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Thursday Headlines: Mesa Chooses the Cubs

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: Florida Democratic Senatorial candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) casts a shadow on an American flag as he speaks during a campaign rally at the Tampa Letter Carriers Hall on September 30, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. Meek is facing off against Republican candidate Marco Rubio and Independent candidate Florida Governor Charlie Crist. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


I know that all of us cared deeply about the Cubs staying in Mesa for spring training. The voters of Mesa felt the same way, and approved the funding initiative that will help pay for a new Cubs spring training complex.
Voters in Mesa have approved funding for construction of a new spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs.

With nearly all the ballots counted Tuesday night, the proposal was leading by 21,000 votes out of 86,000 cast.

The city will provide up to $99 million to construct the complex two miles southwest of the Cubs' current facility at Hohokam Park. Any additional funds and upkeep of the new park will be financed by the Cubs, who plan to develop a shopping and entertainment area near the ballpark.

Just as the funding for a new facility falls into place, the organization turns their focus towards spring training. Two topics of conversation will be pitchers Chris Carpenter and Andrew Cashner.

One of the players the Cubs will discuss at the org meetings is pitcher Chris Carpenter, who, according to reports, has tickled 100 mph on the radar gun as a reliever in the Arizona Fall League. Carpenter spent most of this year at Class AA Tennessee as a starter, getting a brief call-up to Class AAA Iowa. He could be on an Andrew Cashner type of early career path. Speaking of Cashner, the Cubs figure to debate his future aplenty at the org meetings as to whether he should remain in the pen or go to camp as a starting pitcher. As I pointed out in the notes, that could determine whether the Cubs take a look at a free-agent pitcher such as Kerry Wood for the pen.


The Cubs are now asking fans if they'd like to see a Jumbotron in or around Wrigley. One player thinks it's a great idea.

"You like to see whether the call was right or wrong, or if it was just a sweet play to watch again," pitcher Jeff Samardzija said. "You can kind of look back and see the little TVs up on the balcony. I think it'd be nice.

 

"I'd say get rid of the Horseshoe Casino (rooftop) sign and put one up on that building. That way it's not even in the field. Or maybe put two up by the lights on top of the awning. Nothing gaudy like Yankee Stadium, where the JumboTron is as big as the whole stadium. You can keep the history and the aura of Wrigley ... but it is 2010."


Should you like to take place in this survey, you can do so by clicking here. If you think a Jumbotron in Wrigley is unfortunate, consider the offseason of Brett Jackson, who's now out with an infection.

Brett Jackson, the Cubs' No. 1 pick in 2009 who was playing in the Arizona Fall League, is done for the year after being hospitalized with a bacterial infection in his right shin. Jackson, 22, had joined the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League in late October after participating in the Pan-Am Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico. He was limited to three games for Team USA because of a minor ankle injury. The outfielder appeared in four games with the Solar Sox and had one double and five RBIs. His last game was Friday when he was pulled after two at-bats.

Cubs player development director Oneri Fleita said Tuesday that Jackson had to be hospitalized in Mesa, Ariz., because of cellulitis with an abscess in his shin, which is similar to a staph infection.

Get well soon, Brett.

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Teebob2000 said:

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And a special shout-out to CJ and all the IL Greenies, because the votes "lost" to the Green Party (which would have most likely gone overwhelmingly Dem is history is any indicator) are basically the margin of victory for Kirk. Well done.

Sorry, but still smarting from 2000. Tossers.

JulieDiCaro said:

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A) I never said I voted Green across the board.I'm not so uncalculating as you might think. B) Next time maybe the Dems will put up a candidate who didn't make loans to mobsters.

Teebob2000 said:

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Hey, mobsters are people, too.

Well, there's always that hope, yes..

JulieDiCaro said:

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when they ask you on "Meet The Press" if you knew you were lending to mobsters, and you say "I didn't know the extent of it," things are not going to go well for you.

Teebob2000 said:

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He was probably being somewhat honest... that's gotta count for something??

JulieDiCaro said:

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look--i voted for him. i just didn't like him. and i'm not all that broken up about him losing. i AM broken up about losing the seat.

Teebob2000 said:

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And Jeff Smuczhzheck should STFU and find another team to "pitch" for. That way, he doesn't have to worry about a fucking Jumbotron.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I can't believe the media is seriously asking his opinion on things.

kiwibob said:

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In other news... I now know a dwarf. Specifically Oin, son of Groin. I will bring further Hobbit-related updates if and when news, or sobriety, permits.

Teebob2000 said:

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It's "little person" you size-ist, flight-impaired bird.

PsyMar1 said:

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It's dwarf if they have a sufficiently long beard; "vertically challenged" for a human of similar dimensions.

kiwibob said:

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He's definitely a dwarf... he's going to have an axe and everything. He told me he has about 3 lines...

