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I can’t decide if I want to see the Heat lose in the NBA Finals (buzzer beater by Kevin Durant in Game Seven, for example?), or if I want them to win so people can stop talking incessantly about whether they can finally do it.

  • Scott Padilla wonders just how much worse this season can get for the Cubs, who are already on pace to lose a franchise record 110 games. If they deal Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, and others this Summer, aren’t they going to lose even more games? I’m not sure, given that various expected winning formulas say the Cubs should be slightly better than there 19-40 record – in other words, when the luck evens out, the Cubs might pick up a few more wins, even without Garza/Dempster/others. But, even though it’s early June, it’s safe to say the Cubs will be in the battle for the worst record in baseball all season long. Padilla also wonders how many losses this year are too many, in terms of losing fans and creating a psychological scar for next season. I’m not sure I’m too worried about either of those things, but it’s an interesting question.
  • Dale Sveum admitted yesterday that losing 20 of 24 games is “getting a little boring.”
  • Alfonso Soriano – the only guys who’s been playing consistently well over the last month – says the Cubs have no confidence. “I think we lost our confidence. I think that’s more important,” said Soriano. We’re working so hard to try to get better and have a better record, but I think the confidence is down. “We have to keep working hard and work to get our confidence back. I think that’s the problem in this clubhouse right now is we don’t have the confidence.”
  • Soriano credits, in part, hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo for his resurgence this year. “I’m not surprised because of the work that I do,” Soriano said. ‘I’m working hard with Rudy and working hard on my defense and trying to be better every day.”
  • Geovany Soto will begin his rehab assignment at AAA Iowa tomorrow. He’s coming back from minor knee surgery.
  • Christina Kahrl looks at the journeymen of yesterday who are playing like stars today – and, yes, Bryan LaHair is the poster child.
  • Arizona Phil at TCR offers the final, unofficial Extended Spring Training stats. Short season baseball will be underway very soon, so we’ll finally get a professional look at some of the Cubs’ big draftees from 2011, including Dan Vogelbach, Shawon Dunston, Jr., and, eventually, Dillon Maples.
  • We’re discussing our Cubs Mount Rushmore over at the Message Board.
  • die hard

    Brett, better late than never to appreciate what I have been saying since Theo et al were hired….many on this board wanted to crucify me…this team is on pace to maybe even surpass the 1962 Mets as i have said many times in the past…you can look it up…i am not gloating…in fact I am depressed as i dont have many years left and was truly hoping would live to see Cubs win WS…whats the answer?…don’t know…but do know that what is being done to this team by the Ricketts family is not good and will not bring a WS here….Selling the team to Cuban would be the way to shake things up…he could afford to eat the many contracts beginning with Theo on down and then try to jump start the team while there is time for old codgers like me to be able to say that I saw the Cubs win a WS…

  • die hard

    keeping Rizzo in minors is going to weigh on his psyche and that of others striving to get to the show…another example of this management’s conceit , thinking it knows whats best….bring him and others who deserve it up now and let them play when the pressure to win now does not exist…perfect oppty to learn how to be a major leaguer without feeling compelled to move up in the standings

    • hcs

      Rizzo seems like a pretty smart kid, and as such, I’m pretty sure he understands fully what his callup date is going to be, and exactly why.

    • Carew

      Its also hard to bring up those players when you cant get rid of the players who are in their way

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        “…still you’re in my way…”

  • BD

    Shouldn’t that have said “Doug” Padilla?

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