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Thursday Headlines: A Christmas Miracle

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Remember the Christmas episode of The Brady Bunch when Carol was supposed to sing at the Christmas church service? She then lost her voice, and Cindy asked Santa to give Carol her voice back for Christmas so she could sing O Come All Ye Faithful. Santa came through, and Carol belted it out, giving everyone the Christmas cheer (this rendition was later reprised in spectacular fashion in the TV movie "A Very Brady Christmas").
In yesterday's headline title, I begged Jim Hendry to do something before Christmas. I'm not sure what I wanted to happen, but something beyond my wildest dreams could be happening. Last night, my twitter feed was full of Kerry Wood to the White Sox and Yankees rumors, until quite late, when John Boehner Dave Kaplan reported something no one expected. A Christmas miracle.
The Cubs, who have a major need for a veteran right handed reliever are moving towards finalizing a deal with free agent Kerry Wood. Wood, who spent the first 10 years of his major league career with the Cubs, spent 2010 with the Indians and Yankees and compiled impressive numbers down the stretch as he helped the Yankees make the playoffs.

If he finalizes his deal with the Cubs, Wood should provide tremendous support to Cubs closer Carlos Marmol and will form a very formidable back end of the bullpen with left-hander Sean Marshall.
What could any of us possibly want more than Kerry Wood under our collective tree? And before you start thinking that Kaplan's just yanking our chain, Ken Rosenthal confirmed it.

Kerry Wood could be going home.

The free-agent right-hander is working toward an agreement with the Chicago Cubs, the team that gave him his professional start, according to a major league source.

The Cubs likely would use Wood as a set-up man for closer Carlos Marmol, enabling them to move right-hander Andrew Cashner to the starting rotation.

Take it away, Carol.



In not-so-happy Christmas news, baseball lost another legend last night, as Bob Feller passed away.

   Indians great and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Feller died at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, the team announced in a news release.

Mr. Feller, 92, had been transferred to a hospice facility last week. He suffered from acute myeloid leukemia, with which he had been diagnosed in August. He was hospitalized in mid-November with pneumonia.


Congratulations to Mr. Feller on a life well-lived, and his service rendered during WWII. He was one of the first MLB players to enlist after Pearl Harbor, and sacrificed 4 of his prime playing years for the good of the country.

Finally today, please check out Tales from Aisle 424, where LOHO pal Tim gives Steve Rosenbloom the business for a particularly horrible job of "sports journalism".

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Doc said:

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I'm not sure what has happened with Rosenbloom, but he's turned into the rest of the bums now. Tim did an excellent job with that post.

JulieDiCaro said:

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That article is terrible. I can't believe it made it past an editor.

Doc said:

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With everything else going on the TribCo, I guess I'm not surprised. Just about any other newspaper would be embarrassed by that story.

Aisle424 said:

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Thanks for the link, Carl, and thanks to anyone who headed over to read it. My only regret in writing it is that it probably drove a small amount of traffic to his piece of shit blog, so his editors will probably tell him to keep up the good work. That guy has been the biggest hack in Chicago sports reporting for over 20 years.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I couldn't manage to properly credit Pat (plamorte), but that's once again his photo shop mastery on display.

Maim said:

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How long do we have to wait to find out if this pans out? I wanna know NOW.

Now, now, now.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I think it's to be announced next week

JulieDiCaro said:

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Dave Kaplan is all "give me credit!" on Twitter. Most insecure Chicago sports reporter EVER.

Doc said:

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Honestly, Kaplan has some reason to be insecure as his overall roll at TribCo has continued to diminish.

That being said, it really is kinda pathetic.

gravedigger said:

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I seriously hate that douche.

gravedigger said:

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I love the phrase "giving him the business." And he sure did. That was a really entertaining post.

JulieDiCaro said:

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(drums fingers, hits 'refresh,' waits for news about Kerry)

HackWilson09 said:

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I am so very happy.

