I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

And it's a train. END OF YEAR IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT] IT DOESN'T MATTER (W - DO WE CARE? L - NO WE DON'T) AT THE SKOKIE POLICE AND FIRE RECREATIONAL SOFTBALL TEAM (W - BAD- L - WORSE) Wrigley Field, 1:20 pm, or just whenever. Come in late, bring the family, all the ticket-takers quit yesterday. Weather: A swirling mix of 77% Nitrogen, 22% Oxygen and 1% Cub Fog TV: Something other than WGN. Who decided I don't get to watch the last Cubs game? Radio: WGN, XM 188
Fragile Veteran Pitcher D (Stats: 90% has-been, 10% never-was) against Some Guy We've Never Heard OF, RHP (His Stats Don't Matter. He Doesn't Have Any. He will win.)
Who cares about the game? The catering in Parachat is to die for. Try the Womacked Crab Cakes, they're a specialty.

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I will be at the big event stopping in on my way to the Bears game. Baker's last game is no big deal to me. It's like taking the Captain of the Titanic's command away from him as the water is washing over the deck. He's definitely at fault for hitting the ice berg, but the real blame lies with those who didn't give him any lifeboats.* * In this strained analogy, lifeboats to the Captain of the Titanic= players to Dusty Baker... or something.

And then there was one... We've spent half the season speculating on what is going to happen in the off-season. As much as I hate to see the baseball season end (yes, even this miserable season), I'm looking forward to seeing what Hendry and the Cubs are actually going to do to make 2007 a better year. I suppose an announcement on Dusty's future will come first and then maybe something will happen with Ramirez. My guess is that whatever happens with Ramirez will dictate what Hendry does the rest of the off-season. Part of me expects Hendry to make a big splash in the FA market. Another part expects to be underwhelmed by Hendry's efforts. I guess we'll see.

I was awaiting the big FA splash last year. It never happened. Because we had Wood, Prior coming back in "May", and then Wade Miller in "June". I'm thinking Hendry could have offered a two-year deal to Pierre early on for probably less than he will inevitably get. But now of course, we're waiting on Pie. You can bet - based on other premier speed guys who hit first in the order (Lofton, Butler, Roberts, etc.) he will play well into his 30's.

Ain't no party like a Para-chat party!

PAT HUGHES: An annoucement will be made by the team after the game.

MacPhail's gone.

thats a start

YES...ANDY IS GONE!

wow, I didn't expect McFail to be gone BEFORE Dusty.

Woohoo, one idiot gone, two to go.

This is a good Chicago sports day, the Vikings lose, MacFail is gone, Dusty is done, and the Bears play tonight. Please fire Jabba the Donut tomorrow.

OHHH, FitSimons last answer to the question of will they sell the Cubs? I'll paraphrase his answer: "we did retain financial advisors this week to look at our properties. We will not discuss the sale of any property." So they will consider it and maybe do it, but they won't talk to the press about it. That sentance is going to be a big headline tomorrow.

So now the Cubs are being run by the head of marketing.It looks like Hendry emerges as the winner of a clubhouse coup. He's a pal of John McDoughnuts. Here's McDonough's pic if you don't know him. <a href="http://av.smumn.edu:16080/magazine/umags00/mcdonough.jpg" rel="nofollow">John McDonough</a>

Yahoo! This is your celebration Yahoo! This is your celebration Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate) Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate) There's a party goin' on right here A celebration to last throughout the years So bring your good times, and your laughter too We gonna celebrate your party with you Come on now Celebration Let's all celebrate and have a good time Celebration We gonna celebrate and have a good time It's time to come together It's up to you, what's your pleasure Everyone around the world Come on! Yahoo! It's a celebration Yahoo! Celebrate good times, come on! It's a celebration Celebrate good times, come on! Let's celebrate We're gonna have a good time tonight Let's celebrate, it's all right We're gonna have a good time tonight Let's celebrate, it's all right Baby... We're gonna have a good time tonight (Ce-le-bra-tion) Let's celebrate, it's all right We're gonna have a good time tonight (Ce-le-bra-tion) Let's celebrate, it's all right Yahoo! Yahoo! Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate) Celebrate good times, come on! It's a celebration! Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate) Come on and celebrate, good times, tonight (Celebrate good times, come on!) 'Cause everything's gonna be all right Let's celebrate (Celebrate good times, come on) (Let's celebrate)...

If the Cubs ever decide they miss Dusty, they can always hire someone from the players' union as manager, who will allot at-bats according to years of service and amount of dues paid in. The guy can wear #12 and it will be like Dusty never left.

The MacPhail announcement really came out of the blue. For now, McDonough is being called the interim president, but he's talking like he's going to be there for a while. I think (or at least hope) that McDonough understands that the best way to market the Cubs is to win. And from the way he is talking, he seems to have a real appreciation for the fans. I hope I'm not just being naive, but McDonough is at least saying all of the right things. Of course, the proof will be in what moves are made in the off-season. Until McDonough and Hendry prove me wrong, I'm expecting some big moves.

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