In what appears to be a joke, it's doubtful the Cubs will be laughing.
The rest of us, well, sure. But, the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan reports someone put a fake press release in the game day press notes at Miller Park announcing a new book by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry called "How to Finish Near Last Place with the Highest Payroll in the League."
The release said: "Read in Jim Hendry's own words how the Chicago Cubs managed to finish near the bottom of the National League Central; Division with the highest payroll in the National League."
It also said the chapters included:
"Why I signed Milton Bradley!"
"Why I released Casey McGehee only to see him hit 20 home runs and drive in nearly 100 runs for a division rival!"
"Why I hired former Pittsburgh general manager Dave Littlefield, the man who helped make the Pirates what they are today, as my special assistant!"
"How I botched the recall of Micah Hoffpauir from our minor league team in Iowa by losing track of the number of days that he was in the minors!"
"Why I signed players to long-term contracts with limited trade options!"
The release ended with the sentence: "Reserve your copy today!"
Hendry is not in Milwaukee for the road trip. There has been no comment yet from the Cubs on the alleged joke. UPDATE: A Brewers spokesman had this to say to Sullivan (via Twitter ): "It's an unfortunate incident ... a lousy attempt at a practice joke."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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