Phil Rogers confirms this morning my post from yesterday that the Cubs are hot after Kosuke Fukudome:
Fukudome sat out part of 2007 with an elbow injury but still wound up hitting .294 with 13 homers and a .443 on-base percentage for the Chunichi Dragons. He has hit for power in Japan (31 homers in 130 games in 2006), but some U.S. scouts compare him to Seattle outfielder Raul Ibanez, who has had three seasons of 105-plus RBIs but only one hitting more than 24 home runs.
Not about Kuroda -- not from what I hear, that deal could be close to happening. And Pie's not going anywhere. If anything, a Fukudome signing would go a long way to shipping Jacque Jones out the door.
Last week, I spoke to Steve Marantz of SportsMediaGuide.com; he's interviewed other bloggers including Larry Borowsky of Viva El Birdos and MSM journalists Rick Morrissey and Susan Slusser, among others. We talked about blogging and the Cubs, and for some reason he also wanted to know what my favorite restaurants were. You can read the entire interview here.
At last! The Blackhawks get out of the 1950's by putting seven home games on TV this year, starting with Sunday's game vs. Detroit on CSN, and in the future:
CSN still would show the bulk of the games, but a smaller package would be pitched to channels such as WCIU-Ch. 26 and WPWR-Ch. 50. WCIU already airs a limited schedule of White Sox, Cubs and Bulls games.
Finally, you don't often find Cub-related items in Michael Sneed's political and entertainment oriented gossip column. But today, buried beneath another Kobe Bryant item (allegedly, he's buying Michael Jordan's Highland Park house), there was this item of interest:
- To wit: The Trumpster talked about his dugout dreams during opening remarks at a Donald E. Stephens Convention Center seminar Sunday evening in Rosemont.
- The whack: The ego man shot a barb at billionaire Mark Cuban, who is part of a group hoping to buy the Cubbies, by chiding him for not winning anything in his life.
- The smack: Trump told the audience he was going to look into buying the Cubs Monday morning.