JulieDiCaro said:

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did you see him after you got into the absinthe again?

kiwibob said:

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Close enough... I was drinking Ricard when I found out. He's an actor/director I worked with last year and he just got a part in The Hobbit which starts shooting soon.
He has a fairly magnificent beard and flowing white hair (he's in his sixties) but he told me yesterday that they shaved his head and face. So even the beards are fake... no wonder this movie is going to end up being one of the most expensive ever

JulieDiCaro said:

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Brett Jackson and his injuries are going to fit right in. I had a tiny heart-attack when I saw "Cubs" and "Chris Carpenter," and Jeff Samardjiza needs to stop talking.

HackWilson09 said:

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Hendry and his people have a way of talking big about the "stuff" and athleticism of certain prospects. About 90% of the time, their assessments don't match the numbers. Carpenter has not impressed if you actually look at stats. In short...

Chris Carpenter Jr. = Kyle Farnsworth

Josh Vitters = David Kelton

I just puked in my mouth.

JulieDiCaro said:

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um . . . ew.

Doc said:

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I love how the mainstream press is just now picking up on a story that I reported on last week (the Wrigley survey, which includes the video board question).

Slackers.

ChiTownHustler said:

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Damn, is it Thursday already? I knew I shouldn't have pounded down a half bottle of Nyquil watching those Tuesday night election returns.

Doc said:

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You know...that just passed right over me...because for me, I'm taking Fridays off of work for the rest of the year, so today is technically Thursday for me.

ChiTownHustler said:

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I'm all screwed up now. I'm just glad I found this post listed under chicagonow's baseball index. Check out the golf index:
- The end of Northwestern's library - The Daily Northwestern
- Expressive works reveal liberated artist - Lincolnwood Review
- Osmond gets nod in 61st District - Lake Villa Review

JulieDiCaro said:

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Tickets for Cubs Con go on sale today, but you don't need one to RSVP for the Cubs Fan Mid-Winter Tweetup on January 14! Hope to see many, MANY LOHO readers there! http://twtvite.com/fd6bjk/1

PsyMar1 said:

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Just filled out the Cubs survey. In the "open comments" section, I mentioned that the Jumbotron is the worst sports invention since the College of Coaches.

Doc said:

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But it's a great revenue generator.

Teebob2000 said:

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...not only that, but how do baseball crowds otherwise know when to make noise unless the Jumbotron flashes, "MAKE NOISE?"

flyball said:

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it also explains to Yankees fans how to do YMCA

Teebob2000 said:

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HA!!! Good one. I'm lol'ing.

summerguy said:

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Stupid people should think before they speak. They don't even show bad calls on the jumbotron in baseball anyway.

Doc said:

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Yep...just rally monkeys.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Or, Steve Perry if you are in San Francisco.

JulieDiCaro said:

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John Boehner must have watched all the coverage of his skin tone last night--he's much less orange today.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Here's something super weird:

"The New York Post reports: Bulls guard Derrick Rose failed to show up Tuesday to film a scheduled cameo appearance for CBS's "The Good Wife" in New York.

Sources said Rose refused to come out of his house in Chicago when the TV show's crew sent a car to pick him up Tuesday morning for a trip to the airport."

AndCounting said:

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I bet he's got a really big zit. Right there on the tip of his nose. Ugh, that always happens when you're about to guest star on a TV show.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I get that he's really, REALLY shy, but refusing to come out of your house is where "shy" meets "recluse."

AndCounting said:

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Oh, also, he's a werewolf.

JulieDiCaro said:

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oh, okay.

that makes much more sense.

PsyMar1 said:

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Wait, so "Teen Wolf" was based on a true story?

Doc said:

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For as much as the season ticket holders spend on the tickets, I think they should get free passes to CubbieCon every year.

ELRaythar said:

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That initiative was about the only thing AZ voters got right last night. Oy. How is living in Chicago? Maybe I can move there.

flyball said:

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I disagree, but I'm against public funding for sports stadiums on principle

gravedigger said:

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I have a hangover from last night's election-related binge drinking. The last thing I want to see is anything involving jeff smardzijilya

ELRaythar said:

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Did you have to take a shot every time the Republicans won a seat?

gravedigger said:

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nothing like that, i was just on cruise control from the time the first polls closed and it was a downhill ride

gravedigger said:

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Hilarious update on the Mike Remlinger selling Sammy's corked bat story. Turns out after bids failed to meet Remlinger's minimum reserve price, he sold it to the owner of Harrys.

Sammy said: "If he needed the money, [Remlinger] should have just asked me for some money," Sosa said Tuesday through his spokeswoman.

Remlinger said that what's done is done, but "If he still wants to give me some money that would be fine."

baturkey said:

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Does anyone know if Macomb, IL is Cubs or Cardinals territory?

HackWilson09 said:

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I think that's Cards turf. But as I look across the country from Colorado, it now appears that your entire state has become red.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Per Jim Hendy, Ryne Sandberg has left the Cubs organization.

plamorte said:

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sad. I was feeling strong before I read that and was going to post a pic of my muscles but now I wont.

sloan peterson said:

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Post the picture anyhow....

HackWilson09 said:

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Aramis Ramirez picks up his option.

It looks like Josh Vitters will have another year to prove he's not good enough to make the bigs.

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