It is time for Christmas List 2007 Seven Up, Seven Down style (mostly Cubs style). This year, all I want for Christmas is:

For Cub fans to use some common sense and realize Fukudome may start off slow. He may slump. Please, do away with the booing. While I agree fans have the right to voice their displeasure, think of it this way, even if you boo Fukudome, he wont understand what you are saying anyway.

For Brian Roberts to be in the starting lineup come Opening Day. Gold glove second baseman…check. Potential to steal 50 plus bases…check. Admitted steroid use…check. Oh well, two out of three isn’t bad. Here comes the “Are his numbers really that good or did the steroids inflate them?” chatter. By the way, did I mention I really like high OBP guys?

For Fukudome to teach some of the current Cubs the value of FUNDAMENTAL baseball. You know, things like hustling during batting practice, not missing signs and running down the line. These are the things most little leaguers know how to do. On a another Fukudome note, Ronnie start practicing how to pronounce his name….now.

For Mark Prior to not return to 2003 form and burn the Cubs. don’t get me wrong, I wish the man the best, but out of all the teams I have heard rumored to be interested in him, a couple stand out with varying degrees of annoyance for me. The Yankees, yawn, are always in the mix. San Diego, well Prior is a California guy. So it does make sense. BUT, what if the unimaginable happened? Mark Prior, the ace of the Cardinals rotation? No, thank you. Even better, how about this little scenario? Introducing #22 for the Chicago White Sox, Mark Prior! I would have to poke my eyes out.

For the American League to NOT beat the National League in every interleague game this year. See my next wish.

For the Tigers to NOT run a lineup in 2008 in which seven of the nine everyday players have made at least one All-Star team since 2005. Oh wait….

For Cubs fans to think for a second before they call in to WGN, ESPN or the SCORE. Comments such as: “We should have never gotten ride of Jason Kendall” or “I think we should split time between Fukudome and Murton” make me cringe.

For the Cubs to reach .500 baseball before July! I don’t think I need to elaborate there.

For Cub fans to definitely enjoy, but not drink the kool-ade of Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot. Hear me out, I love Theriot, love his work ethic, love his passion for the game but he must come into spring training in the best shape of his life in order to have a successful season. He ran out of gas last year. Fontenot is good but let’s not get carried away with how fiercely Cub fans put him on a pedestal.

For Carlos Zambrano to learn how to leash the crazy. I am all for him embracing it, but sometimes you can literally see him psyche himself out of games. Don’t lose the crazy Carlos, just leash it.

For Roger Clemens to stop hiding behind lawyers and carefully worded statements and end the speculation. Roger, if everything said about you is wrong, sue them up and down. Before you do, though, you better make sure you have NOTHING in that closet of yours. Highly unlikely.

For Jose Canseco to just go away, period. Oh, and take Pete Rose with you. While I am on that tirade, Curt Shilling you can go away too. Sometimes I think he likes to hear himself talk. By the way Curt, weren’t you a .500 pitcher until you were 30, then won 20 games three times after 30. See what this speculation talk is going to do to us? Oh and Sammy, consider yourself VERY, VERY lucky you have flown under the radar thus far.

And finally, one a semi more serious note, one hundred years is a long time to wait. My final holiday wish is for my dad and me to be able to see the Cubs win a World Series together!

As I was putting together my wish list I realized I could have gone on and on. I never even touched on my wish for Ryan Dempster to NOT be the closer, but I will turn it over to you. What is on your holiday list?

I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday.

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