We are on vacation visiting my family in Chicago and I had the chance to visit with Rob last night. We were talking about what we think will happen before opening day. It got me thinking about how much of a difference there is between our thinking. In the spirit of Jacki’s wish list yesterday, I decided to post my un-Christmas list of sorts. It’s more a list of what I do not think will happen. Sorry to burst your bubble, guys.

1. The Cubs Will Not Get Brian Roberts – I’ve mentioned this one before and I’ll bring it up again. With Miguel Tejada’s exit to Houston, Baltimore has two major commodities that are in somewhat of a demand. Because of that, they have to make sure they get the most they can for the few products they have to sell, especially after the pathetic package they got for Tejada. If we were to get Bedard it would take a lot more than he would really be worth. It’s not happening.

2. The Cubs Will Not Get Dan Haren – Rob mentioned this one to me last night and it made me laugh a little. Haren is younger than Eric Bedard and Johan Santana. He’s won at least 14 games over the past three years and plays for a team overseen by the thrifty Billy Beane. That has the makeup of a huge price tag. Good luck with that.

3. The Cubs Will Sell The Naming Rights on Wrigley Field – This one pains me to say it, but doesn’t bother me enough to really make a stand against it. We live in a sponsorship age, this site is no exception, and the Cubs will continue to maximize their revenue with any means possible. I don’t know when it will happen, but I can see something to the effect of “Cialis Park at Wrigley Field”. Would it bother you? Would you quit going all together? I don’t think it would both me, but I tend to stay far away from Wrigley already due to cost.

4. The Cubs Will Not Sell The Team Before Opening Day – Sam Zell went on record this week to say that the team would be sold before the start of the season. Considering the fact that no bids have been taken at this point, and the public doesn’t even know who officially submitted paperwork to the league, and the fact that MLB wants to make sure this sale is the right fit, I do not see it happening in three months. I go on record right now to say it’s not going to happen.

Rob’s side of the story:
I did not say the Cubs will get Dan Haren, I said the Cubs will make a run at Joe Blanton. However,my main point is that I completely disagree with Joe’s premise that the Cubs do not need another starting pitcher. Joe said that he does not like a potential trade for Erik Bedard because it might also involve giving up Rich Hill and that Erik Bedard is not really a great pitcher anyway. To which I responded that Erik Bedard consistently is near the top in strikeouts every year and that a rotation that begins with Zambrano, Bedard,and Lilly is pretty good. Joe makes good points about comparing our four and five pitchers to other teams four and five pitchers, but I would like to see the Cubs go get a two or three not a four or five. And I will go on record saying that I think the Cubs will go get another pitcher.

I do think the Cubs will get Brian Roberts because when they are so intent on something they usualy do it. I just don’t know if they need to.

Finally, I do have passionate feelings about the Cubs selling the naming rights to Wrigley Field. Here they are: DO IT!!! Sell the rights and put the money back into the team. Anyone who thinks that it matters is too nostalgic to be running the team. For the Cubs losing is nostalgic. I would like to see that change.

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope I did not ruin your holiday completely by getting down off my usual optimistic horse to feel the real ground.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. 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 and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail