The 50-game drug suspension of Manny Ramirez today has two immediate impacts on the Cubs and Cub fans:
First, it means the Los Angeles Dodgers superstar will not be allowed to play this season at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers' only trip to Wrigley is May 28-31. He has played one series at Wrigley this decade, going 3 for 14 with a home run in 2005 with the Red Sox.
It also means the Cubs' pitching staff won't have to contend with the biggest National League hitting force west of Albert Pujols in at least half of their games against the Dodgers this season (only other series is Aug. 20-23 at Los Angeles).
It's an apparent break that couldn't have come at a much better time for the Cubs, who are still trying to sort out some bullpen issues and have Carlos Zambrano on the shelf with a hamstring injury that could stretch through that Memorial Day weekend series.
... Just makes you wonder why they weren't able to catch Manny with his hand in the PED jar before the playoffs last fall.