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Chicago Cubs Wednesday Headlines: NL with Biggest Upset Since American Revolution


National League's Marlon Byrd, of the Chicago Cubs, scores past American League catcher John Buck, of the Toronto Blue Jays, on a three-run double by Brian McCann, of the Atlanta Braves, during the seventh inning of the All-Star baseball game on July 13, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif. The NL won 3-1.  UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom



Maybe you're un-American and didn't watch the All Star Game last night. If you didn't, you missed the first National League win since the Grant administration. You also missed the Cubs' lone representative making key plays on offense and defense to help the NL to victory. Last night, Byrd was indeed the wyrd.

Byrd had extended the seventh inning when he escaped an 0-2 hole against Matt Thornton to walk, loading the bases with two outs for McCann. He charged around the bases to score on McCann's liner over first baseman Paul Konerko's head, then made the play of the game in the ninth.

David Ortiz had greeted Broxton with a single. Adrian Beltre struck out but John Buck then lifted a soft fly toward right field. Playing deep to cut off doubles, Byrd couldn't quite get to the ball. But he mortified Ortiz as he played the ball on a hop and fired it to shortstop Rafael Furcal in time to force Ortiz at second base.

This was the kind of play you see in Little League, but Byrd said he twice made it while playing for the Rangers. He said Ortiz's lack of speed was not the central issue on the play, as any runner would have had to hesitate as he waited to see if the ball could be caught.

Since MLB doesn't allow video embedding, you can check out Byrd's defensive play here

Should you like to see him scoring on McCann's double, look here. One bonus to this highlight is when you hear Tim McCarver say "McCann with the biggest hit for the National League in 13 years." The NL last won the ASG in 1996.


After the death of George Steinbrenner, Lou Piniella sent his condolences to the Steinbrenner family.

"George was like a father figure to me," said Piniella, who played for the Yankees from 1974-84 and managed them from 1986-88.  "He treated me well, he treated me fair and he gave me a wonderful opportunity to play and manage the game we all love.

"George will be remembered as one of the most influential and renowned owners of a franchise in sports history.  He leaves a legacy of winning and an unwavering passion for success.  My wife Anita and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Steinbrenner family and the Yankees organization.  George was very special to me and I loved him."

So did Tom Ricketts, but his aren't as interesting since he didn't know Steinbrenner personally. There's not much else for news floating around, so if you have something else you'd like to discuss today, let's consider this an open thread. And pray for something to happen today so I've got something to post for headlines tomorrow.

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secdelahc said:

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I'm really struggling with motivation for work today. Someone help distract me!

Cubs Psychologist said:

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I think I can help. Look at my photo and imagine that you are coming to see this person for "psychological help." Then again, doing that may cause trauma.

Dmband said:

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Great headline Carl...

cadarnell said:

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agreed

JulieDiCaro said:

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That headline is hilarious.

Also, I'm so proud of our little Marlon. When he muffed the diving catch and then struck out, I put a bag over my head. But I took it off and ripped it to shreds after his AWESOME defensive play!

cadarnell said:

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i think it's funny how all the analysts focused on the base running of Scott Rolen when, a) it didn't matter as the next guy popped up, b) it wasn't all that smart as the throw was in plenty of time to get him if it were on line, c) Marlon Byrd's base running was really better, and d) don't they realize he's a f**king red and has been a card ???? wtf !

gravedigger said:

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Lets hope some players get traded today.

AndCounting said:

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I'm setting the over/under at 2 and taking the over.

Doc said:

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under

JulieDiCaro said:

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i'll take the "no one gets traded today."

Doc said:

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agreed

plamorte said:

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ditto

cadarnell said:

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I'll put a mortgage payment on the under..

sloan peterson said:

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but what about managers/coaches?Think any will get the boot this week?

AndCounting said:

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I can't wait to collect my money.

