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Monthly Archive: February 2006

Monday

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February 2006

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Lee: “I think my future is here”

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Man, talk about a way to brighten up my day. To a certain extent I’ve been dreading what would happen insofar as Derrek Lee’s contract status, especially after last year’s implosion. But Lee made his feelings known in today’s Chicago Tribune – he isn’t going to insist on trying the free agent market and seeing what top dollar is. Rather, he’d like to stay right where he is in the Friendly Confines and will possibly forego a little salary to stay in Chicago. Said Lee: “I think my future is here. I like it here. I want to win here. […]

Monday

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February 2006

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Sportscaster Curt Gowdy Dies

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Mr. Gowdy was 86. Geezers such as Mastrick and myself will recall his days announcing The Game of the Week with Tony Kubek. A Red Sox and a Yankee. Even then there was an East Coast bias. Funny, tho, I don’t remember it that way. From The Hall of Fame in Cooperstown – Curt Gowdy was the 1984 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. The longtime “Voice of the Red Sox,” Gowdy made his broadcasting debut in 1944 atop an orange crate in Cheyenne, Wyoming, doing the play-by-play of a six-man football game between Pine Bluff and St. Mary’s […]

Friday

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February 2006

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Spring is in the Air

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Or at least that’s what I’m told. It’s a balmy 1 degree in Chicago, but somewhere in Arizona, I’m told that it’s warm, and spring training is getting under way. This is a different spring from the last two years, as this Cubs lineup isn’t as settled as the last few years. Let’s take a look at what issues the Cubs will sort out during spring training: 2nd base This will be the most hotly contested position battle all spring. The Cubs have 3 players vying for time at 2nd base, and there appear to be different opinions within the […]

Friday

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February 2006

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Blue collar, baby

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I like a good work ethic. My father taught me to show up to work fifteen minutes early. He called it Lombardi Time – if you showed up ten minutes early you were late. So I appreciate it when I see athletes putting in their work in the offseason or others who show up early to training camp. So here’s my Cubs 2006 Blue Collar Team thusfar: CF Juan Pierre – From what I read this guy kept a strict workout regimen during the offseason and kept himself in tip-top shape for his Cubs debut. I expect big things out […]

Thursday

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February 2006

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Kerry Wood & 2006

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As I was talking to Joe last night on the phone, I gave him a heads up. This season, the gloves come off as far as Kerry Wood is concerned. For some inexplicable reason, he seems to get a pass by Cub bloggers. There will be one villifying article after another with regards to Neifi, Corey and Jose (Macias.) but Kerry? Nary a peep. But for my money (I mean the Tribís) there should be more scrutiny, more introspection and more expected. The production just isnít there and hasnít been for some time. Now comes word that Wood will probably […]