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Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Theriot Tells The Truth

Are the Cubs going to make a play for Albert Pujols in the offseason?
-Larry, Hammond IN

And leave Carlos Pena, Jeff Baker and even Tyler Colvin without a job at first base? I think not.

What is the impact of Geovany Soto's injury?
-Selena, Chicago

My hookup just left town for a month. Bogus.

If Ryan Theriot is finally on the right side of the rivalry, where is Mike Fontenot?
-Jeremy, Sycamore

On the left.

If Albert Pujols makes $1 million less than teammate Matt Holliday in 2011 and $2.5 million more than Kosuke Fukudome in 2011, how much money does Pujols make?
- Doug, Itasca IL


If Albert Pujols signs with the Cubs, which side of the rivalry will he finally be on?
- Abe, Springfield IL

The dumber side.

Which side of the rivalry is Dusty Baker finally on?
- George, Rogers Park

His own side, dude.

Which side of the rivalry is Alfonso Soriano on?
- Bob, Ravenswood

The wrong side.

Is it possible Ryan Theriot is right?
-Len, Canaryville

Anything is possible.

The game against the Reds the other day got me thinking; what's the record for the most runners left on base in a game?
-Dean, Sandwich IL

Several sources have the record at 20 by the Yankees in a 1956 game versus the Red Sox, but after some digging I discovered that the Hartford Dark Blues left 173 men on base in a nine-inning game on August 2nd, 1876.

The main offender was Hartford's Horace "Plowboy" McTugg, who left 47 men on alone. McTugg was also involved in a baserunning gaffe in which he ran past player/manager Rufus "Manhandler" DeVos on his way to home plate, ending the inning without either runner scoring. The play was later immortalized in the local papers as "McTugg's Boner."

Granted, the rules of the time made the game almost unrecognizable by today's standards. Up to three players could occupy a base at once and certain fielding positions, such as the "providence magistrate" and the "corner hurler" could be pinch run for by livestock; but only those animals that occupied the field at the start of the game.


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