Kerry Wood is one of my favorite baseball players ever, and he is coming back because he loves us, and because we love him.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Merry Chistmas Emporium! Merry Christmas you wonderful old building and loan! Merry Christmas LOHO!

HackWilson09 said:

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Rest in peace, Bob Feller. He is a distant relative (of mine, not Hack's), and I regret never meeting him. A good man, when good men were needed, to encourage integration, players' rights, and fight the nazi menace. His muscle was built by throwing hay bales. Great man.

JulieDiCaro said:

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There was a great tweet last night about Bob Feller's life:

@KeithOlbermann: Context for the late Bob Feller: he faced Gehrig, was a star when Ted Williams broke in, fought WW2 for 4 yrs; saw Stephen Strasburg pitch

berselius said:

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On a somewhat related note, Pudge Rodriguez has caught both Nolan Ryan and Stephen Strasburg. (He was the catcher in the Robin Ventura game).

gravedigger said:

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Also, Bob Feller's last words were, "You've got to end this war in Afghanistan!"

Doc said:

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Those will be my last words when I die 40 years from now.

gravedigger said:

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apparently nobody here has heard of richard holbrooke.

JulieDiCaro said:

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yes mark, despite the fact that I worked at the UN, you're the only one here who has heard of Richard Holbrooke.

:P

gravedigger said:

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I'm just saying, the reference fell flat.

gravedigger said:

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Carl, you forgot to mention that Bob Feller's death has all but secured the deadpool victory for me this year.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I'm horrible at predicting death.

gravedigger said:

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if the lockerbie bomber would (finally) kick the bucket, i'd really be home free

summerguy said:

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Actually... Kaplan should give ME credit, I broke this story after the Santo funeral. I said and posted on here, while drinking, that I bet Wood will resign with the Cubs now for a 1 or 2 year deal for a discount to boost his value.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Kerry Wood's deal reportedly done pending a physical. Unfortunately, with Kerry, that could be a real issue.

More details to come.

JulieDiCaro said:

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1-year 1.5 million

That's a hell of a bargain.

gravedigger said:

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Holy...

Are you serious?

sloan peterson said:

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That 's a really good deal if Kerry's arm can hold up...

Aisle424 said:

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It's a good deal even if it doesn't.

keywestcubfan said:

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His arm WILL hold up, his arm WILL hold up, his arm WILL hold up......

HackWilson09 said:

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Jim Hendry is an asshole. How could he lowball Kerry to such an extreme. What an asshole.

Kerry is the best. The cheers coming for him when he return will be deafening. And so will the cheers when he closes out the final game of the World Series for us, some day before he retires.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I can't WAIT for his Wrigley debut.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I don't know if it's technically considered low-balling if you don't have any more money because you gave it all to a .196 hitter.

HackWilson09 said:

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I would pay him $1.5 mil just to wear the uniform.

Doc said:

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Hell...I'd pay him $1.5 million to take over for Ron Santo in the booth.

gravedigger said:

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I'd pay him 1.5mil to take it off

gravedigger said:

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(not really)

Doc said:

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I have to wonder if Kerry Wood just went up to Jim Hendry with a blank contract and told him to put a number on it.

It seems apparent that Wood had no intention with signing with anyone else if the Cubs were even remotely interested. He never wanted to leave and I get the feeling he would have stayed 2 years ago if the Cubs only offered him $1.5 million.

I was fully expecting Wood to sign with the Yankees with a 2 year-$8 million contract. The Yankees could use him as insurance as Mariano Rivera's age hand health have started to become a concern.

gravedigger said:

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that would be the greatest story ever. could you imagine if someone actually did that???

Doc said:

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In other news...

The Yankees did NOT sign any ex-Cubs today.

JulieDiCaro said:

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is that true? that can't be true.

i wonder if mark prior is all ticked off that kerry didn't sign with the Yankees?

Doc said:

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I got all excited when I saw a story title that indicated that the Yankees were looking to try to acquire Soriano.

I thought maybe, just maybe...well...

It was Rafael Soriano. Boo!!!!!

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