Previously on From the Cubicle: There were two baseball teams in Chicago, and their fans don't like each other. There was much name-calling and taunts of "1908" and "Sox Sux" banter. And this season, with both teams currently in first place, the possibilities for an all-Chicago World Series made people downright tingly.
Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Wrigley is his most favorite-est place for baseball. "You are going to take batting practice (in the indoor cages) and the rats look bigger than a pig out there. You want to take a look? I think the rats out there are lifting weights."
And Mark DeRosa swore during a joke contest.
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And today brace yourself Cubs fans, Carlos Zambrano was placed on the 15-day DL. According to the Comcast pregame show, Zambrano was none too pleased. He stormed off after hearing the news, swore a bit and then disappeared into the shower-area where reporters heard a large crash. I can only assume Big Z didn't like his "I'm sorry you are on the DL" present a Michael Barrett punching bag. Not so much a punching bag, as an actual Michael Barrett.
Comcast also told us some interesting tidbits about this Wrigley Field place there's ivy on the walls, the bleacher people like to harass the opposing team and there's some place named "Murphy's" nearby. Get out! That is brand new information!
Here's some new info: Lineups are in! And Eric Patterson (Zambrano's DL replacement) and Jim Edmonds are present for the Cubs, while the Sox will introduce DeWayne Wise to the fun. I guess Brian Anderson's 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position didn't wow Ozzie.
It's Jose Contreras (6-5, 3.24) vs. Jason Marquis (5-3, 4.24) on the mound this morning. Yes, morning. This is way to early for me.
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So Ozzie and Zambrano had dinner together either last night. At Big Z's house. And he cooked. And Ozzie told Big Z to go on the DL. For at least two starts. So here's the plan: First four innings with Hawk & DJ and then I'll switch to Len & Bob as to hear Mr. Ashlee Simpson sing TMOTTBG. And here we go: Orlando Cabrera swings and misses at strike one from Marquis. O-Cab had an almost HR yesterday, with the replays not helping in the fair vs. foul debate. He slices the 1-2 pitch to Fukudome in RF for out No. 1. And by the boos I hear...AJ Pierzynski is up to bat. He quickly pops up in the infield to Aramis Ramirez for out No. 2. I think the boos lasted longer than the at-bat. Patience my friend. Here's Carlos Quentin. Lotsa stubble on both Quentin and Marquis today. 3-1 count...and Carlos starts to walk, but no...that's strike two. Then Quentin rolls up a single up the middle just out of Ryan Theriot's reach. Jermaine Dye, who was 1-for-4 with a bomb yesterday, stands in there. And yeah, DJ tells us that Marquis isn't a HR pitcher, but Dye can make him one. And just on cue...JD hits a bomb to LF and it's White Sox 2-0. Some fan in a Rolling Stones t-shirt throws the ball back. Nick Swisher flies out deep to the newly called-up Patterson in LF.
White Sox 2-0.
Bored at Work in DC: So glad you could be with us. I feel your "working-on-Saturday" pain. HL: That would be awesome, but isn't Bob on Royals duty? Contreras' first pitch to Fukudome is a ball. I mean, called a ball. Duh it's a ball. It's a beautiful 73 degree day today with wind blowing out of the WSW at 7 mph. Fukudome grounds out to second and Alexei Ramirez. Cubs are in their pinstripes with the Sox in their road grays. Again, duh. Here's Eric "I'm not Corey" Patterson. He hits it out of JD's reach in RF for a standup double. That dude is speedy. To quote Adam: "I don't think I've ever seen Patterson get a hit." D-Lee now; he too hit a HR yesterday. He batting .261 with runners in scoring position this season. Old-man Contreras gives Lee a full count before walking him on a low one. And the crowd goes nuts for A-Ram. First pitch strike, right down the middle. I think Hawk said Ramirez has hit 3 HRs off of Contreras. This one will stay in the park, a single up the RF line that will score Patterson. White Sox 2-1. Lee moves to third. Sox pitching coach Don Cooper comes out to chit-chat with Contreras. Jim Edmonds and his non-sore foot stand in there. Edmonds is .268 with runners in scoring position thus far. Strike one, two consecutive balls...foul...ball...full count. And Edmonds hits a short grounder back to Contreras on the left side for out No. 2. Lee stays at third, Ramirez goes to second. Hawk called it a big out. Already? Dude, 1st inning. LSU's Mike Fontenot now. LSU lost last night to North Carolina and my BFF Roy Williams was in attendance (sadly, not wearing his KU sticker. Heh). Fontenot flies out to DeWayne Wise in CF. Yes, that DeWayne Wise. Cubs strand two.
White Sox 2-1.
Crede is first up this inning. He's donning sun-glasses again. Foul ball down the LF line and Patterson runs up on the bullpen mound and can't handle the catch. Ugh. But Marquis comes back to strike out Crede swinging on a slider. DeWayne Wise and his .167 average now. Full count before Wise draws the walk. D-Lee pats Wise on the butt for his accomplishment. Sure. The other A-Ram, Alexei Ramirez, with one aboard. He skies the 1-1 pitch up to Fontenot in the deep second base area. Awkward catch, but it works. Two gone. This should be fun: the AL pitcher bats! He makes contact on the first two, but both are foul. Hehe. Contreras is 0-for-19 in his career. And he swings and misses at strike three. AL pitchers just looks silly up there.
White Sox 2-1.