Back home

Three people separately told me today that it feels like ages since the Cubs have been home. In fact, it’s been 12 days: June 26 against Baltimore. But they were in Chicago as recently as June 29, for the second leg of the Crosstown Series.

Lineup against the Reds today:

Theriot, SS
Fukudome, RF
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Soto, C
Edmonds, CF
DeRosa, LF
Fontenot, 2B
Dempster, RHP

From the clubhouse

There were a lot of TV cameras in the clubhouse this afternoon — they are only allowed for night games — to interview the Cubs’ seven All-Stars.

Big Z talked about how he was excited to be representing the National League, though each player’s goal the whole time has just been to get wins.

When asked about CC “no periods anymore” Sabathia being dealt to the Brewers, he spun a positive that you will hear up and down the Cubs organization: “We don’t have to be good; we have to be great.” He said the biggest thing it needs to push the Cubs to do is be more consistent.

As for his work load coming back from injury and his great start against St. Louis, he’s setting his goal for tomorrow at doing his best to throw 80-100 pitches in seven innings.

Moment of silence

The Cubs will honor the late Richard Francis, a local police officer shot and killed in the line of duty late last week, on the field at 6:50. Commanders from the 19th and 23rd district and some of his closest colleagues will be in attendance.

The news last week shook many around the ballpark, and we hope you’ll join us in honoring his service to the public.

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