Transactions, Thoughts and Useless Information?

While the Cubs start their visit at the Bay, I thought this would be a good time to share some information. This is my first in game post. Check back on Friday for the Thursday night wrap up.

The Cubs finished their September call-ups this week. Geovany Soto and John Koronka joined Rich Hill and Sergio Mitre to complete the callups from AAA Iowa. This is Geovany Soto's first trip to the Major Leagues.

The Cubs have announced Ronny Cedeno will participate in Winter ball this year. The Cubs would like Cedeno to learn how to play 2nd base. I agree in making Cedeno well rounded, but I do not like this idea. I would love to see Nomar back and at 2nd base. Does this mean Hendry is going after Atlanta's Rafael Furcal? Furcal plays shortstop and is a good leadoff hitter. Furcal will be a free-agent at the end of the year and demand a HUGE contract.

Kerry Wood's shoulder surgery went well and he is back with the Cubs doing his rehab. Woody is planning on being in Mesa in late February in time for Spring Training. He has also said he is looking to rejoin the starting rotation. I have almost got my sign finished, 'Kerry for Closer in '06'...stay tuned for this one.

Last night was the last game at Busch Stadium and there have been many connections with the Cubs and Cardinals over the years. Here are some...and in no particular order:

-Harry Caray started his career as the play-by-play voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. He broadcast for Cardinals' radio for 25 years.

-Hall of Famer Lou Brock was originally a member of the Chicago Cubs.

-On September 7, 1998, Mark McGuire hit his 62nd home run of the year to break the record of 61 held by Roger Maris....against the Cubs at Busch Stadium.

-Bruce Sutter, the Cardinals all-time save leader, was originally a member of the Cubs from 1976-1980.

-Hall of Fame Relief Pitcher Dennis Eckersley was a starting pitcher for the Cubs from 1984-1986.

The Cubs will conclude the season series against the Cardinals next week end, September 15-September 18.

Time for the Giants...and just win.


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