Take ramp onto I-90 E passing through Indiana and into Ohio
Take exit 171B for US-422 W/State Hwy 14 W toward Ontario Street
Merge onto OH-14/OH-43/Orange Avenue/US-422
Progressive Field will be on the right
350 miles - about 5 hours and 40 minutes.
That's where Kerry Wood's gonna be in 2009, closing games for the Cleveland Indians.
Years ago, I was with a party of people just out having fun - dinner, couple bars, that kinda stuff.
We walked into someplace long since closed on LaSalle, and on a corner television I learned that Gary Fencik had retired.
One of my all-time favorite Bears.
They showed a still-shot of him for about 5 seconds: "In other news, Bears safety Gary Fencik retired today."
Had to leave the party.
Walked down to the lake, thought about all the plays I'd seen that guy make.
Today I saw this little blurb.
"Kerry Wood passes physical, officially signs with Indians."
So, taking a minute here.
Think about all the amazing stuff we got to see Kerry Wood do.
Of course there will always be the injuries, but one of the best things about last season was seeing him come back re-invented as a closer.
And it's a cryin' shame he never got The Ring as a member of the Chicago Cubs...
Not that I'm large-headed enough to think you might read this, but if you do Kerry, we wish you the best of luck.
Thank you for your 20 strike-out game, for your breathtaking fastball, for your loyalty to us, for smashing Sammy's boom box with a baseball bat, for signing that ball for my son Wyatt, and for being both a bad ass and a good guy - one of the coolest Cubs ever.
So... Kevin Towers, now that you screwed the pooch on that last offer, we'll take some Cubs off the table and instead offer a couple Chicago Style Deep Dish pizzas.
(Yeah, The Mayor is more of a Sox fan, but I figure he's probably done more deals than most general managers, including our Jim Hendry.)
I've been reading about how bartering is back! in our steadily heartbreaking economy.
(Honestly, I can't even watch any more with the upswings, downswings, and iconic American companies being tossed around like ragdolls.)
In college, I took a home economics class, and the professor told us we were dolts if we weren't practicing some kind of bartering action.
For instance, she told us if we were buying a high-priced item in any store, we should get something thrown in as well.
I happened to be in the market for a new pair of boots.
I was a student at Northern Arizona up in Flagstaff, and Vasque Boots were the absolute coolest.
Big, chunky, dark brown leather, indestructible sole.
I went into a hippie-hiker store that smelled like sandalwood and picked out a pair.
Eighty eight dollars!
On the way to the register I picked up some heavy insulated socks and prepared my barter-speak.
"Hi", said register person.
"Hi. I'd like these boots, but ha ha, since they're sooo expensive and like, not on sale or anything you should throw in these socks for nothin'."
Her look of absolute confusion slowly morphed to mild revulsion.
I felt like one of those guys sitting on the sidewalk with a dirty styrofoam cup in front of the Bar-Without-A-Sign.
"Are you serious?" she asked.
"Me? HAha uh, what? Noooo. Just the boots thanks."
And I slithered out of there as fast as I could.
Some guys can't fish, some can't dance.
I can't barter.
The last time I bought a car, I didn't even get the cd player.
Anyway Mr. Towers, you should just take the pizza and run, bud.
And leave DeRo alone.
Okay, last thing today: I tried to look into the double commenting thing, and found a whole new service is available. Unless you all have a big problem with it, I'm gonna change the comment section from "flat" to a "threaded" one. Go here for the video, but basically it means if DB makes a comment then Bud can respond directly to that one right under DB's comment. Then DB will get an email letting her know Bud replied to his comment. Really, this is kinda standard on alot of blogs. You can still comment anonymously, or with as much information via a "profile" as you'd like (if you don't want to put up a photo, don't). Plus I think it connects with facebook and stuff like that.
What do you guys think?
If we hate it I can always go back, but it looks cool to me.
How many times have you checked on this Jake Peavy trade the last couple days?
It was like my hand had another brain and just kept clicking and googling.
I guess Jim Hendry came to the conclusion that Padres GM Kevin Towers was just asking for too much.
But still, with the Pads trying to trim their payroll and Peavy costing them about a quarter of where they want to go (I can't remember where I read that, but I did somewhere), you have to figure they still want him to go somewhere.
Not to mention Peavy himself may just want to go to get the hell away from that whole situation.
But if I'm Jim Hendry and somebody is being unreasonably stubborn, I'd do exactly what Hendry did: pull the offer off the table.
And if you're Kevin Towers, you probably look in the mirror and ask yourself what you're really trying to accomplish.
Towers said his Peavy deadline was Thursday, and nothing happened.
Is Hendry playing chicken?
The next big thing is the lefty hitting outfielder, and the most popular rumor seems to be Milton Bradley.
I believe in signs, and one came to me yesterday.
We were making a commercial, and this sign was right next to our location:
What can I say?
These things just come to me.
Of course they never come true, but in my head this means the Cubs will certainly get Bobby Abreu, and it will be a beautiful thing.
Anyway, I'm glad the Winter Meetings are over.
I'm glad the Cubs still have Mark DeRosa, Sean Marshall, Josh Vitters, Felix Pie and whoever else was on the gossip chopping block.
But I also think there's quite a bit of time between now and Spring ball.
There might be a lotta people moving from Chicago, and except for Rod Blagojevich they'll be moving to different teams.
Of course we haven't heard everything yet, but the Blagojevich thing has me beaming with pride as I too reside in the Land of Lincoln.
The supposed trade that would bring Peavy to Chicago is a crazy one, involving 4 teams.
But the only way that trade happens is if the Padres get young pitching, so the Cubs have to get help from other teams by sending DeRo to the Phillies who send J.A. Happ to San Diego while Felix Pie goes to Baltimore who sends Garret Olson to San Diego and Sean Marshall goes straight to San Diego who sends Peavy to Chicago.
And in the meantime, Kerry Wood probably goes to Cleveland and Jason Marquis and his $9.5 mil go somewhere else.
Since it involves one of my favorite Cubs (DeRo), I'm trying to keep an emotional distance from the trade.
It's all just talk now.
But guys, prepare yourself because it might just happen.
And then the left handed bat still hasn't been addressed, so this could actually be a pretty different looking Cub team next year.
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