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Well, that worked

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 20:17
Looks like Lou better have some other kind of chat with Marmol after Carlos just gave up a pinch 3-run homer to Rich Aurilia. That's 2 homers to the last three batters Marmol has faced. One has to wonder whether all that work early this season is catching up to Marmol now. Now what? Does Lou drop Marmol into middle relief and let Wuertz work the seventh? We'll see what Lou has to say afterward. I'm predicting a short and terse postgame if the Cubs lose.

Blagojevich's gas pains

Posted by JP on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 18:54

Gov. Rod Blagojevich made an appearance in Chicago today to essentially complain about how high gas prices are. By the end, he was teetering on the verge of yelling at reporters and calling "ridiculous" and "stupid" their questions about his pal Tony Rezko's financial fraud conviction stemming from state investment kickbacks. Rezko was a key Blagojevich fundraiser.

Blagojevich said reporters should report on things people care about, like sky high gas prices, now over $4 a gallon, if not well over.

Here goes.

Things I've learned (so far) on "staycation"

Posted by Sean Stangland on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 17:34

"WALL•E" is an instant classic. The only thing keeping Pixar and Andrew Stanton's beautiful science-fiction masterpiece from a best-picture Oscar nomination will be the still-prevalent opinion that "cartoons are for kids." In fact, two people who accompanied me to Monday's White Sox victory over the Indians scoffed when I told them "WALL•E" was one of the best films I had ever seen. Animation is a medium, not a genre, and "WALL•E" proves that intelligent, adult, and even, dare I say, transcendant films can be made this way. And remember: With filmmakers leaning on CGI as a crutch more and more, nearly every Hollywood film is animated in some way. Don't discount "WALL•E" -- or any animated film, for that matter -- just because it's animated.

Reinforcements arrive

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 17:20
Aramis Ramirez returned today from the Dominican Republic, and Reed Johnson came off the DL, meaning the Cubs have two key players back. They sent Eric Patterson back to Iowa. Carlos Zambrano will pitch tomorrow's game at St. Louis _ the Cubs already have sent him ahead. If the X-rays on left fielder Alfonso Soriano's broken left hand check out OK, he'll begin taking batting practice this weekend down by the Arch. Look for pitcher Jose Ascanio to be sent to Iowa when the Cubs activate Big Z.

Don't worry, be happy

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 23:54
Don’t worry about whether or not the White Sox are more popular than the Cubs. Don’t worry about how Paul Konerko is going to be used when he returns from the DL. Don’t worry about how often Brian Anderson plays. Don’t worry about Joe Crede’s errors. Don’t worry about Bobby Jenks’ sore left side, which kept him out of Wednesday’s game. Just relax, enjoy the Sox’ latest _ and greatest _ run and get ready for a second half that should be full of entertainment. There’s plenty of bad news out there, so try to squeeze in three hours of pleasure each day.

Blagojevich's tax message: Vote Republican?

Posted by JP on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 21:58

Daily Herald Chicago reporter Rob Olmstead covered Gov. Rod Blagojevich's news conference today and sent me a transcript of the governor's comments.

Reading it over, I was stunned by this passage:

“I think there’s great cause to be concerned. If Speaker Madigan and the House leadership pick up a veto-proof majority … then they’ll be in a position to easily override a veto.”

That sounds an awful lot like the Democratic governor is urging voters to shun Democrats this fall so his intraparty rival – Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan -- doesn’t get any stronger.

During Wednesday’s news conference, Blagojevich claimed Madigan is scheming to raise taxes soon. Madigan’s spokesman denies it.

Help is on the way

Posted by Bruce on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 20:15
Reed Johnson comes off the disabled list tomorrow, and the Cubs will send Big Z to St. Louis to rest up for Friday's start, when he comes off the DL. As much as he hasn't wanted to admit it, Lou acknowledged this evening that the injuries have caught up to the Cubs, who are 4-6 over their last 10 heading into tonight's game against the Giants.

Crede's defense nothing to worry about

Posted by scotgreg on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 22:57
Joe Crede made a handful of standout defensive plays against the Indians Tuesday night. There's really no news there, considering Crede has long been one of the best third basemen in baseball. It's shocking that Crede has committed 16 errors so far _ 2 more than he's ever made in a full season _ but there is no need to panic, Sox fans. "I think Crede can make 100 errors,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He could make 20 errors, but he's going to save 100 runs.'' The high error count means Crede is highly unlikely to win a Gold Glove this season. Big deal, Guillen said. "Crede is the best (defensive) third baseman in the American League,'' Guillen said. "I don't care what people say.''

Sound familiar?

Posted by JP on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 14:35

Guess what year the following comment was made by a state lawmaker regarding the state budget:

"... a budget that is not expected to last throughout the year, but long enough to last through the elections. You know what's going to happen? Come January and February, we're not going to have money for this program or that program.

The Answer:
1994. Then-state Rep. Lauren Beth Gash, a Highland Park Democrat, was explaining to Lakeland Newspapers reporter Kevin Hanrahan why she was one of a select few lawmakers to vote against the state budget.

Keep in mind, this was back during Republican Gov. Jim Edgar's tenure, which in retrospect is perceived as being extremely fiscally responsible.

White Sox loving Swisher

Posted by scotgreg on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 21:50
The Cleveland Indians probably hate Nick Swisher right now as much as White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen hated Swisher the last three years. When he was playing for the Oakland A's, Guillen said he hated the way Swisher always seemed to come up with big hits. And Guillen really hated the way Swisher celebrated during games. It's pretty safe to say Guillen is Swisher's biggest fan this year. The outgoing switch-hitter homered from both sides of the plate against the Indians Monday night _ the second time he accomplished the difficult feat in the month of June. Swisher had a miserable May, batting .176 while hitting just 1 home run. After going deep twice on Monday, the final day of June, the first baseman/oufielder finished the month with 7 HR while batting over .300.