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Chicago Cubs Wednesday Headlines: Thanks for the Memory, Ted




Is there a more fitting goodbye to Ted Lilly than for him to pitch a scoreless game, see the offense go scoreless, then watch the bullpen blow it? I think not. But thanks for the memory, Ted.

Once again, the veteran lefty was the victim of extreme nonsupport as the Cubs fell 6-1 to the Houston Astros and their starting pitcher, Brett Myers, who tossed a complete-game 4-hitter.

Lilly did his part and was not charged with the loss, if that's any consolation.

The loss went to rookie reliever Andrew Cashner (1-4), who got roughed up for 6 runs in the seventh inning. The scoring ran the gamut that inning, with the Astros getting a run on Angel Sanchez's squeeze bunt and 4 more on a grand slam by Lance Berkman.


Lou Piniella lavished words of praise on Ted as he prepares to say goodbye.

"He's been a model of consistency," Piniella told reporters before the game. "He gives you a very reasonable chance of winning a baseball game when he goes out there. He gives you innings and he had a nice winning record here. It was a real nice sign."


Paul Sullivan examines who we might see if Lilly is in fact traded.

If Lilly is traded, the Cubs most likely would reach down to the minors for his immediate replacement rather than try to convert Cashner or Marshall or give Carlos Zambrano the spot before he logs time in the bullpen.

Thomas Diamond, a former first-round pick of the Rangers, will get strong consideration. The Cubs want to evaluate the 27-year-old Diamond after a season in which he has compiled a 3.28 ERA in 20 starts for Triple-A Iowa.

Jeff Samardzija, who has pitched well since shifting into the Iowa rotation (3-0, 1.05 ERA in seven starts), may be the most likely choice. Prospects Casey Coleman and Jay Jackson are also on the radar.

In further rotation news, we'll be seeing a juggling for the weekend series against the Rockies.


Piniella is using the day off Thursday to juggle his rotation. Ryan Dempster and Tom Gorzelanny were switched; they'll start Friday and Saturday, respectively, against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. That assures Dempster will face the Milwaukee Brewers next week. Dempster is 13-3 with a 2.81 ERA in his career against the Brewers.

The Rockies plan to start lefty Jeff Francis, righty Jason Hammel and lefty Jorge de la Rosa. The Cubs lead the National League with a .282 average against lefties.




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secdelahc said:

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So, I need to rant a little bit. Some f*cker got ahold of my debit card number and decided to buy $900 worth of cigars in Quebec over the weekend. Now, it's going to take 7-10 days until I can get the $$ back and get a new debit card. In the meantime, I have no idea how I'm going to get to my friend's wedding this weekend, as rental car places don't take cash and I canceled all my credit cards. GRRRRRRR!!!!

sloan peterson said:

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Can you buy a pre-paid card? They sell them in the supermarkets,CVS, etc. You can buy one pre-loaded with a certain amount, or specify the amount at the cash register. You can get either VISAor Mastercard. My brother had his high-school choir do that for their field trip-safer than carrying a credit card...The main name I can think of is Green Dot.

secdelahc said:

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I thought of that, actually. Unfortunately, none of the rental places will accept a card without your name on it, and they don't accept pre-paid cards at all. It's something having to do with charging for damages. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

flyball said:

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that totally sucks

can you have one of you card companies overnight you a new card with a new number?

secdelahc said:

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See, and this is where I'm pissed off. While I can get my local branch to send me an ATM only card to my address here in Phoenix immediately, it apparently takes 7-10 days to get a debit card, since the banks don't do them in-house anymore. I'm not sure why it takes 7 days to imprint a name on a plastic card and tie it through the system, but apparently they've got workers in Timbuktu stamping them out by hand or something.

gravedigger said:

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And you don't even get the cigars!

In all seriousness, boooo. That sucks hardcore.

secdelahc said:

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That would at least be a little consolation...

plamorte said:

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Lilly leaves and we get back Spellcheck? That is beyond f'n cruel.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hot rumor this morning is Theriot to the Rockies.

plamorte said:

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I think only Theriot is allowed to use the word "hot" in a sentence about himself.

gravedigger said:

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Seriously, let's not do that again.

Karen said:

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GD...I thought the same thing.

flyball said:

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I love trade rumor time!

Edelweiss said:

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Wishful thinking.

plamorte said:

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Imagine Theriot in Coors Field...his yearly HR output could spike from 1 to perhaps 2-3.

Doc said:

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hopefully that will be enough for someone to want to trade for him.

Doc said:

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oops...I need to read all the comments before posting I guess...I'm an idiot.

JulieDiCaro said:

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So I'm having lunch at Wrigley with a mystery man today. If the details are interesting enough, I'll post about them later.

Doc said:

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If it's Tom Ricketts, tell him that Fredi Gonzalez should be the next Cubs manager.

flyball said:

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I'm going to say it, I think the Cubs don't trade Lilly

Edelweiss said:

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They traded Kerry Wood.

