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With their win last night, the Chicago Cubs are 5-0 post-trade deadline. Just a few more weeks and Mike Quade and Jim Hendry will have secured their return in 2012, AMIRITE? Hooray, beer!

  • If that picture makes you deeply wistful, and ultimately sad, you’re not alone. That’s the “dream rotation” the Cubs put together before the 2004 season. It was Halladay/Lee/Oswalt/Hamels/Whoever before H/L/O/H/W was H/L/O/H/W. Matt Clement, now a high school basketball coach, took in the game last night with his sons, and reflected on his time with the Cubs. Seriously, I can barely stand looking at that picture; thinking of what might have been.
  • Can’t sign ‘em all: it looks like the Cubs will not be signing 12th round pick, lefty Jacob Lindgren, who intends to honor his commitment to Mississippi State. That it came this close to the deadline (but not right at the deadline) suggests to me that he wasn’t a kid that the Cubs felt they just had to have after they’ve locked up their preferred picks. They probably made him a best and final offer, but didn’t want him so much that they were willing to take negotiations to the deadline. Look at me being all optimistic…
  • Speaking of kids the Cubs feel they just have to have, top prep pitcher Dillon Maples, drafted by the Cubs in the 14th round (though he was a first round talent), has been enrolled at summer school at UNC since mid-June, which can’t help the Cubs’ chances. I can only imagine how much money you would have had to throw at me to get me to give up college after being there for a couple months. At least it’s summer school, and most of the co-eds won’t be there. Also helpful? Football coach Butch Davis was canned, and Maples was supposed to be a kicker on the team (in addition to pitching for the baseball team). I’m still hopeful.
  • Bruce Miles tells a funny story about Bob Davidson, who ejected Tyler Colvin and Mike Quade the other night (for a whole lotta nothin’): “Many years back, I was flying out of Phoenix after a Cubs-Diamondbacks series. Davidson was sitting across the aisle from and one row ahead of me and trying to go to sleep as it was a morning flight after a night game. Two fans were talking a balk from the night before. Don’t know if ‘Balking Bob’ called the balk or not, but the fans went on for a few minutes. Clearly annoyed, Davidson roused himself, turned to the fans and said, ‘He didn’t come to a discernible stop!’ True story.”
  • Marlon Byrd collected his 1,000 career hit last night. All he’s gotta do now is play until he’s 50, and 3,000 will be his.
  • For perspective on the Cubs’ amazing five-game winning streak: if the Brewers play .500 ball over the next 30 games, the Cubs would have to win *ALL 30* of those games just to tie the Brewers. Just trying to keep us all grounded.
  • Last time (probably) I’ll remind you (because my understanding is that today is the deadline): if you haven’t already, please consider nominating Bleacher Nation for “Best Team-Specific Site” *here*. Any other nominations would be appreciated (including if there are other sites/people you’d like to nominate).
  • Toosh

    You might say some of the starters in that rotation got “Bakered”.

  • Serio

    I remember how sick that rotation was & I remember how sick i got from watching that 2004 team

  • MichiganGoat

    What really gets this goat’s goat is the fact we one one more game in 2004 than 2003 and only finished third. If the core of that rotation stayed healthy all year… well let’s not dwell. I do blame Baker for the demise of Prior and Wood, and you just have to look at the current Reds pitching problems to realize that is a valid concern. He over uses and destroys young pitchers.

    • MichiganGoat

      I mean won one that sentence has a common sports homophone and my iPad gets confused.

  • EQ

    I remember going to Wrigley in August that year.. we just got NOMAH! there was so much buzz, so much expectation, let’s not forget our lineup was pretty stout that year too.. (Sosa, Alou, D Lee, ARam, Grud/Walker, Nomar, C Patterson, Barrett…etc)

    • Internet Random

      Yeah, I think that was my favorite roster since 1984. Hopefully it won’t be 2024 before we have another that I like as much.

      • EQ

        I remember going to 4 games.. just about everyone went yard. Patterson hit a game winner in the 10th in the first game.. even Paul Bako hit one out.. what a lineup..

