Hello, all. I don’t have much time, but here’s a few news items to chew on to get you warmed up for Grandma’s fruitcake later this evening:

Matt Capps chooses the Nationals. Apparently the Nationals sweet talk better than Cubs LHP John Grabow, because Matt Capps has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the perennial NL East punching bags. So he goes from getting few save opportunities with the Pirates to perhaps even fewer with the Nationals. Ah, well. This just opens up another bullpen spot for one of the Cubs’ young arms. Oh, and I also heard Jim Hendry is on vacation and that the Cubs never seriously pursued Capps to begin with. So maybe this was just never meant to be.

The Dread Pirate Kevin Gregg? Apparently, former Cubs closer Kevin Gregg is getting a look-see from the Buccos. Hey, why not? If he does go to Pittsburgh, let’s hope Gregg doesn’t lose the acute case of long-ball-itis that plagued him in ’09.

Your new hitting coach: Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg. Ever want to take some BP under the watchful eye of former Cubs second baseman (and potential future manager) Ryne Sandberg? If so, you could get your chance by attending Mayor Daley’s Chicago Sports Festival sponsored by RCN Corp. on Dec. 28.  Maybe Bruce Sutter will come out of retirement to throw Ryno a couple meatballs.

Class of ’69 catcher speaks out. Randy Hundley was the backstop for the tragic 1969 Cubs and, at a recent appearance in Bloomington, Ill., he spoke candidly about what went wrong that fateful season. This isn’t exactly news if you’re familiar with Cubs history, but interesting nonetheless.

Here comes the Cubs caravan. The Daily Herald reveals when and where it will be arriving. Oh, and this Peoria Journal Star article tells you who will be there.

Happy Holidays to all my fellow Cubs fans!

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