Chicago baseball's saviors are here! Sort of

June 28, 2012|By Bag Boy | For RedEye

The saviors are here … hoorah, hoorah, sigh.

First the Sox. Kevin Youkilis has arrived. We asked for it, we got it, so far so good. Worst case: The guy shows his age, continues to hit .220, bad back kills him, whatever. Folks, that's a major improvement over what we had! Which was … nothing! Seriously, .250 is like a Hall of Famer in these parts.

Caution note: Adam Dunn is heading back home … to the Mendoza Line: Come on, Donkey! Let's put .200 in the rear-view mirror for good! Thank God he rediscovered center and left-center field. We've missed you.

Will Ohman: designated for assignment. Goodbye. Never liked the idea of ex-Cubs on the Sox. Especially pitchers who can't pitch.

The other savior, Anthony "Frank" Rizzo. Well … he's a nice young man. We'll be nice. For a month or two. The good news: We may have one position (first base) on the field figured out.

Bad news: There are eight other positions to get busy on. Plus pitching. Ugly.

It's time to share. I'll share this. I went to the Cubs game Monday, continuing like an amazing seven-year stretch of going to a Cubs game and not paying to get in. Yes, I have friends in low places.

Anyway, I wasn't amazed to find … the racket continues! Guys on the street selling Cubs-Mets tickets for $80, $100 a pop. I wanted to be mad, and then I realized: They were just trying to get face value!

This is "premium pricing," I take it? Please. The Cubs aren't premium anything, but I guess they'll need the revenue to revamp the whole team. Glad I can abstain. Also, Randy Wells was designated for assignment. Lots of assignments around here. That happens when you can't control pitches. He and Ohman can commiserate.

We'll close on an optimistic note. Brian Urlacher is feeling good, and he's feeling great about the Bears.

OK, well, let's be clear. He's also dating former Chicago girl and playmate Jenny McCarthy. That would make anyone optimistic about anything.

Even the Cubs!

Bag Boy is a RedEye special contributor.

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