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So Long, Derrek: Colin Says Farewell To His Hero

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What does it feel like to be 7 years old and have your hero traded away? Kind of like this:

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Colin in happier times.

Tonight I am very sad because my mom told me that Derrek Lee got traded from the Cubs. Derrek Lee has been my favorite player since I was born. I don't know why the Cubs traded Derrek Lee, but I think they shouldn't have done that. I feel sad and like I want to cry because Derrek Lee doesn't play for the Cubs anymore. Even my ice cream didn't make me feel better. I am going to the Cubs game on Friday and I hope that I will get to see Derrek Lee and he will give me his autograph. I have tried to get Derrek Lee's autograph every year on my birthday. I hope that this year he will give it to me because I will probably never see him again.

--Colin, Age 7

P.S. Friday is my birthday.

I think Colin has done a smashing job of summing up the feelings of 95% of Cubs fans out there. After checking my Twitter feed, I was worried that we were going to have to check some people into a rest home for their own safety yesterday. And Cubs fans aren't the only ones having a hard time saying goodbye.

If you missed it, check out his farewell presser here:

 

 

So what about these prospects we got in return? Crazy Uncle Phil has the scoop:

The best is probably 19-year-old right-hander Robinson Lopez, who announced his presence in 2009, pitching well at a rookie-league level shortly after earning his visa to leave the Dominican Republic. But 23-year-old Tyrelle Harris might not be far behind. He has worked at three different levels this season, most recently holding hitters to a .140 batting average in 12 1/3 innings in the Double-A Southern League.

When talk of a Lee trade surfaced early Wednesday, few experts thought the Cubs were getting significant talent for him. But that changed when the Cubs agreed to pay most of
Lee's salary the remainder of the season, exploiting Atlanta's lack of financial flexibility and need to sit the slumping Troy Glaus with Chipper Jones out for the rest of the year.

There's more, but after that, Uncle Phil devolves into rambling about Kraft and noodle art and to tell you the truth, I really couldn't follow it. Maybe you'll have better luck.

So hey, we may not have DLee, but we have all kinds of crazy Cubs records!

(T)he Cubs played a game, using 10 rookies, including a club-record six rookie pitchers as they fell 5-1 to the San Diego Padres.

After the game, the Cubs announced they had traded first baseman Derrek Lee to the Atlanta Braves for three pitching prospects.

That continued a sell-off of players that has included Lee, pitcher Ted Lilly and middle infielders Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot.

At least manager Lou Piniella maintained a sense of humor when it was pointed out to him all the rookies he used, including starting pitcher Casey Coleman, who took the loss.

"That's what we have," Piniella said with a laugh. "We used what we had - How about that? If I had known that, I would have found one more (rookie) and we would have put him in there."

Uh. . . okay. Anyone else feel like Lou is really starting to lose it? You can't really blame him. Coaching this team would have sent a lesser man to the "countryside" a long time ago.

Speaking of Lou losing it and us losing Lou, there's a chance there may be another rooftop game on Sunday, September 26. $70 gets you on the roof PLUS all you can eat/drink. If you're interested. Pipe up.

Oh and hey, if three pocasts aren't enough Julie in your life, I'll be on WGN radio this Saturday morning at 10:30 am to try my hand at explaining where this team went so wrong this season. As usual, I'm sure I'll say something that sounds great in my head but, in reality, completely offends some dead Hall-Of-Famers family and enrages the masses.

It's a way of life.

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Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Color me interested in a possible rooftop outing part deux.

jmkobus said:

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I will go on that list of interested in a rooftop game.

baturkey said:

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If the Cubs are going to be terrible, then they might as well be terrible with a lower payroll.

Edelweiss said:

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That is exactly the idea of getting rid of any player who is arbitration-eligible or a free agent. The Cubs are not getting rid of players due to individual performance. I hate to say it, but Dempster may go in the off-season, as well as Ramirez, if not sooner. Maybe Byrd, too. Soriano, Fukudome, and Zambrano would have already been gone if someone would take their contracts.

gravedigger said:

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So, there's a SLIGHT possibility I'll be in Sept that date.

Unless I take this other job, which I'm extremely tempted to do...

JulieDiCaro said:

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your butt will be at that game.

gravedigger said:

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Not if I'm starting a brand new job...

