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Piniella's lineup for the Cubs' Cactus League opener Thursday against San Francisco in Scottsdale:

SS Ryan Theriot
3B Ronny Cedeno
RF Kosuke Fukudome
1B Derrek Lee
LF Matt Murton
C Geo Soto
2B Alex Cintron
CF Felix Pie
P Ryan Dempster

Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez get an extra day before joining the lineup Friday when the Cubs open their home exhibition schedule.

Also scheduled to pitch after Dempster's two innings: Sean Gallagher (two innings), Jose Ceda (one), Neal Cotts (one), Carmen Pignatiello (one), Jose Ascanio (one) and Kevin Hart (one).


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Aramis Ramierz a day off? Jesus, he gets too many during the regular season. He and Zambrano should take all of their whining and bellyaching back to the Dominican. Aramis is the LAZIEST ballplayer I have seen in Squigley Field since Barry Bonds. Zambano has too many crybaby diatribes he has to defend afterwards. Mr. Zell, it is your team. Tear Down the damn ballpark, rebuild it, and make your money, just as God intended it to be. Go SOX!!!!!

Well, I don't usually dignify the idiots' comments, but anyone blaspheming against Aramis and Big Z needs to get slapped. Calling Aramis lazy, SOX FAN, is like calling Joe Crede lazy for missing time last year. Aramis--otherwise known as "Ramierz"--PLAYS INJURED ALL THE TIME, you fools, and if this is a lazy man, as opposed to someone who could justify taking time off but instead sucks it up and gets out there, then I want twenty five lazy men on my roster, please. Crede would also love to be able to produce runs on a par with Ramirez, who's worlds away from the Sock in terms of clutch hitting, OBP, RBI, average, slugging, OPS, whatever you want, really. If they invent a new offensive statistic, or if they change the rules of the game, he'll be better than Crede at that too. I'm not even convinced he's not better than Crede defensively. He makes the same plays even when he is injured, so who knows what he could do if he were healthy?

As far as Zambrano and the "whining and bellyaching," that's about as vague a comment as I've every heard. Any specific examples? Or is it that, again, Carlos is better than anyone on the Sock staff? One no hitter doesn't make a dominant pitcher, which is what Carlos is: at any given time, if he turns it on, it's over, you're done. Against Houston last year he held them scoreless and hit a home run to win the game. He's the freaking Incredible Hulk. So let's have a little respect for these superstar players, and a little less jealousy of them. I can smell it from here, and it stinks. Don't reply now, Sprehe; just wait until the all star break, or until these and other Cubbies take over the National League and make a meal of your team in the Crosstown Classic. In the meantime, put a Sox in it.

If you like the Sox so much - why bother reading about the Cubs? Just forget about the Cubs and worry about your team and making it to the factory on time for the second shift.

Why isn't anyone talking about this name selling? I think no matter what its name is everyone will still call it Wrigley Field, just like US Cellular is still Commisky Park. But will it change Wrigleyville is the big question?

I read an interesting stat in the new Bill James book. Lifetime, Zambrano has a ERA of 2.81 against teams with a winning percentage over .600.

I'LL TELL YOU THIS,IF THEY CHANGE THE NAME OF THE BALLPARK THEN YOU MIGHT AS WELL CHANGE THE NAME OF THE BALL CLUB TOO. THAT'S RIGHT ,HOW ABOUT THE CHICAGO PIGEONS? HELL WHILE YOUR AT IT, WE'VE HAD THE NAME CHICAGO LONG ENOUGH TOO , HOW ABOUT LET'S CALL IT ST.MACANALLI OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. SEEMS NOTHING IS MEENS ANYTHING TO ANYONE ANYMORE. WELL IT DOES TO ME. THIS KIND OF CRAP'S IS JUST WHAT'S WRONG WITH SPORTS AND THIS COUNTRY. MY DAD TOOK ME TO MY FIRST BASEBALL GAME AT WRIGLEY,AND THATS WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL TO ME. THERE'S MILLIONS LIKE ME ,BUT THERE IS ALWAYS THE ALMIGHTY BUCK ,AND MONEY TALKS,AND THE FANS? WELL WE'LL PUT UP WITH IT, BUT FOR NO MORE THAN 100 YEARS

TJ, specific examples for Zambrano? Well, let's see. How about the time when as he was lifted by Crusty Bucket,and yelled at the ump, and showed the ump he needed glasses? Or, every time some one behind him boots a play. He takes it personally, and then walks the next 2 batters as steam rolls out of his ears? Or he gets into a fist fight in the dugout with Michael Barret, and causes him, as well as himself to miss the game? He is NOT a team player. He is Sammy Sosa withhout a pussarm. He needs his head examined too. My first ballgame was when I was 5 or 6 in Squigley. The Cubs lost to the Reds 4-3. Bill Hands pitched 9 innings and LOST. Jim Hickman hit a home run in the 8th inning to pull within 4-3. Johnny Bench caught a fall ball off of Billy William's bat and slid into the Red's dugout. I got tired of the Cubs in the 70's with Ray Burris and Bill Bonham being trolled to the mound and Mick Kelleher being a #2 or 3 hitter for most of the year. Then they're is Corky Sosa, who couldn't hit a cutoff man to save his life, yet hits 50-60 home runs and the TEAM loses 9-3 all of the time. I became a Sox fan because no one liked them on the NW side of Chicago. I got tired of the 'Curse' excuse and all the crap coming from the Bar at Clark and Addison.........

One more thing, TJ. Why did you have to attack me? I never said anything about you? OK, at the end of the year, when the Cubs win the Division with a rcord of 83-79, and get booted from the playoffs again in the first round, go drink your p*sswater Old Style and cry until the Bears are out of the playoff picture, in NOVEMBER!!!. Now, I do not want to get into a battle of wits with someone who is unarmed, but the SOX WON in 2005, the Cubs last did it in 1908!!!!!!

Is anybody going to bother commenting about the original post at all? After spending the winter worrying about whether Lou would be able to find enough ABs for DeRosa if the Cubs trade for Roberts, suddenly there are injuries at three positions (including DeRosa himself) that DeRosa plays. Ya think in the course of a full season there might be enough ABs available to keep a "super-sub" busy? Well, last time I checked, Roberts is still on the Orioles roster. Go get him.

And by the way -- It will take more than one World Series win (or 12)to make the Sox into Winners.

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