This weekend’s cross-town series was already going to come with a great deal of hype: it’s Cubs/Sox, it’s the first interleague series of the year, that NATO business is happening, the Cubs’ Wrigley Funding fight is reaching a fevered pitch, and the Cubs are scuffling and looking for a rebound.

And then the Kerry Wood news came out.

If you didn’t already have a million reasons to watch this series, now you’ve got at least one. Kerry Wood is expected make an appearance in this series – at some point – and then retire. So watch. And discuss. And enjoy. Go Cubs.

Game Info

White Sox (18-21) at Chicago Cubs (15-23), 1:20pm CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Philip Humber (1-2, 5.77 ERA, 1 Perfect Game)


Jeff Samardzija (4-1, 2.89 ERA, 9.3 K/9)

Chicago White Sox Lineup

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF

2. Gordon Beckham, 2B

3. Adam Dunn, LF

4. Paul Konerko, 1B

5. Alex Rios, RF

6. A.J. UglyButt, C

7. Alexei Ramirez, SS

8. Eduardo Escobar, 3B

9. Philip Humber, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Tony Campana, CF

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Bryan LaHair, 1B

5. Alfonso Soriano, LF

6. Ian Stewart, 3B

7. Welington Castillo,C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • Smitty

    Who would you rather have in LF, defensively, our LF or theirs?

    • Luke D


      • DOA82nd

        OURS for sure.

    • art

      they both suck but, Adam can still run. sori looks like done.

      • Deer

        Sori draggin that bum leg is still quicker than Dunn in the OF

      • King Jeff

        That’s a joke right? Soriano might have some kind of injury that’s slowing him down, but he’s been doing a hell of a job in left. I’ve seen him run more/harder this year than any other time in his career.

        • HuskerCub

          I don’t know. The leg looked like it was realy bothering him on Hunter Pence’s double last night.

  • mpope30

    Can I PLEASE get a Cardenas sighting in the lineup this series. Poor kid can’t get on the field. Quade, I mean Sveum, needs to either give him some opportunies or let him play every day in Iowa.

    • DOA82nd

      I concur

    • Cedlandrum

      He could probably get some ab’s if he would stop swinging at the first pitch every time up.

      • King Jeff

        I was thinking the same thing. Wasn’t one of his big strengths supposed to be patience at the plate and seeing lots of pitches? I haven’t seen it so far.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          No, but the sample size is appallingly small.  Put me in the “let’s see if Cardenas’ Bat + Glove >> Barney’s Bat + Glove” camp…..

      • calicubsfan007

        Actually, what I noticed a couple times that he likes to not swing at the first pitch, but then swings at everything before the pitcher throws the damn ball.

  • calicubsfan007

    Not a fan of Piersinski, are you? I understand, because I hate him. He’s a whiny, arrogant jerk who deserved to get his ass kicked by Barnett. Go Cubs!

    • art

      Barnett who? lol, kidding. think it’s Barrett.

      • calicubsfan007

        Whoops, that’s what happens when you type in something while still waking up! It is Barrett, I’m just a dumba– when I am tired.

  • calicubsfan007

    I really don’t want to see Johnson on the field for a while. He isn’t a asset anymore. Hopefully, he can prove me wrong and have an amazing remainder of the year. I am just pissed with his poor excuse of an at bat at the end of the game. Barney got a freaking hit off of Papelbon!!!! How in God’s name does Johnson not get a hit off some pretty hitable pitches?!?!!?

    • Deer

      Didn’t Reed hit a PH HR and RBI single in his previous 2 ABs? His mistake was laying off the 1st pitch last night, right down the middle.

      • calicubsfan007

        But his batting average isn’t anywhere close to where it was last year at the same time. And I was so pissed that he did not swing at that first pitch. He knows better.

  • Cedlandrum

    Volstad optioned to AAA

  • hogie

    Wow, look at all the empty seats for a crosstown game!

  • hardtop

    we may not win this game but at least we are in good company…

    white hot vs white trash


  • Luke D

    Throwing ungodly amounts of expletives at Gordon Beckham and that umpire.

    This isn’t football, bros.

  • JOF

    Can Castro push the next baserunner off the bag and tag him. He should certainly try.

  • whiteflag

    Agreed. Mainly the umpire, I don’t think that was Beckham’s intention. The fall just happened to work out in his favor.

    • Joe

      Watch the replay and see how, near the end of the collision, Beckham’s right hand flails at DeJesus’s left hand as DJ tries to get back to the base. Can’t tell me that’s not intentional. I don’t think the collision was intended, but I do think Beckham took advantage and allowed it to be much more forceful than it needed to be.

  • gratefulled

    UglyButt. Ha!

  • Jzwizard

    Jeff Samardzja with the RBI!!! Then DeJesus and Campana pop out on the first pitch….

  • Jzwizard

    Kerry! Kerry! Kerry! Kerry! Kerry! Kerry! Kerry! Kerry! Kerry! Kerry! Kerry! Kerry! Kerry! Kerry!

  • JOF

    Lets get the win now for Kerry.

  • calicubsfan007

    Again, Reed Johnson fails… Sigh…

    • TWC

      I’m gonna do some freaking out on the next person that gripes that Reed’s not seeing enough playing time.

      • MaxM1908

        [Insert bench player here] would have driven Barney in.

        • TWC

          I think it’s unlikely any of them would have, frankly.

          • MaxM1908

            Agreed, I was just predicting the shifting conversation after Reed blows it.

  • Deer

    Was hoping Joe Mather would get an AB somewhere in that inning.

    • calicubsfan007

      Probably would have done better than Johnson did.

  • john breslin

    wow. I only caught one at bat in the whole game, and it was Beckham’s homer. Why do I bother?