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Dear Mr. Beltran,

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

On behalf of all Chicago Cubs fans, TheCubdom.com would like to thank you for the excellent entertainment you provided us while in Chicago this past week.

During your recent visit to the Friendly Confines, 118,450 fans came out to enjoy your performance. We watched you bat 6 for 13 (.462 AVG), driving in 6 while scoring 5 runs, including 4 home runs, two walks (.533 OBP), and a single strikeout. In addition, you also stole 1 base, giving you 15 on the season which is more than any Cubs player.

During your visit, you certainly exhibited your value as a baseball player, and now all Chicago Cubs fans would like to remind you of the advantages of playing full-time at Wrigley Field for the Chicago National League Ballclub.

Our owners, the Tribune corporation, have hired one of the best General Managers in baseball, and have enabled him to increase his payroll whenever necessary. General Manager Hendry has built a team with a solid young nucleus that is expected to contend for many seasons to come. Additionally, Mr. Hendry also brought Dusty Baker to Chicago to serve as our skipper.

The Cubs feature one of the best young pitching rotations in baseball. As headliners, Kerry Wood and Mark Prior both have devastating fastballs, excellent mound presence, and the ability to strike out opposing hitters at an alarming pace. Furthermore, Carlos Zambrano, who is only 23, has been one of the best 5 pitchers in the National League this season. Aditionally, all three of these players are signed for at least another three years.

In the field, we have some exciting young talent that will also be around for a number of years to come. Derrek Lee, a gold glover at first, signed a contract extension before the season that will keep him a Cub through 2006. Corey Patterson, our centerfielder is also two years shy of free agency, developing quickly, and expected to stay a Cub for a long time. Our third baseman, Aramis Ramirez is a fan favorite and is expected to be signed to a multi-year deal following the 2004 season.

Mr. Beltran, by coming to Chicago, you would become another vital component of a dynasty in the making. You would be permitted to choose between left or center field, and would play alongside one of the all-time greats, Sammy Sosa for at least another two years.

With your important decision coming up this fall, all of Cubdom would like you to strongly consider making Chicago your home for the next decade. Cubs fans are confident that you would help to complete a team that will be competitive for years to come, playing in the best park in the League, with the best front-office, and best manager. We also fervently believe that if you give Chicago a chance, you will find that Cubs fans are the best fans in baseball.

All of Cubdom

Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!

The Cubs bested the SouthSide hitmen today in a rain-shortened affair. After posting 3 runs in the 1st, and another run in the 5th, the Cubs were in the lead 4-2 when the fourth rain delay of the day forced cancellation of the final three and a half innings.

Greg Maddux won his 7th game of the year, and 296th of his career. He pitched 5.1 innings, and waited out three rain delays, while striking out 3, walking 1, and surrendering 5 hits and 2 runs. Mike Wuertz picked up his first career save by pitching the final two outs of the sixth inning.

The Cubs offense witnessed a rare home run from Ultra-back, back, back-up shortstop Rey Ordonez (thats back-back-back to the minor leagues as far as I'm concerned). Sammy Sosa and Moises Alou also hit home runs.

Posted by Byron at July 7, 2004 1:09 AM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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Does the media guide list the hotels the cubs stay at on the road?? I'm planning a few surprise road trips for my teenage son and want to stay at the same hotels as the Cubs. The cubs office will not "divulge that information for security reasons". Geez...does anyone know where I can find this info???

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