7 Cubs are going to the All-Star game: Kosuke Fukudome, Geovany Soto, Aramis Ramirez, Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, and Alfonso Soriano.
Kosuke, Geovany, and Alfonso all voted in as starters, although Soriano's still rehabbing and it doesn't make sense for him to play (which means he will).
This from Carrie Muskat, "Soto, 25, will be the first rookie catcher ever on the NL team, and first rookie backstop to start in an All-Star Game since Sandy Alomar Jr. did so for the American League in 1990. Fukudome, 31, will be the first rookie outfielder in the NL starting lineup since Frank Robinson in 1956."
That is remarkable stuff, guys.
But I was thinking about the guys who didn't make it.
I'm not mad that they didn't - but just look at those guys.
Think about past Cub teams - the guys who didn't get voted in as all-stars on those teams.
This year's model is like, they're from another planet when it comes to the Cub history I'm familiar with.
I'm am in complete awe (Jim Hendry - you ROCK).
Okay, the Cubs absolutely CREAMED the Cardinals today, making my entire 4th of July weekend SOOO much better.
Sean Marshall - guy's a starter, period.
Geovany hit one out, Aramis woke up, Derrek Lee is smoking the ball, Carlos Marmol beamed back to the planet.
But Sean Marshall was the man today.
Cubs 7 Cards uno.
(I just looked at the standings, and they've got the Cards in 3rd behind the Brewers.)
Kerry Wood on the All-Star team.
I have goose-bumps.