Hey, Cubs fans. So what stage of grief are you at? Still anger? Depression? Acceptance? As we all search for any cold comfort on what has become an ugly and listless season, here are a few news stories to peruse:
Former Cubs ace Ferguson Jenkins talks tough on the team. Check out this video interview from earlier today (Thursday) with Hall of Famer Fergie. He believes the seeds of the Cubs highly disappointing 2010 season began in spring training. Specifically, Fergie cites Big Z’s weight loss as one reason for Carlos’ troubles. He goes on to talk tough on the entire pitching staff. All due respect, he seems to be relying a little too heavily on the pitchers’ win-loss records for my tastes. But interesting interview session nonetheless.
Two Cubs prospects to appear in Futures Game. The 12th Annual XM Futures Game will take place on July 11 and two (we hope) bright spots in the Cubs future will be there. Outfielder Brett Jackson, who’s been tearing up Class A ball, will play for the U.S. team, while shortstop Hak-Ju Lee will compete for the world team. Both of these guys could play HUGE roles for the Cubs in a couple/few years, so they’re worth checking out.
Do you want to get a spot on the Cubs 40-man roster? Well, now you can! No, not the real one, of course. But, for a reported $7,500, you can take part in the “Chicago Cubs Fantasy Camp at Wrigley Field.” That means taking live BP at Wrigley and meeting some of the, ahem, real players on Aug. 8. Then, on Aug. 9, when the team will be in San Fran (probably getting shut down by Tim Lincecum), you’ll play in a four-team hardball tournament at Wrigley. Former Cubs Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Lee Smith, Rick Sutcliffe and Randy Hundley will provide live instruction.
Cubs support statue for severely injured police officers. Actually, five of Chicago’s professional sports teams are getting together to donate $50,000 for the construction of a statue to honor police men and women who have suffered catastrophic injuries on the job. The statue will be unveiled in September at the Chicago Police Memorial just east of Soldier Field.
Jake Fox update. After being DFA’d by the Oakland A’s, former Cub Jake Fox is now a member of the Baltimore Orioles. Jake has played in two games for the O’s thus far and not yet gotten a hit. I know this was all weighing heavily on your mind, so you can thank me later. In other Cubs-A’s news, Oakland has also DFA’d Eric Patterson, whose prospects for continued major league employment look a little more dismal. I just wish the O’s would pick him up so he and Corey could play on the same team. Just because.