Random thoughts while wondering whether the Chicago Cubs actually will be able to achieve their first three-game winning streak of the season with a victory Wednesday (May 30) vs. the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field:
* Speaking of streaks, the White Sox have won seven in a row. Or what is known recently by Cubs fans as a good three weeks for their team.
* Still speaking of streaks, tennis ace Serena Williams lost Tuesday in the first round of the French Open. She had been 46-0 in the first round of Grand Slam events. Anyone who saw that coming might want to consider a career as a clairvoyant.
* Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano has been playing well lately. He has seven home runs in his last 14 games after zero in his first 30. If the Cubs can find a team to zero in on Soriano as a player to trade for, it might be one of their biggiest accomplishments of the season.
* Speaking of playing well lately, Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo has eight home runs and 22 runs batted in in his last 15 games. He fanned 31 times in his first 31 games but only four times in his last 15.
* Speaking of Viciedo-related stats that involve the number 4: That is precisely the total he has for walks this season in 161 at-bats. Newcomer Orlando Hudson has the same total in 24 at-bats.
* Any chance the White Sox can win the American League Central? Certainly. After all, they are in first by one-half game over the Cleveland Indians. Any chance the Sox win the AL Central with a home record worse than .500 (they are 12-13). Perhaps, but general manager Ken Williams still would be unhappy with the small crowds that a team with a losing home record draws.
* Any chance the Cubs can move out of the National League Central cellar, considering they are 11-15 at home and 17-32 overall? Certainly. But it might require moving to the NL West, where they would be marginally better than the Padres (17-34).
* Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, the winning pitcher in Tuesday’s 5-3 victory had added incentive — his bobblehead was a giveaway at the game. “You don’t want to pitch bad and go outside and see your bobblehead smashed all over the place,” he said. “I wanted to just keep the game close and hopefully people will go put them in their room instead of the trash.”
Adrenaline Rush Dancer Corina is one of the guests scheduled to appear on “Sports & Torts” on Thursday at noon Chicago time with co-hosts David Spada and Elliott Harris on talkzone.com. Also on deck are former baseball standouts Tony Oliva and Tommy Davis.
Corina and fellow ARD member Nicole are competing to be part of the NET10 Dream Team comprised of Arena Football League dancers. To vote, you can click here. It doesn’t get much easier than that if you want to vote (which a person can do once a day until the contest ends June 15).
To whet your appetite for an interview with Corina, here is some video that your humble correspondent took Tuesday. It’s what some of us like to think of as work:
Plus the official contest videos for Corina and Nicole:
Speaking of contests, bicycle maker Cannondale is conducting one that will provide the winner with the chance to spend a week with Peter Sagan and the rest of Team Liquigas-Cannondale at the Tour de France. Cannondale is running a Backstage of the Tour contest. Persons may enter by going to and liking Cannondale’s Facebook page, clicking on the Tour de France icon and filling out an application. You can do so by clicking here. Entry deadline is Thursday (May 31) at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The winner will spend seven days in France (July 5-11) and also receive a SuperSix EVO bike.
OK, in that you’ve been such a lovely audience today, here is some swimsuit competition video that doesn’t have much to do with anything (not that that should worry you). It’s from Canada, which isn’t known necessarily for swimsuits, but somehow this works:
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