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manny ramirezThe Wife was working late last night, so I had kid duties to myself – making dinner, picking them up from school, feeding them dinner, getting them cleaned up and ready for bed, etc. At the end of the multi-hour process, I was feeling pretty good about myself as a dad. Not only were they well taken care of, but the kids and I had some genuine fun as we went through the wind down of the day. Once back downstairs from putting The Little Boy to bed in his crib, still awash in the glow of success, I realized that I hadn’t used the restroom in several hours – time gets away from you like that. And, upon reaching the restroom to relieve myself, I discovered that the zipper was down. And I realized that, amid my successful multi-hour process – which, again, included picking up the kids at school (like, going into their individual rooms, gathering their things, chatting with other parents) – my fly had been down the entire time.

  • The Boston Red Sox celebrated the tenth anniversary of the 2004 club that won the World Series, complete with the return of former players and former GM, Theo Epstein. Manny Ramirez, a big part of that team, was among the central stories at the reunion, his having just been hired/signed by the Cubs to be a coach/player at AAA Iowa. Ramirez told those in attendance that he made mistakes in his time in Boston (Cubs.com), and he’s tried to make amends. You can read the Boston Globe’s account of Ramirez’s return for a different perspective. Ramirez’s time in Boston was mixed, so it’s interesting to see the way they are receiving the news that he’s returning to the game under Theo Epstein’s direction. There are some raw feelings, it looks like, even as folks celebrate the long-awaited championship that Ramirez helped deliver. As Cubs fans, I suspect we can understand that kind of complicated relationship. *Eh hem Sammy.*
  • The hands-down best part of that 2004 team reunion? A first pitch thrown by Manny Ramirez, superfluously cut off by Johnny Damon.
  • After a second consecutive shutout, Anthony Rizzo tells ESPNChicago that everyone on the offense is just trying to stay positive: “You can look at it two ways. That’s how the season is going for us: We stink. Or, let’s get something going tomorrow and be positive about it.” I’ll forgive anyone who immediately conjures to mind a notorious Carlos Zambrano quote.
  • Carrie Muskat says that Pedro Strop (who has been pitching in extended Spring Training) is getting close to a rehab assignment, and Ryan Sweeney (hamstring strain) is running at 75/80 percent.
  • Blake Parker offers his in-person take on Cubs prospects Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara. (Cubs.com) Parker could be headed back to join them tomorrow, as Wesley Wright is expected to be back from paternity leave.
  • The Cubs feature prominently in Jonah Keri’s latest at Grantland (warning for folks who hate to hear it: the Cubs have been unlucky), and mostly for bad stuff. But, buried within is a gem of a Jeff Samardzija clip. Nope, it’s not him dominating the corner with a two-seamer. It’s a glorious, pop fly bat flip.

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