I listened to a ESPN radio interview with Todd Walker while at lunch that was very interesting. They interviewed him mostly because he was being shopped around before the deadline but also went into a few other areas.
One was on the subject of Chad Hutchinson (Who is Todd Walker's Brother-in-Law) and his release from the Bears. Walker said it was the right decision on Lovie Smith's part because once a player gets booed like he was in his 2 starting preseason games you can't recover from it in Chicago. Walker cited that he has seen it happen a couple times and gave Hawkins as a specific example.
Is that a true statement. Can Dusty or Corey Patterson ever really recover from the criticism in Chicago they have received? Is the criticism adding to the problem and thus making it even less likely we will see a recovery?
Also Walker was asked if he thought Nomar would be back next year. Walker said no pretty much but he did throw in the caveat (pseudo quote)"unless he wants to take a large pay cut"
Walker really made it sound like there was no chance Nomar would be back though.
Lastly he did mention that the cubs have a fantasy football league and the draft is tonight. DLee has the first pick and Walker was second. He also said Barrett and Wood were in it. It's kind of a reality check that baseball players have a fantasy football league :)