Doc said:

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dammit

cadarnell said:

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im such a sucker ... my mortgage payment are very low though ... i give citimortgage a sixer of old style each month ... you should see my house ...lol

JulieDiCaro said:

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I think we should start laying odds on which player goes first/does Hendry think we have a shot at it and keeps everyone?

Doc said:

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Lilly will be the first to go. A dependable lefty in the last year of his contract? He's going to get the most interest of any Cubs player.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I used to think Lilly, but now I think Nady.

Doc said:

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Getting traded for a urinal cake doesn't count.

Edelweiss said:

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Do they fizz when you pee on them?

Dmband said:

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I think Hendry trades DeRosa first. Clearly, he sees no need for a second basemen. Ever. Again.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Hendry will make a trade to get Prior...eventhough he is not with a team. That's how remarkable Hendry is!!

Doc said:

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I don't think so...that's not in Hendry's character to sign a former player that he let go in the first place.

Now, if it is an oft-injured player who's been out of baseball for a number of years, but never played in a Cubs uniform while Jim Hendry was GM, then we might have a case for Prior to be traded to the Cubs.

Doc said:

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That made no sense.

AndCounting said:

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And that's precisely why it will work.

Doc said:

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Crap...

There has been a trade.

Stupid Blue Jays and Braves...boooooo!!!!

plamorte said:

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Disclaimer: when I said no trades, i thought we were only talking CUBS deals

JulieDiCaro said:

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me too.

Doc said:

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oh...I'm thinking the Cubs are going to sit out this trade season.

AndCounting said:

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Voter intent is all well and good, but GD's comment contained no such specification.

gravedigger said:

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It didn't. But I meant Cubs trades.

Edelweiss said:

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This may be a portent of things to come. It looks like the Cubs want to move the expensive players first. They are working on a deal for Lilly, but have turned down two offers for Fontenot.

secdelahc said:

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And it's Not Our Alex Gonzalez that gets traded.

Doc said:

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No...our Alex Gonzalez is buried in the foundation of the new football stadium at the Meadowlands.

sloan peterson said:

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My 2 favorite episodes were the animation episode, and the episode where they insisted on sitting in the girls sex ed class where they fainted on watching a childbirth film. And, my company's CEO has the voice of the male teacher, and looks just like him,albeit with short hair...

Doc said:

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When I ran a pizza place back in the mid-90's, I employed both Beavis and Butthead. Those two kids, Matt and Sung, were hilarious.

Edelweiss said:

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Beavis and Butthead, or Theriot and Baker?

JulieDiCaro said:

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false. Cornholio is the greatest episode ever.

Doc said:

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I would have to agree with you, Adam.

sloan peterson said:

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Also,does this mean that MTV will show videos again?

Doc said:

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only in the middle of Beavis and Butthead episodes.

Max Power said:

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Intresting Steinbrenner tidbit: Steinbrenner’s net worth has been estimated at $1.15 billion, and dying in 2010 rather than 2011 could amount to a $600 million savings for his heirs.

Dmband said:

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Max-

Yahoo had a great headline yesterday, but I think they were forced to take it down. Its said "Steinbrenner picks great year to die"..

I tried to click on it, but it kept saying it was expired.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Good one.

Dmband said:

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ps. Dont forget everyone the public onsale date for DMB @ Wrigley is Sat at 10am...

Unless you have an AMEX card, which apparently means you're better than the rest of us...you can purchase them now.

Im sure everyone here cant wait and will set an outlook reminder.

kiwibob said:

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It was nice to see a Cub win last night...
WHAT!?! That was the ALL STAR GAME!?!

This is the longest season of baseball ever. Thinking about the second half is like staring into eternity.
It reminds me of a character, Dunbar, in Catch-22 who is so scared of being killed on a bombing mission he spends his entire time hanging out with people he loathes and doing things he hates because it makes the time go slower and makes him feel he lives longer.
By that rational this Cubs season has felt about five years long so far and it's only halfway through...

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