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Thought #1: 27 years ago, the Cubs traded a couple of prospects to Cleveland for Rick Sutcliffe. He was acquired on the basis of a “win-now” situation, and indeed, he helped the Cubs to win, but his career was short and laden with injuries. With many people debating about acquiring Pujols or Fielder, the question arises: would it be wise for the Cubs to acquire either of them? Given the Cubs current situation (i.e.: we’re “rebuilding”) would it not be better to acquire players as if we are in a “win-later” situation? And, given the circumstances who should the club acquire/bring up from the minors? Brett Jackson has been compared to the likes of Curtis Granderson and Matt Kemp. What about Tyler Colvin? His numbers were horrendous in 2011. Should he get another shot with the Cubs, or is it time to let him go?

Thought #2:Aramis has opted for free-agency. Zambrano signed to play in Venezuela. Quade’s fate is decided this week. There is a (high) chance that these men will not be in Cubbie Blue next year. Theo and Jed have many decisions looming in front of them this offseason. They have been quite successful in the past, but what the heck are they going to do with the Cubs?

Thought #3: Today, I was contemplating my undying love for the Chicago Cubs and the sport of baseball. It is ridiculous. My lesson plans will be laced with baseball references. My classroom will be decorated with all things baseball. All the students that I teach will be inundated with baseball facts. Most of the meaningful conversations I have deal with the Cubs. A cab driver was taking me to a Rays-Rangers game in St. Pete, and we were discussing the Rays and some of their players, and he said, “If my girlfriend knew as much about baseball as you do, she wouldn’t be my girlfriend anymore. I could never date a girl that knew more about sports than me.” Fellas, what say you? If a lady knew more about a sport than you did, what would you say to her?

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Katie Cernek is a regular contributor to VFTB. She grew up as a Cubs fan in rural Wisconsin and fondly remembers hearing stories of Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, and Ron Santo. You can find Katie on Twitter @heyitskatiec