Teebob2000 said:

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Colin - welcome to real life. Enjoy the ride.

thisyearcub said:

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Might as well just cheer for the Red Sox, kid.

flyball said:

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not this year, the masses have even turned on Ellsbury, which of course means that he'll be on another team next year (Red Sox PR at its finest)

Doc said:

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I'm I the only person in the world that is overjoyed to see Derrek Lee gone?

sloan peterson said:

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I'm also part of the 5% meanie brigade...

Doc said:

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I don't dislike Derrek Lee, I just felt it was better for both parties to part here.

baturkey said:

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Agreed.

flyball said:

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I'm glad that Lee is leaving on decent terms with the fans though, it bothers me when a team starts with the negative campaign to make it so when they trade a well liked player the fans have turned on them

even after Lee turned down the last trade there wasn't too much public backlash from the team

secdelahc said:

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Definitely. It didn't seem like there was any animosity. Hopefully, he'll get a good ovation when he comes back tomorrow.

flyball said:

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I'll sheer for him this weekend

flyball said:

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darn it - cheer, I'll cheer for him this weekend

Doc said:

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I'll do the same on sunday...

He had better get one of the biggest ovations of the year when he has his first at-bat tomorrow.

gravedigger said:

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I'll sheer for him. Its kind of my thing.

gravedigger said:

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What? Only person? I posted that like 5 times yesterday.

Doc said:

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you don't count

flyball said:

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No Taxation without Representation!

gravedigger said:

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Yeah. I live in DC, where we don't even get to vote for President.

Wait, I don't think that's quite right...

Edelweiss said:

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There ......There.....

Edelweiss said:

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At this point, if you like a player, you are glad to see him get off the sinking ship.

Doc said:

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That's a very very good point.

gravedigger said:

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Edelweiss, this is about the first sensible thing you've said since...

Well.

:)

secdelahc said:

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I'd go to the rooftop game.

Sadly for Colin, he's too young yet to drown his Cubs sorrows in alcohol. It's the only thing that numbs the pain.

Doc said:

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ether works to numb the pain too. Colin can use that.

gravedigger said:

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Youre forgetting who Colin's mother is.

secdelahc said:

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She might make a witchly brew for him.

Doc said:

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Ugh...you need to stop doing roof top meetups on days that I have to work a race. BOO!

Doc said:

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Looks like we'll have to wait before Hufflepuff returns to Wrigley...

Sam Fuld is being recalled because the Cubs must wait 10 days after sending a player down before they can recall that player. Hufflepuff was demoted last weekend.

flyball said:

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Sam Fuld!

Max Power said:

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Colin is presently doing better -- I guess this would be "acceptance" on the Kubler-Ross scale. Maybe it's denial....

Doc said:

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How did the bargaining stage go?

Max Power said:

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Not bad -- he got to pick what to eat for lunch.

AndCounting said:

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My soon-to-be seven year old took the news a bit better, but he was still sad. I told him the Braves needed him because they lost their third baseman, Chipper Jones.

Addison: So the Cubs get Chipper Jones?

Me: No. He hurt his leg. He might not play again.

Addison: Oh. So who did the Cubs get?

Me: Some really young pitchers. They play in the minor leagues, but they might be good enough to play for the Cubs one day.

Addison: So's gonna play first for the Cubs?

Me: Uh . . .

The Dugs said:

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If any Cubs fan doesn't cheer him when he comes to the plate this weekend, I will find them and hurt them. Good luck Lee, sorry the Cubs don't know how to win.

Doc said:

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well...unfortunately, there will still be about 3 or 4 thousand people in the stands tomorrow (of the 15k that go to the game) that will have no clue of a) what is going on and b) who Derrek Lee is.

Either way, you should still hurt them all.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I'm at tomorrow's game. Anyone else?

Max Power said:

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Me. Our kids. A bunch of drunk people unaware of who the Cubs are playing.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Braves 1st baseman Derrek Lee.

heee.

thisyearcub said:

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You forgot to credit @thekapman. He told you that you guys were going to be at the game first!!

Dmband said:

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Please tell Colin that oddly, I wrote the same exact entry in my diary when they traded Mark DeRosa. and Im 28.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I just think it's hilarious that Colin, who is completely Type-A and goes over the edge when things don't go his way, has to watch his favorite player play for the other team on his birtheday. It's karma for everything he's put us through.

Also, he's requested that I use a photo of him where his hair is not "so puffy." No dice.

gravedigger said:

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You really are the Mother of the Year.

I'm being totally serious.

FrankS said:

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Hey, at least she didn't show a photo of him where the barber botched his haircut (nearly scalped the kid as I recall) like Yellon did to his son, Mark.

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