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Sunday Headlines & Game Thread: Farewell 2010 Cubs

Last night in Houston Carlos Zambrano continued his magical winning ways in an 8-3 Cubs victory. Bobby Scales committed an error and a misplay, trying to send Big Z into a tailspin, but it didn't work.

When manager Mike Quade came out to get Zambrano, it was a tense handoff of baseball from pitcher to manager.

"I didn't see that," said Quade, who is 24-12 as Cubs manager and who has lifted the team into a fourth-place tie with Houston. "I would like him not to (react poorly), but all I saw was a guy that was irritated, and when he handed me the ball, he was mad, and I'm OK with that. I didn't see anything that happened after that.

"I wish after the mistake he would have been able to get some people out. He didn't, so the bullpen picked us up. You know when you're going to go get the ball from him in a situation like that, he's not going to be happy to come out, and he's not going to be happy about what's taken place."

Let's hear from Big Z on his last start of the year:

"I was a little upset because I knew that if I threw to two more hitters and got two more outs, I wound end up with 130 innings," he said. "I was a little tired already. He took me out of the game. The most important thing was we won the game, and that's what counts.

"I came back strong off of the suspension and did what I had to do to come back and be ready and finish the season strong the way I did. It was pretty nice."

And Big Z had some final words, these aimed at Jim Hendry. No word on whether or not Julie and Carlos are in cahoots on this.

"I think we need another good hitter to protect (Ramirez) and Marlon," he said. "I think you know which one I'm talking about. I want (Dunn) here. I want that guy. He wants to play for us, not only this year, but two years ago, he told me he wants to play at Wrigley Field. When you see a guy who wants to play for an organization and he wants to give everything he's got for that organization, that says a lot."

Reporters got to talk with Tyler Colvin on a conference call, who is apparently convalescing in West Virignia. I think that's probably the last place I'd want to be while recovering from a collapsed lung.

"I feel good," he said. "I seem to get better each and every day. Right now, I feel great.

"Breathing is fine now. Once they took that tube out, the breathing got a lot better. Now it doesn't bug me to do anything, breathing wise. ... Right now it's fine, but early on it was kind of tough. I was afraid to sneeze."

Is Tylermania! ready to pose for our anti-maple bats campaign posters?

"I can't say much about it because I use maple bats," Colvin said. "I think Major league Baseball is doing a good job of reducing the number of broken bats, and I think they'll keep working on it and getting it better."

Today's season finale is a battle for fourth place in the NL Central. Ryan Dempster (15-11, 3.83) takes the mound for the Cubs against Nelson Figueroa (4-3, 3.54). Game time is 1:05 Central, and whoever schedules TV hates Cubs fans, as it's on CSN. Of course, you can always listen to Pat and Ron on WGN radio.



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J Pep said:


Thanks Carl for a woderful job this year.

JulieDiCaro said:


what about me for picking carl?

jtbwriter said:


Good morning from much cooler So Cal..

I give you all the credit, Julie! Carl is good, but there's always a strong woman behind every man! Through good and bad (and worse!), you have kept the faith of every Cub fan!

sloan peterson said:

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You are the wind beneath his wings...

J Pep said:


goes without saying

ELRaythar said:


Curse you WGN! White Sox vs. Indians? Bleh. Oh Well.

It's nice to end the season on a (relatively) high note, and hopefully the Cubs can build on this for next year. Team, go for the sweep!

JulieDiCaro said:


Now comes the time of year when Carl and I have to kill ourselves trying to find things to post about until baseball starts again.


JulieDiCaro said:


This game is so depressing.

JulieDiCaro said:


It's over.

On to next year.

sloan peterson said:

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1. What was the final score?
2. When does the voting start for LOHO nation's proxy team?
3. After the post-season, will this convert to a football thread?

MillsChC said:


Congrats to D-Lee & Fontenot for navigating their way into the postseason.

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