The team’s win last night, combined with Pittsburgh’s loss, means the Cubs are now tied with the Pirates for fourth place in the NL Central. You’ll forgive me if I don’t share Mike Quade’s enthusiasm for the feat.

  • About the Brewers’ series, Quade offered another pearl in a seemingly endless string of completely oblivious ridiculousness. “A little bit different than [playing] Houston,” he said. “There won’t be a ‘kids day’ against these guys.” Yeah. Playing the “kids” against a division-leading team that has a 0.00001% chance of missing the playoffs would be totally inappropriate. You’ve saved the Cubs, Mike!


  • Jon Heyman says the Cubs are the second most likely team to land Prince Fielder, but I don’t put much stock in it. See if you can figure out where Heyman goes wrong: “It’s hard to say what they might try considering they don’t have a GM yet (and aren’t likely to hire one this month). But with Carlos Peña a free agent, they would appear to have an opening. They could also take a poke at the NL Central-rival Brewers by stealing their biggest star and set themselves up for three-fourths of a superb under-30 infield, with also 21-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro and 25-year-old second baseman Darwin Barney.”
  • Marlon Byrd wants to stay in Chicago, and reflects on a season punctuated by a mid-season broken face.
  • As noted in yesterday’s call-up post, the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs’ AA affiliate) lost in the Southern League Championship Series, marking the end of their otherwise successful season.
  • The Red Eye’s Chris Sosa wistfully imagines Ozzie Guillen managing on the North Side.
  • Movie Night at Wrigley Field will start October 1 with a screening of ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,’ which is, of course, appropriate. Tickets range from $10 (bleachers) up to $75 (VIP lawn with food and drink).

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