Think about this for a moment. Think about all the trade discussion here, and all the back-and-forth tweets and other information you received before the Lilly/Theriot for DeWitt and others deal was finally announced early this afternoon.
Imagine, if you will, how many phone calls went back and forth between Ned Colletti and Jim Hendry, how much give and take regarding players and dollars went on before that deal was finalized only a couple of hours before the trading deadline.
Now, for those of you who have thought Steve Stone or Greg Maddux would make a good general manager, can you imagine either one of those men accomplishing what Hendry did today?
Stone can talk glibly about baseball on television. That doesn't translate into deal-negotiating skills on deals involving millions of dollars.
And Maddux, brilliant baseball mind that he is, I can't see him siting in an office, cellphone glued to his ear, doing this; he seems better suited to watching games and evaluating talent and possibly strategizing during ballgames. He'd make a much better pitching coach, bench coach or manager than he would sitting in an executive suite.
Just a thought. Enjoy tonight's game. It can't possibly be worse than last night's. Can it?
Blake DeWitt will apparently not be in Denver in time to start tonight's game; lineup via tweet from Carrie:
#cubs lineup for sat is rf colvin, ss castro, 1b lee, 3b ramy, cf byrd, lf sori, c soto, 2b fontenot, p gorzelanny
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2010 - Tom Gorzelanny||6-5||20||14||0||0||1||0||86.2||80||39||31||4||44||84||3.22||1.43|
|2010 - Jason Hammel||7-6||18||18||0||0||0||0||110.0||118||55||53||10||31||95||4.34||1.35|
Jason Hammel is having a decent season, though he has not won since the All-Star break (three starts). His only career start vs. the Cubs was last August 9 in Denver, an 11-5 Rockies win. Current Cubs are hitting .435 off Hammel (10-for-23).
Tom Gorzelanny's second start after his acquisition last year was August 10, 2009 in Denver. He got knocked out of the game in the second inning after allowing HR to Clint Barmes and Troy Tulowitzki. We hope for better results tonight.
Tonight's game is again on WGN and FSN Rocky Mountain. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Today's first pitch thread will be up at 7 pm CDT, and the overflows will post at 8 pm, 9 pm and 9:45 pm CDT.
Discuss amongst yourselves.