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I take back everything I said about the trade deadline. Clearly, this is a winning team.

Carlos Zambrano had a decent start (but still allowed too many base runners), Starlin Castro had a good game, and Carlos Pena had about as good of a game you’ll see from someone who didn’t have a hit. And, get this: the Cubs took five(!!!) walks!

  • Toosh

    Win out. Postseason here they come.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The scary/sad thing? The Cubs could win out, and theoretically still miss the playoffs.

      • Jeff

        It is also a distinct possibility that they will be mathematically eliminated by the end of August. I hope we get some prospects promoted and playing, I think it might be a little difficult cheering on a team of veterans to win meaningless games at the end of the year again. If for no other reason than what it might mean long term.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Indeed. Very indeed.

  • wernert

    So true. D. Lee can hit a bazillion stomptillion home runs against the Cubs or anybody else and he’s cool. Nice point, Ace, er, Brett.

  • MichiganGoat

    Sadly us winning only adds to the Hendry and Quade delusion that we are a tweak away… Way o go DLee

  • Juice

    No, it is not okay to admit that his numbers tonight made you smile. Just because he played for the Cubs for a few years, does not make this Cubs fan forget what he did to the Cubs in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. He was never on the radar, as far as I am concerned, as one of my favorite Cubs when he was with the team. I loath DLee!

    • Glenallen Hill’s One Home Run

      Have you really carried that hatred for 8 years? I legitimately can’t believe that. I’ve never met someone who didn’t really like him, at least with the Cubs, but I guess you have a point.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ouch. Harsh, bro. I definitely hated him with a fiery passion in 2003. But, it took only a couple months as a Cub for me to love that guy.

  • Glenallen Hill’s One Home Run

    Was I the only one who thought that Lee looked sad and lonely in that new dugout? Come over to the other dugout buddy, come manage our team for an inning.

    • dick

      I think Glenallen has a great idea. We already have guest conductors to sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Why don’t we have guest managers, who manage the 7th inning every home game? They have to be better than Quade.

  • Sam

    He’d do better than Quade

  • Joe Cartwright

    I hate seeing DLee in a Pirate uniform. Especially when he smacks homeruns against us. Just another former Cub that’s gonna give us a beating.

    Like I said, 20 game win streak in Brett’s honor. Totally calling it now. An apology for making him stay up for no trades.

  • Ol’CharlieBrown

    It made me smile, Brett. Not because I was rooting for the Pirates, but because I want to see Derrek Lee do well. I know he’s probably approaching the end of his career and I’d like to see him make a nice run to finish it off. Even more so, I appreciated all he did for the Cubs on the field and his leadership as a member of the team and I wished the best for him the moment he left.

    • Dave

      Hear, hear.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Right on.

  • STG3

    Brett,
    Did you hear of any possible Deals that Hendry didn’t pull the trigger on?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I don’t think any talks got to the point where specific names were swapped and then Hendry killed the deal. I do know that, despite what the media is reporting, the Rangers were interested in Marmol, and Hendry said no. The Braves were interested in Byrd, and Hendry said no. The Pirates were interested in Pena, and either Hendry asked for a top pitching prospect in return (and the Pirates said no).

  • miggy80

    I too was happy for D.Lee, as I kept looking at my framed picture of the 2008 team with D.Lee highlighted as “The Big Stick”. Good job D.Lee, good job (in voice of whimpering fan).

  • philoe beddoe

    I didn’t see any of the game….did anyone notice what Zambrano was hitting on the gun?….I am pathetically holding out hope for an August trade with the Yankees…

    • CubFan Paul

      Big Z’s fastball was consistently 91-93mph ..he had good movement

      he started the season off with low velocity til June when coincidentally his name was brought up in trade rumors ..he had the back injury DL stint after that, during the allStar break, but his velocity & stuff has been consistently good since late June

      • philoe beddoe

        91-93 with movement…see, something doesn’t make sense…with all of the rag-arms that teams trot out there, no one wants Zambrano? even if the Cubs eat most of the deal? He must be a much bigger clubhouse problem than we realize….and you gotta admit, I am sort of defending Hendry here (put down your pitchforks!), Hendry did find a taker for Bradley(albeit for Silva, but we did get the better of that trade) and to go in the way back machine, he got Todd Hundley’s awful contract off of the books….so you would think he could snare something for Big Z…

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Hey anouther signing Ace..The Cubs have signed ninth rounder Garrett Schecht for an above-slot $235K…what’s the deal with this guy?… Highest paid 9th round pick this year

  • Jeff

    Am I the only one going to say something about the 60 mph foo-foo ball that Zambrano “pitched” to DLee? Not that I didn’t like seeing Lee go deep again, that swing is kind of nostalgic. Then Wood puts one right in the sweet spot, the only way it could have been more weird is if the game was at Wrigley.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I think I mentioned it on Twitter, but yeah, Z’s was mega slow, and Wood’s was grooved. I tend to think Z’s was a friendly toss, and Wood’s was a mistake.

  • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

    D Lee was my favorite player for a while and I only hope that when inducted into the hall of fame he wears a Cubs cap.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yeah, I don’t think he’ll be a serious HOF contender. Rate states are decent, but not eye-popping for a first baseman. And his totals aren’t really of the kind you expect to see from a HOFer. A few gold gloves won’t get him there either.

  • al

    not a HOFer…good ball player thou…

  • EQ

    D-Lee a HOF?? Only if he gets to play against the Cubs more often.. but seriously, HOF for Lee… not even in the vicinity of it.. no chance. in fact, there’s not a player on our team with a chance unless it’s a young player with a long way to go (like Castro).

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