I'm coming up short on reasons why the Cubs are even still playing. They've established themselves as the worst team in the National League. End of story. And it's not like there's a plethora of young talent that needs to be seen.
As far as I'm concerned the mighty battle for second base has been won by Ryan Theriot. We've seen enough of the young pitchers to get a good idea who's a player and who isn't. Getting them starts, though, certainly won't hurt.
It's obvious Dusty Baker is gone. He clearly doesn't like being here. The only thing that remains to be seen is how the whole divorce will go down. I think Baker will decide to walk, but will the Cubs try to beat him to the punch and say they don't want him back, perhaps, leak some surveillance video of him not wearing a helmet on his motorcycle?
What's baffling is why Dusty and his coaching staff will be the only guys out the door. What about Jim Hendry and, better yet, Andy MacPhail? Has MacPhail done anything in his time here?
Hendry is under contract, so he's not going anywhere and will be given a year to do something. But it's hard when there is no farm system to speak of.
To paraphrase the great baseball poet Lee Elia, "It's a disheartening situation we're in right now."
That said, it's Friday, it's sunny out, the air is crisp, the leaves are changing, the harvest is nigh. It's football season for crying out loud.
Juan Mateo goes against Bronson Arroyo in a meaningless game. Here are today's lineups and remember: As always, when the Reds play the Cubs, Adam Dunn will hit a homer and boot a ball in left. (Though, I have to say in the limited amount of time I've watched the Reds lately, Dunn's defense appears to have improved.)
Wayne Messmer is wearing a suit today. Maybe he's off to speak at a retirement seminar. Ryan Freel draws a walk to start the game. Norris Hopper bounces one to Ronny Cedeno, who throws low but gets Freel at second. That ball may not have been hard enough to get two, but the throw to didn't help Cesar Izturis much. Aramis Ramirez robs Scott Hatteberg of what may have been a double down the left-field line with a diving catch. With Rich Aurilia up, Hopper takes off for second and Henry Blanco throws him out.
If the Cubs promotion department can somehow tie Beanie Babies or porcelain figurines into homeland security, I think they've got themselves a valid promotion next year. Cubs fans already have the suffering part down. Arroyo, no longer sporting the corn rows (thankfully), gets Juan Pierre to ground to short. Cedeno singles and has now hit in nine straight games. I may be going out on a limb here, but I think Joltin' Joe has nothing to worry about. Ramirez gets ahead 3-1 and Cedeno is thrown out trying to steal second. Ramirez walks and for those of you wondering why Theriot is not playing, he broke a nail or something yesterday. They just showed a close up of it and it looked pretty gnarly. I had to look away. Arroyo tosses a wild pitch, allowing Ramirez to take second. Jacque Jones draws a walk. Wow. Len Kasper said the Cubs did not draw a walk in their last two games. That's crazy. Murton grounds out to Aurilia and those two rare walks do not amount to much.
Score? What score?
Aurilia takes a called third strike. Or maybe we waved at it with a check swing. Either way, he's out and sitting on the bench. Here's Dunn. Mongo like fastball. Dunn breaks his bat and sends a squibber over Mateo's head that Izturis handles. There's some guy sitting behind the dugout wearing a Pete Rose jersey. I really don't have anything against Rose as a player, but I'd sooner wear a Pete Rose bowl cut than a No. 14 Reds jersey. Mateo strikes out the catcher David Ross.
Scott Moore strikes out. Izturis flies out to left-center where Dunn takes it in front of Freel. Freel disappeared behind Dunn like it was an eclipse. Blanco flies out to Hopper in right.
Just asking but how long is this Comcast Ozzie Guillen "A Mi Manera" feature going to last? It's longer than a Ken Burns special. Mateo has a no-hitter through two. Make that 2 1/3 as Royce Clayton pops out. For some reason, Carlos Marmol is up throwing in the Cubs' pen. Brandon Phillips walks. Arroyo bats and I guess we can't make any Glendon Rusch jokes. I hope that guy's OK. Arroyo strikes out and one day I'll learn how to spell "lonely." Freel sends it deep to center but Pierre makes a nice running catch going toward the track.
That's it for Mateo. Poor guy didn't even get to bat. Buck Coats will do the honors. I have no idea what is going on here. It wasn't like he was injured in that last inning because they had Marmol up and throwing. Coats fans. Pierre bounces one up the middle that hits both Arroyo's and Clayton's glove but still finds center field. Cedeno bounces into a double play, but not that it matters or anything.
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