As Trade Deadline Nears, Jim Hendry’s Snack Pack Remains Untouchable

July 22, 2010

(Chicago, IL) – July 31 is a magical date in Major League Baseball. It marks the date by which players can be traded without being subjected to waivers, and possibly claimed by other teams before the trade goes through.

The Chicago Cubs, suffering through a profoundly disappointing 2010 season, are certainly in trade discussions – as they often are this time of year – but they are looking to trade away, not acquire.

That makes general manager Jim Hendry a very busy man these days, as he entertains requests from other teams. But for now, he says his favorite trade piece is off the table. No, his Snack Pack isn’t going anywhere. Read more

Jennie Finch Retires from Softball; Softball Also Decides to Retire

July 21, 2010

jennie finch head shot(Oklahoma City, OK) – Softball superstar Jennie Finch, best known for her dominating performances as a pitcher at Arizona and for the United States team, has decided to hang up her spikes. Perhaps as well known for her dazzling beauty as her blazing fastball, Finch played professional softball for the better part of 10 years.

But after those long years, Finch has decided to spend more time at home with her husband – former Major League pitcher Casey Daigle – and four-year-old son, brilliantly named Ace.

In a related announcement, the sport of Softball has announced that it, too, has decided to retire. Read more

Tom Ricketts’ Attempts to Return Cubs Yield Embarrassment, Store Credit

July 13, 2010

(Chicago, IL) – It’s been a miserable first half for the 2010 Chicago Cubs. There have been player-driven headaches, early-season bullpen woes, and a consistent lack of timely hitting. All told, it’s netted a 39-50 club that seems to be going nowhere.

The season has been particularly difficult for new Chicago Cubs owner, Tom Ricketts. When he bought the team this winter for nearly $1 billion, he didn’t expect it to have so many holes.

And now, he’s trying to get his money back. Read more

After Completing Anger Management, Carlos Zambrano Will Head to Shopaholics Anonymous

July 2, 2010

(Chicago, IL) – Carlos Zambrano’s anger finally got the best of him. After a visible outburst last week directed at teammates, Zambrano was suspended by the team, and ordered to attend anger management counseling.

The team hopes the counseling will allow Zambrano to finally reign in his regular angry explosions, but without causing him to lose the fire that allows him to pitch so well.

But Zambrano won’t be back until after the All Star break, even if he completes anger management by then. Why? While the official line is that he needs time away from the team, sources suggest that the reason is because Zambrano will need additional counseling. Apparently, he’s not just addicted to rage. He’s also addicted to shopping. Read more