News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Breaking News

Given to Fly

December 1, 2006

Given to Fly: Talking Cubs during hot stove league season

TERRE HAUTE — The Chicago Cubs won eight out of 10 games at Wrigley Field against the world champion St. Louis Cardinals this past season. They won the overall season series 11-8.

That’s definitely as good as it got for Cub nation in 2006. Until the signing of Alfonso Soriano, of course.

Wrigley became a pretty desolate place late in the season. When attending a game in September, one fan was asleep in the front row of the sparsely populated bleachers.

With the Cubs’ two biggest rivals winning the last two world titles, an impatient fan base has become as frustrated as fantasy owners are with Bears quarterback Rex Grossman.

A Scarborough Research poll has shown that the White Sox’s success has made them the most popular team in Chicago, edging the Bears and the Cubs, a fact that will change if the Bears can make a deep playoff run.

Ownership has supplied general manager Jim Hendry free reign to spend, putting the Cubs in position to win the National League Central and regain that competitive edge with the fans in its own city.

Those critical of the $136 million spent on Soriano need only look at the market value of similar talents: New York Mets’ center fielder Carlos Beltran and his $17 per-year deal and incapable defender but big-time run producer Manny Ramirez’s $20 million a year, for example.

The Cubs paid market value for a five-tool player that may still improve. Soriano’s 167 Ks last year were a career-worst, making many say he’s not an ideal lead-off hitter. Well, was Juan Pierre? JP’s on-base percentage was .325 last year compared to Soriano’s .351.

Runs and RBI are the most important numbers. If Soriano can score 119 runs with the Nationals, he should help produce many more at the top of a Cubs’ order with Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez behind him.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Given to Fly
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell
NDN Video
Zack Snyder Shares An All-New Batfleck Photo Bill Murray Continues To Be Just Bill Murray By Eating Some Free Bill Murray Ice Cream Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010