        I will say this, I’ve been to 10 Cubs games, my first being in ’84 at San Diego.. I lived in SoCal at the time and on my birthday my dad took me to Pads/Cubs. Dawson hit 2 triples that game & they won.. the most recent game I attended was in KC in June, took my parents, the wife and kid.. we won that game.. every other time I’ve seen them at Wrigley.. come to think of it, the Cubs are…gulp… 9-1 when I go watch them live.. maybe my attendance is the key to breaking the curse?

        • Internet Random

          At this point, I think you owe it to all of us to get season tickets for 2012.

        • MichiganGoat

          Um, Dawson wasn’t on the 84 team.

          • EQ

            Crap, I meant 87… I just read on the 84 team thing.

          • hardtop

            i read that, and it didnt even click. “the deer” was in center in 84 right? i looked it up: he had 5 triples in 84, his career high… so maybe it was him?

        • hardtop

          Man, that’s great. I wonder if its unique to be a crazed die hard cub fan such as yourself and only have seen them play in person 10 times.

          I’m addicted to the ball park experience. I go to about 10 Rockies games a year. 3 of them (on average) being the Cubs series. I’m fortunate I live in a town with an NL team. Of course, I have to deal with a lot of grown men wearing purple… but it’s worth it. And of course there is the Hajj (Wrigley obviously replacing Saudi Arabia)

          Do the rest of you kooks get to go to a lot of games? I assumed those of you on here that lived in Chicagoland catch some games.

          • EQ

            Well most of my problem is that I live in Tulsa and until just recently, affording many trips to see the Cubs live wasn’t an option.. plus, with WGN you see the a lot..

            I’m closest to the Royals and Rangers and they only get the Cubs on rare interleague occasion..

          • Internet Random

            Heh. We consider moving away from Chicago off and on, but one of the limiting factors is trying to find a desirable place with a National League team. Designatedhitterball =/= baseball.

            I used to get to 10 or so games a year before I had children. In another couple of years, I’ll probably get back to that level of attendance. Last season I went to two games. This year, so far, none.

          • MichiganGoat

            Although I’m only 4-5hrs from Wrigley and I have family with season tickets that I get at their cost or even free, I can’t afford to go to more than 2-3 games a year. Even if the tickets are free it cost hundred just to go the game once gas, parking, food, hotel (since I want to drink and not have to sober up for a 4hr ride back), but I do go to about 20 games at West Michigan Whitecaps (A affiliate of Tigers) and always see the Peoria Cheifs when they are in town. I wish I could go to Wrigley every chance I could but the money just isn’t there.

            • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

              I’m about 40 minuts south of Pac Bell/AT&T park, but I really can’t stand the Giants — DAMN YOU Matt Williams (yeah, I carry a grudge) — so I don’t go to games that often. My wife and I have hit the annual Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead night game (every Aug 9), and try to catch a game when the Cubs are in town. The Cubs/Giants afternoon game on 8/31 will be my son’s first ML game since Spring Training 2009. Really can’t wait.

              There’s a Giants AAA affiliate in San Jose (~an hour away) that I’ve been meaning to see, but haven’t done so yet.

            • hardtop

              yeah man, its expensive. i don’t think we’ll be able to go every year anymore. With flights, It was basically $1200 for our family of 3 to go to game this year, and thats before food, beer, and gas (and now lemonaid and licorice). A lot of cash, but well worth it this time: taking my daughter to Wrigley for the first time was one of the best days of my life.
              I’m sooo lucky that i dont often have to pay for Rockies tickets, though they are not very expensive compared to the Cubs.

              IR, i’m with you on american league.

