The headline, incidentally, is what is known as a "joke", in case you thought I was serious. This will be the last time Mark DeRosa will be mentioned by me on this site, until the Cubs play the Cardinals.
Now, on to more pertinent matters. Look who's on Lou's side regarding the Milton Bradley flap: Ozzie Guillen:
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had no problem with the way Cubs manager Lou Piniella handled the Milton Bradley drama Friday. As a matter of fact, he applauded it.
There should have been 24 others who policed it beforehand, rather than it escalating to the point it did with the Cubs' skipper.
"That was awesome," Guillen said Saturday when asked about the Bradley chaos. "We make [Bradley] pissed. That's not too hard to do.
"Everybody handles the ballclub different. Lou handled it the right way because you have 24 guys you have to respect. You're not a manager of one player. You're the manager of a team. It's all about the team. It's not about one player. He showed the team that Lou cares about his ballclub."
I'm not a big Ozzie fan, but he has this exactly right. Meanwhile, Jim Hendry doesn't sound too thrilled with the whole thing:
Hendry, who backed Piniella's handling of the situation and issued no further discipline, seemed to take the same approach, with an optimistic outlook, given two seasons and 91 games left with Bradley.
"There's risks in all free-agent signings," he said. "Hopefully, this one will [work out] in the long run. Certainly when you're hitting .220, you wouldn't say it's going as planned so far.
"I'm sure the frustration level is at its wit's end for him. And obviously that doesn't condone certain actions that you don't want a player doing. But we're still in a pretty good spot to make a run at things in the second half, and we certainly could use the Milton Bradley bat that we signed up for.
"Maybe you look back at a day like [Friday], and some good can come out of it, too."
We can only hope Hendry is right. In addition to a bat, it's pretty clear the Cubs need bullpen help. May I suggest that the Cubs call the A's and ask about Brad Ziegler? Ziegler had a terrific scoreless streak to start his career last year, but has struggled at times in 2009. He might be available.
Shameless promotion: I will be leaving the Cell early today, but for a good reason -- Kasey Ignarski and I will be signing copies of "Cubs By The Numbers" at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square on the north side of Chicago, 4736 N. Lincoln, from 4-6 pm this afternoon. Stop by and pick up a copy! This also means today's recap will be delayed.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2009 - Carlos Zambrano||4-2||18||12||0||0||0||0||77.2||66||32||30||6||33||63||3.48||1.27|
|2009 - John Danks||5-6||14||14||0||0||0||0||81.1||77||42||40||11||28||75||4.43||1.29|
John Danks tied the Cubs in knots on June 17 at Wrigley. In two starts vs. the Cubs he's 1-0, 1.48. Milton Bradley has gone 3-for-6 vs. Danks, and overall Bradley has hit much better vs. LHP this year (.327/.400/.490, though in a fairly small-sample-size 48 at-bats).
The next day, June 18, Z threw seven good innings at Wrigley vs. the White Sox but left trailing 3-1. Thanks to the bullpen, they made it 5-1 before the Cubs mounted the first of their three straight comeback wins. Paul Konerko has hit four career HR off Z in 25 AB -- that's the most that any AL player has hit off him.
Len & Bob will be on WGN today. The other guys are on CSN Chicago. For amusement, if a close umpiring call goes against the White Sox and you are in Chicago or have the CSN feed on EI, flip over to hear the whining. For other games today see the MLB.com Mediacenter.
To find out what Sox fans are thinking, visit our SBN Sox site South Side Sox.
Overflow comment threads will post today at 2 pm, 3 pm and 3:45 pm CDT.
Discuss amongst yourselves.