Lou greeted us with the news this morning that catcher Geovany Soto is a late lineup scratch because of a hand injury. It apparently bothered Soto yesterday, but not enough to prevent his ninth-inning game-tying homer. He has had hand issues in the past, and we're still awaiting word from the trainer.
The other big issue this morning was how the Cubs would celebrate if they clinch today. If they win, they'll have to wait to see if the Reds beat the Brewers tonight.
It may be that the players gather on their own somewhere away from the ballpark. Last year, they clinched on a Friday night in Cincy, and a wild clubhouse celebration ensued. This year, it may be more businesslike, as the Cubs realize the NL Central is only the first step.
"A happy quiet would be good," said shortstop Ryan Theriot.
"You people are getting ahead of yourselves here," a grumpy Lou said. "We've got plenty of time to talk about clinchings and everthing else once we get the magic number down to zero. You can can I'm cautious. You can say whatever, but that's the way I've always approached it."
Back in a bit with lineups and news on Soto.