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Let's just take a deep breath now, m'kay?

Posted at 1:28 AM on June 29, 2005 by Josh Lee

I seem to remember a time when frustrated pitchers worked their aggression out on batters, by throwing nasty fastballs up at their eyes, or just plain beaning them. But in this day and age, when teams get warnings before the game even starts, it seems they have to find other outlets for their anger. Kenny Rogers and Oliver Perez have not found the proper outlets. Some advice to all those hotheaded hurlers out there: you might want to keep some stress balls handy, or maybe load up some soothing nature sounds on your iPods, because breaking bones on water coolers and laundry carts? Not really going to make you feel any better.

So let's hope, hope, hope for the Cubbies

Posted at 10:28 AM on June 29, 2005 by Ben Tesch

What is your outlook for the Cubs? Right now they're still hanging somewhat near St. Louis, and 3 games behind wild card leader Atlanta. They've had a problem with injuries (Garciaparra, Prior, and Kerry Wood), but they seem to be getting picked up by Derrek Lee's huge year, Maddux being Maddux, and somehow even unloaded LaTroy Hawkins. About two months ago, Bob said they couldn't survive by depending on Neifi Perez, yet he's filled in effectively and the Cubs are still treading water. What is the fate of this team?

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