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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Reds, Monday 5/29


Anything happen since the last time the Reds were at Wrigley Field?

That's a silly question, of course. The Reds have kept winning since then, and the Cubs have kept losing.

Did you know how much Reds fans hate the Cubs? Check out this Red Reporter thread for some samples.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Kerry Wood
K. Wood
vs. Elizardo Ramirez
E. Ramirez
0-1 W-L 2-3
6.30 ERA 3.72
9 SO 21
5 BB 11
4 HR 4
vs. Cin -- vs. Cubs
Whatever Wood does today, he should NOT pitch to Adam Dunn. Dunn is 9-for-31 lifetime vs. Wood with five home runs. And twelve walks. Incidentally, since 2001, Dunn has:
... the most home runs (16), RBI (35), runs scored (34) and walks (33) of any opposing player at Wrigley.
Elizardo Ramirez just turned 23. He pitched a bit for the Phillies in 2004, then was dealt to the Reds for Cory Lidle (among others), and pitched a bit for Cincinnati last year, not very well. He's been better this year. He has never faced the Cubs before.

Note: after yesterday's debacle, Jae-Kuk Ryu has been shipped back to Iowa, and David Aardsma has been recalled to pitch in relief. Yeah, I know, "and death is not an option".

In Toni Ginnetti's game notes from yesterday, she wrote that:

Closer Ryan Dempster wasn't available Sunday, leaving the game to be with his wife, who was going into labor.
However, BCB photographers were there before the game to document Dempster's appearance on the field, having fun with folks in the LF bleachers:

(as always, click on thumbnail to view full-size in new browser window. If you are using IE, you may have to click the lower-right corner of the image in the new window to expand it to its full size; in Firefox click anywhere on the image.) Photo by David Sameshima

I don't recall seeing this, and if you'll look at the left edge of the photo, you'll see why. That's me, intently reading the newspaper.

You may have heard about the idiot who ran onto the field in the 9th inning yesterday. After the two well-publicized incidents at the Cell in recent years, doing such things is now a felony, if you are convicted; the formal name for it is "Criminal Trespass to a Place of Public Amusement". Conviction means a minimum fine of $1000 and the possibility of up to three years in prison.

Don't do this, kids. Pretty stupid.

Finally, I do not want to let this Memorial Day go by without recognizing those -- including my uncle, my father's brother -- who gave their lives defending our freedom, and those of you reading this who are also sacrificing and serving our country. No matter your political stripe, I think we can all agree that all our servicemen and service women, deserve a big...


Discuss amongst yourselves.