Aisle424 said:

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Of course Carl beat me to posting Bob Hope's "Thanks for the Memory" in a post about Ted Lilly. Well done, sir.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Of course, now he won't be traded and I'll look like a boob.

gravedigger said:

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Kinda don't care. Hope they get something good. I mean I like him and he pitched well, but it is just hard to care about this team any more.

flyball said:

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its a day game today! yay for something to listen to

gravedigger said:

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oh my god somebody make a freakin trade already!

baturkey said:

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People on Twitter (FWIW) are saying that Lee will not waive his no trade clause.

flyball said:

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are these real people or Borg people?

baturkey said:

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Hopefully real people, since I'm repeating the rumor.

flyball said:

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a rumor that doesn't get repeated isn't really a rumor now is it

gravedigger said:

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I think from now on I'm just going to pretend Twitter doesn't exist. That's how useful it is to me.

flyball said:

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looky! already an exciting game

gravedigger said:

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Blago's case is with the jury. Can't wait for this.

flyball said:

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I think the camera used for the Astros player photos was tilted when they took the pictures

Cubs Psychologist said:

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On ESPN.COM/CHICAGO, D-Lee has just blocked a trade to the Angels. Folks, he's not going anywhere!!

gravedigger said:

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son of a fucking bitch

flyball said:

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I'm glad he wants to stay, but the non-emotional part of me is itching to start the fire sale

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Same here. GraveDigger, you ok?

gravedigger said:

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Other than the aneurysm, yeah

Edelweiss said:

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Would your heart hold up if Theriot actually WERE traded? Julie would have a nervous breakdown.

flyball said:

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also, how did I not know that the Angles first baseman broke his leg after hitting a home run and celebrating?

Cubs Psychologist said:

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That was all over ESPN. Sad, but pretty funny because it wasn't the Cubs.

sloan peterson said:

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You forgot Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ....

Doc said:

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Derrek Lee likes losing. Besides, he doesn't want to risk choking during the playoffs again.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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He didn't have a problem in '03. I think he is buying into the "I want to here when the Cubs win the World Series" bit. He's one of my favorites, but I WANT TO SEE SOME TRADES!! Doc, have you guys moved yet?

flyball said:

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plus he's on the Cubs calendar for August, would kinda suck to not be on the team anymore

Doc said:

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unfortunately, we are half moved...

The old house has been moved out of and sold. But we are still in a holding pattern on the new house. All of our belongings are in storage right now and we are living at my *gulp* in-laws. We currently believe that we will be able to close on the new house tomorrow...but history tells me that it probably won't be until next week. The good news is, at this point, it is just a matter of time...it is when, not if.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Stay strong, Doc. You'll be in the new house before you know it.

Doc said:

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We are hanging in there. The dogs are having the hardest time with this right now.

flyball said:

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its 1-0, which is fun and all, but the Cubs should really have a lot more runs

Doc said:

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Carlos Lee decided to make it considerably less fun.

flyball said:

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yeah

this day is not going very well

JulieDiCaro said:

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Sorry, guys. I didn't get the memo about it being a day game. :(

Cubs Psychologist said:

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And, the mystery man is...

Doc said:

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I'm guessing it was one of the beer vendors from the upper deck.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hey! He has a NAME, you know.

Doc said:

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Ok...and that name is? :)

Edelweiss said:

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It is a pretty safe bet it isn't Paul Sullivan. The statuesque Julie doedn't like to be seen with short guys.

flyball said:

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according to Pat the Cubs are 3 under against the Astros, and 6 under against the Pirates

seriously?!

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Looks like Anahiem went after the wrong Lee.

baturkey said:

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Who the heck is this Schlitter guy?

Cubs Psychologist said:

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The name says it all.

Doc said:

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Derrek Lee hurts the Cubs by invoking his no-trade clause...
Carlos Lee hurts the Cubs by existing.
It's a good thing Cliff Lee won't be playing against the Cubs any time soon.

Lees just kill this team.

secdelahc said:

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Amen to that.

flyball said:

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sigh, I had such high hopes for this afternoon

sloan peterson said:

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Re- D. Lee: Big fish, small pond. He wants to be the big guy, rather than having to actually perfom. Does he own any Chicagoland businesses-you know car lots, chicken wing franchises,restaurants,car washes?

sloan peterson said:

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The reason I'm asking is if he is invoking his 5-10 rights, and does not even want to go to a winning team,does he have businesses that would be hurt if he wasn't a cub? Also Lee stated he wanted to keep his options open to coming back to the Cubs-does he really think he will get a BIGGER contract with the cubs after this?

FrankS said:

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I don't believe Derrek has any major businesses in Chicago. Even if he did, I don't think they'd be hurt by him accepting a trade to another team for the last two months of the season.

I'm sure that Lee realizes that his next contract will pay him less than he is earning now. I'm also sure he understands that he could have accepted a trade and then signed a new contract with the Cubs after the season IF the Cubs wanted him back. But most of us are pretty sure that DLee is not in the Cubs' plans for 2011 and beyond so he is just delaying his departure from the the team by a few months and giving up a chance to get some World Series shares this year.

At this point, I'd like to see the Cubs DFA him and see what his reaction would be.

Edelweiss said:

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One of the reasons for Lee not wanting to leave is that Piniella is still here. One of Lee's team-mates has the same agent as Lee, and is being bullied by Lou. Lou is not quite as nasty when Lee is around. If Lou would step down now, I'll bet Lee would agree to go to L.A.

canopygrl said:

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I think him being the team "captain" has a lot do to with it. Lot of team building/leadership issues. He is more than just a 1st baseman to the Cubs and it will adversely affect the team if he leaves now.

My 2 cents, but I'm military brainwashed and most of you know that already!

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