Remember to keep your long view of the Chicago Cubs intact. Wins are always nice because they “feel” good. But 2011 remains an extreme longshot to say the least, because of the team’s pathetic performance until the last five games. I’m not trying to bring you down – just keep you grounded.

  • Larry Rothschild clearly still has affection for Carlos Zambrano, and would welcome the opportunity to work with him again. “To me he has always been a good person to work with from a coach’s point of view. So you saw the stuff and the comments he made but from my point of view he always did his work, he always listened to me, and he always really tried to get better. As a coach, that’s what you look for. We had a relationship for nine years, and we worked together for a long time.” There’s more of interest in that article.
  • Yankees hitters praised Doug Davis’ delivery and stuff, talking about him like Roy freaking Halladay. Where has this guy been all year?
  • Wrigley Field was as loud as it’s been all year when Carlos Marmol struck out Alex Rodriguez in the 8th inning yesterday.
  • National broadcasts are passing on the Cubs/Sox series, which, like, duh. Kind of sad, though.
  • Tom Ricketts roped off a 250-person section in the right field bleachers yesterday for Incapital, the banking firm Ricketts founded and on which he serves as Executive Chairman. It’s fine to buy tickets for your friends when you own the joint, but there is something a little unsavory about doing so in the first game of the very series upon which you based a new pricing tier for tickets this year. I can’t quite articulate what feels icky about it, and I’m the first to admit I don’t have all the details. Something about it, though, just doesn’t make me smile.



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