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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

14-6: Ronny “Boom-Boom” Cedeno

The Cubs train just keeps rolling. Fukudome was perfect at the plate, but no one’s clicking like Ronny Cedeno. Wow, did this kid need some games like this. All of a sudden, the Brian Roberts trade falling apart is not looking like a bad deal for the Cubs at all. Cedeno is swinging a good stick and we still have all the pitchers we might have sent over to Baltimore in exchange for Roberts. If Cedeno keeps this up, Sparky McScrappy Ryan Theriot might find himself relegated to utility duty, which might not be the worst thing in the world. If Ronny’s defense turns the corner as well, we might have a legit shortstop on our hands, friends and neighbors. I know, I know, it’s only been a couple of games. Still, Uncle Lou seems to have had the magic effect on this team, guys who have been crappy suddenly seem to be turning it on and performing. If Ronny does end up having a good season, I’ll be the first in line to get a Cedeno T-shirt, with a healthy mea culpa for all the bad things I’ve said about him. I hope it continues to go well for him and for the Cubs, who are hotter than I’ve ever seen them in April.

On another good note, it sounds like Ted Lilly pitched pretty well today. If TR can reclaim the form he had last year and maintain the rest of the way, things are going to look up. I really am digging that we still have Sean Gallagher, Jose Ceda, and Jeff Samardzija waiting down in the minors. They might all be a year or two away, but some of them are going to look awfully good in the rotation behind El Toro Loco.

I’m gonna enjoy this while it lasts and try not to gnash my teeth too much when the winning streak comes to an end. Right now it’s all sunshine and roses, bitches!

142 to go!

BallHype: hype it up!

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