The Cubs managed to win one more against the Astros yesterday, giving them the 2-1 series win. David DeJesus hit two home runs, Brett Jackson had two extra base hits (and two strikeouts) and so on. But there are other more important things to report today, such as Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Marmol clearing waivers.
And with Melky Cabrera now subject to a 50-game suspension for using PEDs, San Francisco seems like the perfect fit for a team that could use the Fonz. Except that he already turned down a trade to the Giants at the non-waiver trade deadline.
‘‘San Francisco is not good weather to play in,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve never played on the West Coast, but we’ll see what happens. I want to talk to my family and see.’’
Soriano said he hasn’t been approached again by the Cubs about a deal.
‘‘Now there’s six weeks left to the season,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ll try to enjoy it with these young guys and see what happens in the offseason. I’ll just try to do the best I can and not think about trade deadlines.’’
Can anyone put together a series of film clips showing spectacular weather in San Francisco?
In Cubs organizational news, Oneri Fleita was fired yesterday.
‘‘I feel real bad,’’ shortstop Starlin Castro said. ‘‘He’s like my father. I talked to him all the time in the Dominican and here. I feel really bad, but it’s a business.’’
Closer Carlos Marmol , 29, said he has known Fleita since he was 16.
‘‘This is the guy that gave me the opportunity in the minor leagues, and it was hard for me to hear [the news],’’ Marmol said. ‘‘He meant a lot because he gave me the opportunity to be a catcher and change to a pitcher. He did a lot of good things for me.’’
Now Theo has a chance to play guidance counselor with the players.
‘‘This is an unfortunate part of the business,’’ Epstein said. ‘‘Oneri’s been on both sides. Part of his job is to release players and have to let staff go, and I’ve been in that chair before. It’s just really difficult, but I think it’s part of the maturation process for young players to see that there is change and that change can be a good thing in baseball and in life.
‘‘Relationships don’t have to stop because someone moves on.’’
I wonder if he gives them a piece of candy when they’re done talking.