Not sure if I'll be able to throw up any more previews as we're preparing for a very busy off-season here at TCR. Okay, I got to work this weekend and I'm far too wrapped up in trying to secure third place in the TCR Fantasy Pool.
- A San Diego paper
tells us that in 2002 Jim Hendry approached Kevin Towers in trying to acquire Bruce Bochy to manage the Cubs and was told he wasn't going anywhere. According to the article:
One Cubs official said Bochy would be his first choice if something can be worked out. Bochy is guaranteed about $1.9 million in 2007.
- Speaking of managerial speculation, this Trib article
has a doozy for you. Bob Brenly in as manager of either the Cubs or Giants and Steve Stone back in the booth.
- Juan Pierre became the first Cub to reach 200 hits since Ryne Sandberg. Yeah for meaningless milestones. The Cubs offense has actually been decent since Pierre started hitting, unfortunately it didn't happen until June. They say speed never takes a day off, but you know what does take games off? Singles hitters with little patience.
- I know we're way past this, but bottom of the 9th, 2 on, 0 outs, a tough lefty on the mound in Brian Fuentes. Guess who's coming up? That would be Jacque Jones and I believe my exact words in the parachat were "just strike out and give Murton a try". Jones predictably grounded into a double play squashing the rally. Think Baker has seen him fail enough yet?
- If you're the praying type, say one for Derrek Lee and his family. His daughter has been diagnosed with something
known as LCA (Leber's Congenital Amaurosis), an "inherited form of blindness that is usually apparent shortly after birth."
So far it's just affected one of her eyes and let's hope it only gets better from here on out.
Otherwise see you in the Parachat on Sunday...