I thought it was curious that Clint Hurdle's initial selection as an All-Star Assistant Coach was Willie Randolph, instead of Lou. Given Randolph's firing, of course, he did select Lou to fill in. But should Lou have been a fill-in? I know that the Manager from last year's pennant winner gets to pick whom he wants, but why Randolph over Lou? Lou's team won its division last year, and Randolph's choked.
That alone wasn't enough to make me wonder. But now I see that Hurdle picked Ben Sheets to start the All-Star game, over Big Z. I'm bummed because it would have been neat to have an all-Cubs battery start the game for the NL. Rahula Strohl, at ChicagoSports.com has an interesting blog entry where he compares stats for Sheets vs. Big Z, and they are virtually identical. He wonders why Sheets over Zambrano.
Finally, Hurdle announces his batting order and the two Cubs remaining as position starters, Fukudome and Soto, are batting eighth and ninth, respectively.
Does he have something against the Cubs? Or is this just coincidence? Although I'd prefer Marmol got some rest and didn't pitch, will Aramis Ramirez get in? I suspect Aram is just too good to leave on the bench. Just ask Albert Pujols! ;-)
Just something to spice up an off-day.