Chicago's Inside Pitch

A Cubs dynasty?

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 09/20/2008 - 20:45
Whoa, there, they haven't won a World Series yet and none for 100 years. But Lou said he feels this team can become the Red Sox and Yankees of the National League in the coming years. In other words, a dominant team. "Chicago is a major city," Lou said. "I've said, and I told (GM) Jim Hendry this, and I've told (chairman) Crane Kenney this, 'This team here should dominate the National League Central the way the Yankees and Red Sox have dominated the American League,'" Lou and the champagne were talking tonight. "And that's not to take anythying away from the teams in our division, because they're all good, competitive teams, and they've got good ownership, and they're well managed.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

World Series or bust? Not so, says Lou

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 09/20/2008 - 14:26
Lou was on fire this morning. For some reason, it seems stuck in his craw that the public would like for the Cubs to win the World Series one of these years. Don't know why that would be. The guy that hired Lou, former team president John McDonough, made it the organization's singular goal when he took over after the disastrous 2006 season. The Cubs are spending about $125 million this year on top of it. But here's Lou's take:

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Buehrle just keeps on rolling

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 23:11
When he's off his game, no pitcher in major-league baseball gets hit harder than Mark Buehrle. It was right here at Kauffman Stadium on Aug. 2 when the White Sox' lefty lasted just 4 1/3 innings while being pounded for 8 runs on 14 hits. It was also the only time in 15 years covering the Sox that I thought I could go down to the field and get a hit off a pitcher. Fortunately for the Sox, Buehrle's bad ones are typically few and far between. In his return to Kansas City Friday night, Buehrle went over 200 innings for the season while going 6 in a win over the Royals. Not only did Buehrle look sharp pitching on just three days’ rest, he became the only active pitcher to log at least 200 innings while making at least 30 starts and winning at least 10 games in eight straight season.

Widescreen

It's like they're reading my mind

Posted by Sean Stangland on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 17:07

So I've conceded that my 30th birthday in February will definitely include a trip to Disneyland, and this bit of news reported by Disney blogger Jim Hill seals the deal.

In 2009, every guest at a Disney theme park gets in for free on his or her birthday. I've already put in for the appropriate days off, and I'll appreciate the extra 50 bucks in my pocket on Feb. 2.

So am I a total lame-o for wanting to spend my 30th birthday at a theme park?

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Soto out with hand injury (and other stuff)

Posted by Bruce on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 11:44
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.

Suburban Political Recount

Capitol tragedy recalled

Posted by JP on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 11:35

With all the political and personality battles going on at the Capitol, it’s often easy to lose perspective. On Saturday, it’ll have been four years since an unarmed guard was gunned down at the building’s North entrance for no reason.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A man suspected of fatally shooting an unarmed guard at the state Capitol was arrested Tuesday morning after he knocked on doors in a residential neighborhood and asked for a ride to the police station, authorities said.
Police had been searching for Derek W. Potts since Monday afternoon, when they allege he marched into the state Capitol and shot 51-year-old William Wozniak in the chest, then stowed his gun in his car trunk and drove away.

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mu • tants

Posted by Sean Stangland on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 03:05


Getting Prepped

Can the East run the table?

Posted by coachbu on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 00:30
Probably not to get a 9-9 finish in this year's round of MSL crossovers. Only Prospect in Week 2 and Buffalo Grove and Rolling Meadows last week were able to beat the West. But there are some solid matchups all over this week. Still not sure if it will help figure out things - although Barrington certainly made a statement last week with a solid win over Prospect. Fremd at Meadows has two perennial playoff teams and two excellent QBs in Mike Tauchman and Jimmy Garoppolo. Also a bit of a rivalry game with kids in Meadows on west side of Ill. 53 attending Fremd.

Getting Prepped

St. Francis' Purnell gets Bears honor

Posted by coachbu on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 20:51
The Western Suburbs have an early monopoly on Bears Coach of the Week honors this year as Greg Purnell of St. Francis in Wheaton got it this week. Week 1 was Montini's Chris Andriano and Week 2 was former Waubonsie Valley coach and current Danville coach B.J. Luke. Last week St. Francis pulled a 27-7 stunner of Driscoll, which has won seven straight state titles, to improve to 3-0 as it has outscored its foes 129-20. Purnell's first St. Francis team was 3-6 but it's clear what he accomplished in Iowa (3 state titles, 2 runner-up finishes, 144 wins and induction into Iowa Coaches Association Hall of Fame) has started to play well in Illinois. Interestingly enough, this week will be a battle of Bears honorees and a huge Suburban Catholic Conference matchup with unbeaten Montini.

Suburban Political Recount

Question and answer time with the gov's spokesman

Posted by JP on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 17:28
I sent Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero some questions about the timing of the governor's special sesson orders for Monday and got a voice mail back with answers. Q: Does this means the Senate President and governor aren't working together? A: "I don't know what that means." Q: What does the governor want to be acted upon? Is it Hoffman's HB6699? (When the House overrode the governor's ethics changes, his chief ally -- Collinsville Democrat Jay Hoffman -- took them and filed new legislation) A: yes Q: That's still on first reading in the House. Constitutionally, that plan would need three days in the House and another three in the Senate. So, is the governor going to call daily special sessions until it's approved?