I know this breaks Al's rule of posting full stories, but I think this one should be OK
Mesa, AZ (AP) - In a brief clubhouse ceremony after the Cubs 9-8 win over the Texas Rangers Monday, starting pitcher Jason Marquis was officially named the "Most Hated Cub" for the start of the 2008 season.
The position was held for most of the 2007 season by now-departed OF Jacque Jones, though he was supplanted towards the end of the season by pitcher Steve Trachsel. Other past luminaries include Jose Macias, Juan Pierre, Cesar Izturis, Freddie Bynum, Enrique Wilson, Corey Patterson and of course, Neifi Perez.
"I am honored to receive this honor," a choked up Marquis said after accepting the gold plated ear plugs that go with the position. "I promise to continue to say foolish and inane things in the media, to regularly implode about the 70 pitch mark, and to insist upon the fact that I deserve a starting spot, even if I don't deserve it."
It is a familiar role for Marquis, who was a two-time "Most Hated Cardinal" while in St. Louis.
A visibly disappointed Les Walrond, the runner up, left the locker room without comment. A club spokesman said the mediocre journeyman was still in the running for "Most Hated I-Cub".