Okay, here’s the deal – the Cubs are in a tight game in the seventh inning. You get called into the game to pinch-hit. How’d you like to have to face this guy?

Now we’ve all been up to our ears in rumors about Prior going here or Prior going there – I for one thank my lucky stars that this guy is wearing Cubbie blue. Sure he’s been hurt a coupla times, we’re lucky he didn’t get his career ended last year on a line drive. Anybody ever hear about what happened to Herb Score?

This guy is bad news if you’re a hitter – he has all the tools and he’s intense. Sometimes I think he gets ticked at Dusty for being too laid-back! There has been some conjecture that recent trade talks might have lit a fire under Prior’s fantails; others have said that he will bail at the first opportunity because of the rumors. Here’s what Prior had to say at the Cubs convention today: “I love playing here. I have no desire to leave,” he said. “I love playing in the city of Chicago; I love this town. I don’t think I could’ve been as fortunate as I was to fall here out of college. Not too many people get the luxury of coming to a city like Chicago. It’s a great city, a great town and I love being here. It’s a great town to play baseball in.”

I like this guy, he’s a gamer; I like his fire and zeal. IMO Mark Prior is a keeper. My only regret is that Mark Prior didn’t finish his collegiate career at Vanderbilt :)

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