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Chicago Blackhawks Brian Campbell, Dustin Byfuglien and Dave Bolland wave to fans during the ticker tape parade as the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate during a victory parade and rally in Chicago on June 11, 2010. The Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday to win the NHL's Stanley Cup, their first championship in 49 years.   UPI/Stephen J. Carrera.. Photo via Newscom
LOHO and the Blackhawks welcome our newest family member
Earlier this week, Julie touted the coming of a new family member. Today, we unveil Pete Gaines. Pete has written for Deadspin and SportsbyBrooks. I've been assured by Julie that he's at least 50% (but no more than 75%) as funny as me, so we should be in good hands. Should you be so inclined, you can follow Pete on twitter, @petegaines. I promised Julie we wouldn't pull that prank where no one comments on his first thread, so please make sure and give Pete a warm LOHO welcome. 

In our only news today, Carrie Muskat suspects something might be in the works for tomorrow, based on Jim Hendry's recent past in New Year's Eve transactions.

Will the Cubs be quiet on New Year's Eve? Or will it be like last year when they signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a three-year deal on Dec. 31, 2009? Remember New Year's Eve 2008? On that date, the Cubs signed infielder Aaron Miles and traded Mark DeRosa to the Indians for Chris Archer, John Gaub and Jeff Stevens.

Maybe they'll trade those three for Mark DeRosa and trade Castro for Theriot, and we can party like it's 2008. After setting us up for big New Year's Eve excitement, Carrie then tells us not to expect anything to happen.

Heading into 2011, the Cubs' only major piece of unfinished business is to sign arbitration eligible players Carlos Marmol, Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall, Geovany Soto, and Koyie Hill. Jeff Baker also was arb eligible but he signed on Dec. 2 for $1.18 million. The arbitration filing period is Jan. 5-15, and figures are Jan. 18 if a resolution is not reached. Hearings take place in February.

I'd argue that not having a good team is the Cubs' only major piece of unfinished business, but what do I know?

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Doc said:

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Damn...Pete Gaines. Isn't he a little out of our league?

Welcome Pete.

jarowcliffe said:

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second that

JulieDiCaro said:

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Out of your league? Yes.

Out of mine and Carl's league? No.

Doc said:

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Well, I placed that right up on a tee for you.

JulieDiCaro said:

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sure did.

Doc said:

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To Pat: hey,I'm getting a little sick to Tom Petty. can we have something else put up there? You know...like Dennis DeYoung or Tommy Shaw or something?

plamorte said:

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You think I have time for things like this?!?

I do. It's done.

Doc said:

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Damn! Something from Cyclorama. Well done!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh God. Is that someone from Styx?

I'm outta here.

Doc said:

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That's Tommy Shaw.

And he's go a new solo album coming out too.

Teebob2000 said:

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Y'mean something like, "the Cubs are sure gonna Stynx this year!"

plamorte said:

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and Welcome Pete!

Doc said:

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Cool...Carlos Silva in a diaper on the top of the page.

Pete Gaines said:

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Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! I really look forward to writing about a team I actually care about, for once. Should be fun.

flyball said:

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Carl, is that the Blackhawks Welcome Wagon? I mean I know John McDonough is good at the marketing stuff, but thats some serious wagoning

Doc said:

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It's a good thing he used the Blackhawks Welcome Wagon, because the Cubs Welcome Wagon is looking pretty run-down since the Ricketts family took over.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Stanley Cup parade. It was the first result for "ticker tape parade"

itsjenjen said:

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Well if he's at least half as funny as Carl I know we'll enjoy reading his posts. Welcome Pete!

Teebob2000 said:

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Let's see here... at least half as funny as Carl... but not more than 75% as funny...

Hmmm... divided by... carry the 3... times the square root of 423...

Well, ultimately not a very high bar, Pete, so you'll do fine I'm sure. Welcome!

Cubbieboy said:

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Well, well, well...I haven't posted in a looooooong time but now that there is a celebrity in the house I figured should start the brown-nosing.

Pete, welcome and glad to have you!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh nice.

You won't post for me, but you'll post for the new guy. AWESOME.

Doc said:

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We're all just glad that is wasn't Sarah Spain.

Cubbieboy said:

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LOL. Jules you know I love ya! Have just been really busy for awhile but things are slowing down so I hope to be back on here more often. At least you see I was still paying attention. :-)

And Doc, A-to-the- Men!

JulieDiCaro said:

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My guess for tomorrow's big Hendry move? He finally gets his hands on an old-broken down Brian Roberts.

flyball said:

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persistence is key

keywestcubfan said:

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Or trades Ted Lilly for Blake DeWitt! Wait a minute....

Pete Gaines said:

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I'd share my guess for Hendry's big New Year's Day movement, but I don't think that's appropriate.

Doc said:

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oh...that's quite appropriate for this place.

Karen said:

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Please please pretty please do not give Edelweis any more ammo...

Edelweiss said:

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Did you know that Saffron comes from a flower's private parts?

JulieDiCaro said:

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um . . . ew.

jarowcliffe said:

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Your second post is a poo joke...you will fit in nicely!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Adios, suckers! Stay warm . . hahahahahahahaha!

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Hope your ship doesn't have an engine room fire!

Doc said:

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Or hit an iceberg.

sloan peterson said:

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Julie doesn't have a cool blue necklace does she?

sloan peterson said:

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I hope your ship has flashlights....

keywestcubfan said:

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Oh please... She'll have a wonderful time The weather is warming up quicker than was thought. Should be mid 70's through next week. Great weather. However as Cub fans we need to worry about the Norwalk virus... It's our job.

jtbwriter said:

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Or have norovirus!

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