I am so sleepy, but I feel like I owe it to the readers to get something new cranked out each day. There is not much to say on an off day. As you all probably know by now, Wood is out for a few weeks. I say, no problem. The great Sergio Mitre will fill his space. Oh wait, he’s already filling in for Prior. Maybe this will be Jaun Cruz’s big chance. Oh wait, we traded him for crap. Well then, I guess we’ll have to deal with a rotation that includes Mitre and Glendon “I only date big booty hoes” Rusch. It’s funny how we get so spoiled now that we have a starting 5 for the ages. It will be nice when we can finally trot them all out there one after another. Those days are coming soon my friends.

I am pretty pumped about the game tonight on WGN. Not only do we face the Astros, but we have Zambrano, who has been our ACE this year against their opening day starter, Roy Oswalt. I predict a very low scoring game, despite the fact that the game is in a very good hitter’s park. I predict a hard fought Cub victory. Final Score: Cubs 4 Astros 3

Best Blog 2004 (Non-Cubs version)

Alright, last Thanksgiving, I ran a “competition” called The Best Blog 2003. Well, I have decided to do this again for non Cubs blogs. I think it’s always a good time to read what bloggers around baseball have to say about their team. No matter where you go, fans are passionate about their team. Even fans of such horrible teams like the poor Devil Rays and Tigers. This should be another fun time. Really, the whole point of this thing, in my opinion is to give some props to our writers who do a great time following their team. Right now, I am compiling a list of blogs from around the Major leagues who I feel are worthy to be in this competition. I would say that the competition should be starting in the next week or so. Also, in November, just like last year, The Cubs version will return. Will the Northside Lounge repeat as champions or will blogs like The Uncouth Sloth, Cubs Now, etc give them some competition?

R.I.P.

Finally, on a sad note, an authority on the business side of baseball, Doug Pappas passed away. Doug maintained a blog, which was read by 1500 people per day. Give it a look. Doug was a very smart man and will be missed. One of the coolest things on his site was some pictures from various major league ballparks he has visited. Check it out here.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail