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The End of Days

I cannot even begin to describe how terrible this is:

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06/27/09 11:16 PM ET

Cardinals land versatile DeRosa

Perez, player to be named dealt to Indians

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals upgraded their offense on Saturday night with the acquisition of Mark DeRosa from the Indians. Cleveland will receive right-handed reliever Chris Perez and a player to be named.

DeRosa, 34, entered Saturday hitting .270 with a .342 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage. He has largely played third base for the Indians and is expected to do the same in St. Louis, but his versatility is one of the traits that makes him appealing to the Cardinals.

“We felt that this deal provided us with an excellent opportunity to improve our team, especially from an offensive standpoint,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. “We feel our team has the pitching to contend, and if we can get the offense to produce at a more consistent level, then our overall performance should benefit.”

A University of Pennsylvania product, DeRosa bats right-handed — a welcome addition for a club that has struggled against left-handed pitching. He is in the final year of a three-year deal that pays him a guaranteed $5.5 million in 2009.

Perez, who turns 24 next month, is a hard-throwing reliever once believed to be the Cardinals’ closer of the future. In 29 appearances this year, he is 1-1 with a 4.18 ERA, 30 strikeouts and 15 walks in 23 2/3 innings.

DeRosa will wear uniform No. 7 and is expected to join the Cardinals in time for their Sunday game at home against the Twins.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs..com

Jim Hendry is an IDIOT. He traded DeRosa in the first place and now he couldn’t pull the trigger to get him back to Chicago! 

Mark DeRosa for Aaron Miles (twitter: myNASHVILLE) WTF?
We needed another infielder. Ryan Freel & Aaron Miles are both terrible. Infielders and relief pitching are what we need the most. 
Best part, Dero was traded for Chris Perez and a PTBN. And we couldn’t have given anyone/anything better? (twitter: cubbiefans)
It’s a sad day in Chicago but maybe the Cubs fans can see the silver lining – it’s time to move on. (twitter: Adambuckled) No more “bring DeRosa back”, this love affair is over. We don’t have to hate and even some might dare to cheer for him. 
I just hope they treat him well in St. Louis. 
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Oh boy Twinkies… Crosstown Classic Up Next

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After the first two games of the Cubs and Twins series I couldn’t even look at my Joe Mauer tshirt hanging in my closet. 

Twins took the first two games of the series 4-7 and 0-2 respectively. But the third game was ours… sort of. 
It was totally a pitchers duel and the wind was blowing straight in. The wind was terrible annoying cause there were at least 3 cubs hits that would have went out of the park…  UGH to the Windy City.
Ted Lilly had another All-star outing, going 7 2/3 innings and even though he gave up 9 hits, he only gave up 2 ERs and struck out 6. PS – he walked 0.

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(don’t know where this came from but it’s awesome)
And so the Twins only scored on a Carlos Gomez home run and a Punto RBI. 
Now to our bats… They have been silent. The Cubs were going through another frustrating slump. However maybe today’s game will be the end of that. 
The Cubs got two runs off of a Theriot sac fly and a Geovany Soto RBI. The game winner came in the bottom of the 9th with bases loaded. That was hit by none other than my boy, Ryan Theriot. 
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Not to mention the Cubs fired Gerald Perry. You knew something was going to happen. I feel indifferent to it. I didn’t know the guy and the problem was with our hitting. Of course someone is going to take the blame and here (right or not) it was Gerald Perry. Von Joshua will take his place. This looks promising. He’s worked with a lot of the guys before in Triple A. Earlier in the year Theriot credited him with the home runs that were going on. Let’s see how this goes. 
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So on to the next series – the Crosstown Classic. 
I have grown to dislike this series. Last year we swept the Sox the first series and then they returned the favor. And I have come to realize that the fans make this a much bigger deal than it really is. We face each other six games out of the season (we aren’t counting if there was to be a sox/cubs world series), SIX games out of 162. Why is it such a big deal who beats who? Bragging rights? Come on people. Like Ozzie mentioned, let’s be more worried about our team winning the WORLD series rather than the cubs/sox series. 
It did anger me with the Sox players comments about Wrigley last year but it seems they have moved on. Saying only that they wish we had better facilities. It’s an old park, what do you expect? Again, you’re only here 3 games out of the year… deal with it.
I respect the other Chicago team. This year they are facing our much more important rivals like the Brewers, Reds, and I wouldn’t mind seeing beat the Dodgers. So for about 9 games this season I am not only a Cubs fan but I’m a White Sox fan. 
One day I wish that Cubs and Sox fans could live in harmony. I hate being typed as an *** because some Cubs fans are and I’m sure the respectable Sox fans are tired of it too. Let’s concern our selves with our team and winning a pennant rather than bragging rights. Peace brah. 
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So to look back a bit, I went to the Sox and Indians game on June 5th. I only went to see DeRosa and Woody. My best friend happens to be a Sox fan so we decided to go. 
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I couldn’t find a DeRosa Indians shirt in time so I had to make one 🙂 It’s my DeRo Cubbies shirt. 
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Before the game (we got there EXTREMELY early), my goal was to get autographs from my favorite ex-cubs. 
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

They came over and talked with us hand full of Cubs fans that were there. They were the nicest guys! We made sure they knew just how much we miss them on the North side and just how stupid we thought their trades were. 
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It was a fun game. 
I am going to see Mike Fontenot tomorrow. He’s coming to a shop in the mall where I live. 
Until tomorrow (actually probably Tuesday or Wednesday), 
GO CUBS!