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July 2006

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Ryne Sandberg’s Reading Phillies Number (26) Retired

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Since I’m about one hour from Reading, PA, I drove over on the 2nd of July to watch the Reading Phillies retire Ryno’s number. He played with them in ’80 and I think ’81 before being traded to the Cubs. Reading has dubbed itself “Baseball City,” although their credentials are pretty shaky. They’ve had minor league baseball there as early as 1883 and featured teams like the “Pretzels,” “Coal Heavers,” “Keys,” and “Actives.” Minor League Baseball rates the ’83 Phils as the 62nd best minor league team in history. They’ve never had a major league team, of course, and it […]

Friday

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June 2006

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What’s your least favorite Cubs team in your lifetime?

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With today’s 6-2 drubbing at the hands of the best baseball team in Chicago, our Cubs stand at 29-50. For me this has been the most miserable Cubs season of my lifetime. I was born in ’71 and probably didn’t become aware of standings until probably 1982 or ’83, so I’m counting the last 25 years. It’s just awful this season; we can’t hit, can’t pitch, can’t play defense, and there’s little hope around the bend. We can hope the Trib will sell to a passionate, knowledgeable owner, but we can also hope Prior will heal magically, that Neifi follows […]

Monday

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June 2006

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Why do we suck?

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Comparing the boxes of the starters for both teams provides just one one facet of a million-faceted gem that is the Crown Jewel of the Cubbies’ 2006 Crown of Thorns. Batting averages of starting Brewers vs. starting Cubs: MIL CHI .286 .248 .270 .241 .263 .327 .274 .249 .290 .230 .261 .277 .263 .290 .263 .226 ERA of appearing pitchers: MIL CHI 3.10 4.94 3.51 5.89 n/a 4.46

Sunday

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June 2006

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!

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I watched the US vs. Italy World Cup match yesterday. I’m not a soccer fan, but about ten years ago I worked at a company with a lot of limeys, some Irishmen, and a couple of Germans. So soccer was big there, but it never caught on with me. I even tried playing for two years on their company team. It just wasn’t for me. My mind is pretty much one-track: I play one video game at a time (currently Baldur’s Gate II again), fixate on one aspect of improving my job at a time, and follow one sport at […]

Sunday

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June 2006

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wishing the best for an enemy

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I thought I’d be happy when Rolen made two errors in two games. I’m not. He seems like a standup guy; the kind of guy for whom fans OUGHT to root. So I hope he figures out whatever’s going on inside his head. I also hope Albert Pujols, about whom I’ve yet to read a negative report about his personality, accessibility, work ethic, or attitude toward the game of baseball, enjoys a speedy and pain-free recovery. Years ago I’d be dancing in the streets about the demise of the Cards with the falling of their best hitter, and the greatest […]