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You know how I've been saying that "there's no game tomorrow, is there?" all winter?

Imagine my surprise, then, when an e-mail from, timestamped 11:41 am today, arrived in my inbox, saying:

The game notes for the Chicago Cubs are now updated for today's game. Your personalized Press Pass gives you access to every Major League Baseball Club's game notes as they are updated.

Click here to access the Chicago Cubs Gameday Press Pass from

Hmmm, I thought. What would I find?

As you know if you've "clicked there", the notes are from the second-to-last game of the 2005 season. Weird.

I also wanted to call your attention, if you haven't noticed already, to the ad on the left sidebar for John Sickels' Baseball Prospect Book 2006. John's terrific Minor League Ball site is part of the SB Nation, along with BCB and many other team blogs.

John's probably the foremost expert on minor league prospects anywhere; I'd highly recommend both his site and the book.

Finally, thank heavens someone else took a bad temptation away from Jim Hendry. Ramon Ortiz signed with the Nationals today. They're welcome to him.