Soggy night vs. Cincy

There’s no batting practice on the field today because of the Midwest’s continued rainy conditions. But tonight’s lineup will be all set to go:

Soriano, LF
Fukudome, CF
Lee, 1B
Hoffpauir, RF
Ramirez, 3B
Fontenot, 2B
Soto, C
Theriot, SS
Harden, RHP

Right-hander Micah Owings (0-1, 7.20 ERA) starts for the Reds.

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There’s a lot of excitement in the front office today for the Cubs’ first Spanish radio broadcast under a deal with station La Tremenda 1200 AM. The games also will be broadcast on the Internet for anyone with MLB’s Gameday Audio package.

A few of us at Vine Line got to listen to Carlos Zambrano, Geovany Soto and Carlos Marmol speak in their native language about some of their most memorable moments in a Cubs uniform, who they looked up to as kids, what’s special about Latino fans, and what it means to be a Chicago Cub. More than anything, you can tell the pride (orgullo) that the players have representing their countries (Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, respectively). And they have a lot of enthusiasm for the Cubs’ Spanish-language efforts on, on the radio and in nearby Humboldt Park.

Caring for the community

The Chicago Cubs and the McCormick Foundation today hosted their annual Cubs Care grant award luncheon, distributing $1.06 million to non-profit organizations that aid those in the Lakeview community.

Left-hander Sean Marshall and TV broadcaster Len Kasper presented the checks to representatives from 41 different area organizations, supporting children with special needs, youth sports programs, victims of domestic violence and other charitable causes.

One such recipient was GiGi’s Playhouse, a local organization supporting families of children with down syndrome. Nancy Gianni accepted the Cubs Care check on behalf of GiGi’s Playhouse, and she gave some energetic and heartfelt remarks on what the Cubs’ support means and raising her daughter who has down syndrome. It was a moving speech that left those in attendance without a dry eye.

If you want more information on how to support Cubs Care, either through a donation or one of several Wrigley Field events, visit the fund’s page at

— Sean Ahmed

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