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Chicago Cubs Weekend Headlines: Funeral Arrangements For Ronnie

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Ronnie is honored at the UC last night before the Blackhawks Game. (Photo courtesy Chicago Tribune)

 Let's get through the sad Ronnie news first. Ron's funeral will be held Thursday, December 9, at Holy Name Cathedral. Public visitation begins at 4:00 pm. I plan on making my way down there, and if anyone else is game, maybe we can get a little group together for the visitation.

The memories of Ron Santo continue to pour in, and memorial pages have been set up at the Chicago Tribune, at MLB.com, and on Facebook. Of course, we've got our own "tell a great story about Ron" post going here, so make sure to stop by and listen to some of the hilarious stories (some with audio!).

If you feel the need to do something more concrete to memorialize our beloved Ronnie, consider going to JDRF's donation page and donating $10 for #10. As someone who raised $50 million for JDRF over the course of his life, I have no doubt that, if Ron could make one last request of us, this would be it. As I said yesterday, we here at LOHO are going to donate our "page clicks revenue" for December to JDRF in memory of Ron, so make sure to stop by daily and click, click, click!

 

Turning our attention to baseball news, word had it yesterday that the Cubs were in heated pursuit of the Padre's Adrian Gonzalez. Alas, it looks like we've been bested again:

FOX Sports reports: The Red Sox have agreed in principle on a trade to acquire Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in exchange for prospects, ESPN's Buster Olney reported Saturday morning. The Red Sox have received permission from Major League Baseball to negotiate with Gonzalez on a new contract.

On Friday, FoxSports.com had reported that the Cubs and Red Sox were among the teams pursuing a trade for Gonzalez, according to major league sources.

Well . .  . damn.

In better news, Aaron Harang has signed a one-year deal with the Padres, significantly minimizing the possibility that Jim Hendry will give him 3 years and a full no-trade clause.

Finally, for all those out there who SO TACKILY waved the 'Santo Wasn't a HOFer" flag on the day of his passing, I wanted to point out this fantastic piece by Jayson Stark on why they are so very, very wrong:

2) Ron Santo was almost certainly the greatest all-around third baseman of his time. Name ANY other third baseman from the 1960s you would rather have run out there than Santo. Maybe Brooks Robinson, if you ate a lot of crabcakes. And there's a case to be made for Ken Boyer, a similar player whose Cardinals teams at least finished first once in a while. But I'd still take Santo. Of the 23 third basemen who got to the plate 3,000 times during Santo's 15 seasons, he led all of them in homers, RBIs, runs scored, extra-base hits, walks and times reaching base. Only Dick Allen and Eddie Mathews outslugged him -- but Allen was so awful defensively, he had to be moved to first base, and Mathews was done as a full-time player by the mid-'60s. Finally, let's put Santo's eight straight seasons of at least 25 homers and 90 RBIs in perspective. From the end of World War 2 through the end of Santo's career, only two players at ANY position had streaks longer than that: Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. This was not an age where 40-homer, 125-RBI seasons were as prevalent as bad sitcoms. So the only fair way to evaluate Santo's numbers is from the perspective of HIS time, not our time.

3) Ron Santo was even more underrated defensively than he was offensively. I didn't figure that out right away, either. By the time I became a voter, Mike Schmidt had broken all of Santo's National League glove-story records. And Brooks Robinson, who played in Santo's era, probably needed to add a floor to his house to hold all his Gold Gloves. So if you were someone like me, who hadn't seen Santo leather it up, you had no idea how good he was. But that's why I now make sure to take a closer look at EVERYONE who appears on the Hall of Fame ballot. During the time Santo was in the big leagues, he not only led all third basemen not nicknamed "Brooksie" in assists, double plays and total chances. He set or tied National League records for most years leading the league in every one of those categories. He won five straight Gold Gloves, in an age when the only other third baseman who did that was Robinson. So he didn't just have a GOOD glove. He was the dominant glove man in his league at his position.

 

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secdelahc said:

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So, someone yesterday mentioned Pat and Ron talking about different types of cake. Just wanted to let you know that Kap's Corner has a post of audio clips, and that conversation is on there.

Here's the link: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/david-kaplan-chicago-sports/2010/12/a-tribute-to-ron-santo-audio-edition.html

gravedigger said:

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Thanks so much for posting this. The way he just nonchalantly just says "and they should shoot him" is priceless.

secdelahc said:

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I think I laughed for about 5 minutes straight on the clip of him singing Kumbaya.

Bobcubs08 said:

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I miss him already. Shook his hand once, and he treated me like an old friend even though he didn't know me. I've donated 10 for 10. twice, cuz that's how i think it should be.

kiwibob said:

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I just read the tacky piece you were referring to CJ... I've always known you argue fairly cogently but I particularly like this line... "you know i love you, but you're just wrong"

Doc said:

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Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox.
Lance Berkman to the Cardinals.

Is Jim Hendry even trying now? What the fuck!

kiwibob said:

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Crappiest post season ever...

FrankS said:

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No, the season that the Cubs lost Maddux after his first Cy Young award was the worst post season ever.

Rich Beckman said:

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No, he is not trying. Whatever gave you the expectation that he was going to try?

The plus is that Berkman's skills are diminished and could easily be more so next year and we all have a pretty good idea what the Cardinals can expect from Theriot. I would rather Hendry not try than make moves like those.

Edelweiss said:

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Theriot did a podcast a couple of days ago with Waddle and Silvy. Some of it was hilarious, and some of it told part of a story, of which I was unaware, regarding his arbitration. I am not a Theriot fan, but did learn a few things.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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I was watching the Sports reporters this morning and heard one of the best things said about Ronnie's death. Mike Lupica said, "Ron Santo dead at 70. He is survived by his family and anyone who loved the Cubs." So true!!

BTW, Hendry is sitting on his pillsbury doughboy ass!! He just wants the team to not even compete this year. Terrible off season!

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