          • Ron

            I have been to 4 games, 3 at Wrigley and 1 in St. Louis. I went to my first in 98-99 with my brother. We went to two games against the Braves it was the start of a 10 game win streak if my memory serves. Then while I was going home on leave I stopped in St. Louis to catch a game by myself. I ended up hanging out with Cardinal Fans, had a great time and I can’t remember if the Cubs won or not. I ended up having to sleep in my truck at a reststop so it wasn’t really that great but had potential. The last game I went to is my favorite story, which like most of my stories ends in tragedy. I just got back home from my first tour in Iraq and bought two bleacher seats. I had been talking on-line to this girl in Chicago that was a bridesmaid and my best friend wedding two years earlier. At the wedding, (I was completely blasted) I was making out with her but when she did not want to do anything else because she had a boyfriend. Anyway, I had been talking to her on-line for about six months and I was on a road trip up there from Tennessee to stay for the weekend. When I got there and met up with her I found out that she lived with a dude but he was out of town (same guy). Anyway we went out partied our asses off and when it was going home time she had a sudden battle with morality once again. Well the tickets were already bought and the nest day we went to a Sunday day game. The Cubs were up by three against the Dodgers and blew it in the 8th. The Cubs lost and I went home alone again. Like I said tragedy.

            • Fishin Phil

              Dang, poor Ron struck out like Soriano waving at a slider down and away. Sorry to hear that.

  • philoe beddoe

    Yes I dubbed August 1st 2004 as “Nomar Day” at my house…I even got my non-sports daughters excited about it….I thought Jim Hendry was a god at that time…DLee, Maddux and then Nomar

    then apparently his ‘roids started wearing off…

  • EQ

    haha… yeah, if only Hendry was still juicin’…

  • Cbrock

    Long time reader first time poster, why do i keep getting an error on the voting page? Anyone else have this issue?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Does the error happen when you try to enter your nomination, or when you load the page?

    • RoughRiider

      Me too. It’s as if the page isn’t loading completely.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        As in, it doesn’t load when you click “submit nominations”? Or it doesn’t load completely in the first place (which it does for me)?

        • Cbrock

          it kinda half loads, the farther you go down the worse it looks, like all the fields are muddled together and the font gets bigger, but i am able to enter all your info and get an error when i try to submit.

          • Fishin Phil

            I had that same problem at work, but it loaded fine at home. I was using IE 9 at home. You might want to try a different browser.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            Hmm. That’s weird – I wonder if they got slammed with a bunch of visits at the same time. It’s loading fine for me now (though I’ve already done my nominations so I can’t really test that part of it). Thanks for trying, guys. I really appreciate it.

            • Cbrock

              will try a different browser, btw, another dumb new guy question, how do i attach a picture to my name when i post?

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                Not dumb: we use “gravatar,” so just go to gravatar.com and you set it up there.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              I just tried another nomination (Bill Simmons’ podcast) and it worked fine for me. Hopefully it was just a temporary thing.

              • Cbrock

                Mo Betta, worked with Chrome!

                • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                  You are the man, not only for doing the nomination, but for trying multiple times to do it. Much love.

                  • Cbrock

                    you run a great site!!! thanks!

          • hardtop

            thats what mine does too.

  • Spencer

    Saddest picture ever.

  • hansman1982

    Why is Maddux not standing like the rest of them?

  • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

    Jeez, man. That picture makes them look like those little Russian nesting dolls.

  • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

    H/L/O/H/W

    You forgot the ‘Z’. Never forget the Z, or else you stinks.

    Oh, and Christ-on-a-cracker, what the hell is wrong with these kids? “Um, I *could* collect several hundred thousand dollars (or more) and play for the *FUCKING CUBS* or, you know, go to college and stuff.”

    Cripes.

    • hansman1982

      they are hoping that if they goto school 2 things will happen:

      1. They get the college experience…as someone who missed out on it and then went back to school at 23 and didnt get to enjoy it quite as much its a big deal.

      2. They are hoping that if they spend a couple years in college they can improve their draft stock and get a few hundred thousand more – or develop into the next Strasburg.

      • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

        1. The “college experience” is basically drinking and trying to have sex. I’d say that’s a lot easier to do as a Chicago Cubs baseball player with thousands of dollar bills to make it rain.

        2. Why take the gamble? The Cubs are already offering more money than is good for them and they always run the risk of injury- or even just getting worse. 300k right now is always better than maybe-500k later.

        And how rough could it be to go to college at 23? You can buy beer all 4 years (instantly bumping up your coolness), you have better game to score 18 year old college girls, and you probably have a car and maybe some money. I’m going to school this month, and I’m 28. I can’t *wait* to kick some ass and take some names.

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