In case you missed it, we started a new feature called the Melting Pot. It’s a smörgåsbord of various news and notes rounded up from all over the internet.

I found some interesting things to comment about today.

  • Ryan Dempster predicted that “I think we’re going to win the World Series” Dude, shut up. Don’t say that crap. Just go out and play with that attitude, but don’t come out and say it. All that does is put a target on your back and hope in our hearts. I don’t want my hopes raised any higher. It hurts too bad when they’re burst. I can’t describe how much it hurt after the team went so far in 2003 only to lose the way they did. I want to be excited about this team, I really do, but I don’t need Dempster saying things to make me giddy like a school girl. (Source)
  • If you’re starting up a fantasy baseball team, and we have one more opening in our Rays of Light vs. VFTB league, Brock for Broglio takes a look at 101 great fantasy team names. One of my favorites has to be “Brokebat Mountain”. This is good for me because I have to be one of the least creative team namers in the history of all team namers. Wait, is namers a word? (Source)
  • Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus broke down the NL Central recently and had something to say that I wholeheartedly agree with.

One move to make: Slapping Lou Piniella with a clue stick. Piniella, who has a lot of good qualities as a manager, indicated last week that his lineup would feature Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Theriot in the top two spots, with Fukudome fifth. The Cubs’ biggest problems on offense have been not having enough runners on base for Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez. Hitting Fukudome behind those two is a waste of his talents. If Soriano has to bat leadoff because he’s fast, fine; at least bat Fukudome second and Theriot down in the lineup where he belongs.

I couldn’t have said it any better myself, Joe. Well done. Now let’s hope that Uncle Lou reads their site and agrees to change his thinking.

  • Rumors have been going around lately that the Cubs are after not only Brian Roberts, but also Joe Nathan. We shall see. If you’re wondering what that would do to the payroll, don’t forget that we have a Cubs payroll spreadsheet now linked in the right sidebar. It’s updated as things change, so check it often.
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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