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Arismendy Alcantara Will Stay With The Cubs

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With apologies (sort of) to Barry Manilow.

Jonathan Daniel

News item: Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer says that Arismendy Alcantara is on the Cubs' big-league roster for good.

"It's time for 'Mendy' to play," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. "He'll play second, he'll play center. I think he'll be in the lineup every day. One of the things we feel strongly about is that when we do bring guys up, they're here to play. We're not going to bring up these guys who are part of our future to share time on the bench."

This is good news, as it shows the rebuilding program is beginning to bear fruit, and I'm pleased that "Mendy" (as Hoyer himself put it) has done so well.

That quote also inspired this. Many apologies. I promise I won't do this again.

I remember all my life
A team that was as cold as ice
A shadow of a club
A team full of losers
Crying in the night
The night goes into

Morning, just another day
Happy Cubs fans pass my way
Looking in their eyes
I see a new guy
We never realized
How happy you'd make us, oh Mendy

Well you came and you gave without taking
And you're going to stay, oh Mendy
And you got hits and stopped us from shaking
And we need you today, oh Mendy

I'm standing on the edge of time
Years ago when wins were mine
Caught up in a Cubs world of uphill climbing
Mike Olt is heading to Iowa
And nothing is rhyming, oh Mendy

Well you came and you gave without taking
And they're letting you play, oh Mendy
You stole bases and stopped us from shaking
And we need you today, oh Mendy

Tomorrow's a dream
Now we face the morning
With you playing second base
Or some center field, oh Mendy

Well you came and you gave without taking
And they're letting you play, oh Mendy
And you caught balls and stopped us from shaking
And we need you today, oh Mendy

Well you came and you gave without taking
And you're going to stay, oh Mendy
And you got hits and stopped us from shaking
And we need you today, oh Mendy