell said:

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i think its sori's fault for dickin around at home plate again on what should have been a double in one of the innings in the game ... the new manager better not put up with that shit ... send him somewhere else with a bunch of other very talented players who put out a 90% effort but still manage to win games, where he can win championships ... this is the cubs here ...we're not down with that. hA!

gravedigger said:

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Having a rare slow day. Someone please entertain.

gravedigger said:

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LOHO, I am dissapoint.

sloan peterson said:

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Well, we could talk about CubbieJulie's post on lemondrop.com. I for one was amused at some of the responses for the post. Personal fave was "Robin" whom somehow confuses baseball players with members of congress....

gravedigger said:

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I don't know. I'm sort of a misogynist.

gravedigger said:

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Also, Julie mentions Title IX, but used to rag on my old boss Ted Stevens all the time.

That guy wrote the fucking law, but that'll never matter I guess.

JulieDiCaro said:

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meh--he deserved it for thinking the internet is made of tubes.

gravedigger said:

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Holy shit. You weren't joking. The derp is strong in the comments. lol

sloan peterson said:

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Glad to help out...

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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There were four up when I read it, and I thought, "This doesn't speak well to the intelligence of lemondrop's readers" but then I remembered that most people who bother to comment on a piece are morons. I finally stopped reading the comments on our local paper's site because I had about 30 aneurysms.

JulieDiCaro said:

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yeah, i'm not going to read the comments. i will say that this wasn't my idea. lemondrop wanted me specifically to write about that subject as a tie-in to "my boys."

so. . . whatever.

gravedigger said:

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Don't read the comments. It was an interesting and well-written article that was still subject to the usual herp derp common on the internets by anonymous commenters.

oog of ulams said:

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oogy oogy boog

kapow! fwoosh!

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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oog, you always know just what to say.

gravedigger said:

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Indeed

flyball said:

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I got nuthin, sorry

secdelahc said:

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So, how wrong is it of me to be thinking it would be fun to spike the drink of one of my coworkers who is Mormon, just because I think she would be a really fun drunk?

gravedigger said:

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I'm racist against Mormons.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I can't stand people who try to get out of paying their attorneys fees. Jerks.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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You told me you wouldn't get paid if I didn't!

JulieDiCaro said:

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blah. i'm in a terrible mood now.

sloan peterson said:

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We had a meeting today to thank our department for our hard work in auditing. Our Division Chief told the gathering that "people fear you and that's a good thing." Promptly several sensitive co-workers then began complaining that they WANT to be liked not feared.They went down to the offending department after the meeting to assure people that THEY are their friends....

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I wish I were feared.

sloan peterson said:

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For my job fear is good. When people pal around mistakes happen and legal and financial problems happen.Pals are why my department (Quality Assurance) was created. Unfortunately, they waited 10 years too late to set up standards and now the union will not allow them, fearing it would be used to fire older,long-time employees. They created our department, and stopped giving middle management positions based on their cooking for potlucks....

Dmband said:

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“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me. "

-Michael Scott

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Great quote.

sloan peterson said:

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Number of people in my job I would want to love me= 0...

secdelahc said:

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Sloan-
I completely understand being hated. Most people turn their badges around so I can't see their names, even though I'm only an intern and have no power. Everyone thinks HR and QA are the enemies...

sloan peterson said:

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In the real world QA can keep companies from having to lay off people,and can help HR to promote people who actually do deserve it. But I work in a civil service environment, where you need to set up a trial to fire a bad employee, and after 2 years the said employee can have all negative work reviews,warnings, etc. removed from their file.

Edelweiss said:

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OMG.....it is soooo great to be retired.

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