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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Reds, Tuesday 7/19

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Many of you asked, after I posted the "Why Are We Here?" thread last week, if it could be placed on the front page so you could check it out at a glance.

Ask and you shall receive. I've posted a link to it in its own special box on the right sidebar.

About Jody Gerut: I just got off the phone with Brian, and Jody has expressed excitement about coming home to play, but understandably nervous, considering that playing for the Cubs is a bit more high-pressure an atmosphere than playing for Cleveland. He's also been told that he is NOT a short-term acquisition; that the Cubs are committed to him for at least this year and next. He'll wear uniform #9, the same number he had with the Indians.

To make room on the roster, the Cubs optioned Ben Grieve back to Iowa.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Mark Prior
M. Prior
vs. Luke Hudson
L. Hudson
6-3 W-L 1-4
3.07 ERA 9.85
87 SO 11
25 BB 18
11 HR 7

Must... resist... urge... to... comment... on... how... awful... Luke... Hudson's... stats... are...

So, discuss amongst yourselves.

UPDATE [2005-7-19 16:37:43 by Al]: Had to do this. Choi Hoon, the hilarious Korean cartoonist at, has drawn his takes on each of the MLB divisional races.

Here is the NL Central cartoon:

Translations welcome.