Random baseball note: former major league infielder Jose Offerman was arrested in Bridgeport, Connecticut last night and charged with assault, for attacking two Atlantic League players with his bat:
Catcher John Nathans was hit in the head and sustained a concussion. He tried to keep playing, but left the game with nausea and collapsed in the dugout, team spokesman Nick Razzette said.
Beech, a left-hander, sustained a broken middle finger on his right hand. Both players were treated at a hospital and released.
That notwithstanding, what Offerman did was beyond inexcusable and he should not only be banned from baseball, but I'm glad that criminal charges have been filed. Stuff like this and the assaults that have gone on in hockey games shouldn't be excused just because they're in a sports venue and not on the street.
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Ted Lilly can't do all that, but he has been the Cubs' most consistent starter all year and probably the best free-agent pitching signing, period, for any team. He is 1-1, 1.38 in two starts vs. the Reds, both earlier this year.
Random personal note: my friend Brian, who sits with us in the bleachers, and his wife Kristy welcomed a baby girl last night, 7 pounds, 5 ounces, named Katelyn Ann, which makes my friend Dave a grandfather for the first time. No, the baby wasn't actually born in the bleachers, as we joked with them earlier this summer. Congrats to the entire family.
Random site note: if you are interested in ordering one of the BCB shirts that we've been discussing here for the last couple of weeks, please check out this diary for more information.
And, as of this writing, first round draft pick Josh Vitters remains unsigned. He must be signed by 11 pm CT tonight, or the Cubs lose his rights.
Today's game is on WGN, so most of you should have access; if not, check out today's Mediacenter link.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.