Hey, Cubs fans. As I type this, we’re just a few hours away from the historic Seattle Showdown. Lou’s return! Silva’s “in yo’ face, suckas!” For the love of God, MILTON BRADLEY! So let’s not dither around with a long intro. Let’s get right to the top Cubs stories of the week:

Aramis Ramirez could return to the lineup tomorrow.  Apparently, he had a decent showing with the Peoria Chiefs this past weekend, going 1 for 3 with an RBI and a walk. Will he finally start the long trek back to his career norms when he returns? And who will be sent down when he arrives? These are the questions we’re left to ponder.

UPDATE: Sun-Times beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer tweets that Aramis won’t be back in the lineup until this weekend’s series against the White Sox at the Cell. The BP Crosstown Cup, of course, hangs in the balance.

Ailing and celebrated, Ron Santo is in the news.  This past weekend, Ol’ No. 10 formally announced that he will cut back on his broadcasting schedule for many of the team’s road games. This is sad news for those of us who, by choice or otherwise, end up listening to many Cubs games on the radio. (Then again, I do kinda like Keith Moreland.) On a happier note, the Cubs will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ronnie’s major league debut this Saturday, June 26. Full story here.

Empty seats at Wrigley prompt controversy.  Anyone else notice a lot of, um, noticeably empty seats at Wrigley during the last homestand? I did. And it’s prompted many fans and pundits to speculate that, because of their slow start and continued struggles, the Cubs could really take a hit on ticket sales this year. Our benevolent benefactor Rob Neyer, however, urges us all to avoid jumping to conclusions. Small sample size and all that.

Cubs upgrade their technology.  Could the implementation of an, ahem, “unified, end-to-end human capital management (HCM) SaaS solution” be another sign of the impending (and slow to develop) Ricketts era? This long-winded press release may reveal another move toward a more analytical, data-intensive approach to team operations.

Ryno Bandannas? Count me in!  If you’re in the Des Moines, Iowa, area tomorrow, don’t miss the opportunity to: a) Attend an Iowa Cubs game (only 1 game back in their division!), and b) Snag a Ryne Sandberg bandanna. Rumors abound that Mr. T will be at the gate to grab the first one. You didn’t read that here. Oh, wait…I guess you did.

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