The Mailbag: Are The Bears Going To Suck?

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Welcome to The Chicago Homer’s Mailbag. It runs once a week unless it doesn’t, and in it I answer questions from readers via Twitter or email. The questions can be about any damn thing you please, and there likely isn’t a question I won’t answer. There may be questions I can’t answer, but I’ll try.

If you’d like to submit a question for the next edition of the mailbag it’s pretty simple. Either ask the question on Twitter using the #AskTCH hashtag — as long as you use the hashtag I will see it — or send an email to TCHMailbag@gmail.com.

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The Mailbag: Sox Prospects Ain’t Gettin No Respect!

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Welcome to The Chicago Homer’s Mailbag. It runs once a week unless it doesn’t, and in it I answer questions from readers via Twitter or email. The questions can be about any damn thing you please, and there likely isn’t a question I won’t answer. There may be questions I can’t answer, but I’ll try.

If you’d like to submit a question for the next edition of the mailbag it’s pretty simple. Either ask the question on Twitter using the #AskTCH hashtag — as long as you use the hashtag I will see it — or send an email to TCHMailbag@gmail.com.

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Don’t Do It To Me, Bears

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For four years I had to deal with Tommy Rees when I didn’t want to. It started when Dayne Crist, who was supposed to be the latest savior quarterback at Notre Dame got hurt and had to be replaced by Rees. Rees took over the starting job and showed us all exactly who Tommy Rees would be, even if we didn’t totally realize it at the time.

Then Everett Golson came along, and though he was a redshirt freshman, he helped lead Notre Dame to a 12-0 season and an appearance in the BCS title game. Yeah, the Irish got shellacked, but Golson may have been their best player in the game, and the promise of his future was bright.

And then Golson had problems with his grades and got booted out of school. Once again, in 2013, Tommy Rees would ride as Notre Dame’s starting quarterback. But then it happened. The 2013 season came to an end, and Tommy Rees was out of eligibility. He was going to get his degree from Notre Dame, and then he was going to be out of my life forever.

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The Morning Constitutional: One More Ride For Dayan Viciedo

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I had high hopes for Dayan Viciedo when the White Sox signed him out of Cuba. He was one of those signings that was not only hyped, but also seemed capable of living up to it when he got here.

When he first came to Chicago in 2010 he only played in 38 games, but put up a line of .308/.321/.519 with an OPS+ of 122. Surely he’d become a mainstay in the middle of the Sox order for years to come. I mean, Hawk Harrelson said he hadn’t seen anybody with a livelier bat since Carlos Delgado, and Hawk has never been one for hyperbole!

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The Morning Constitutional: I Didn’t Forget About Greg Maddux

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Lest you start to believe that I don’t care about the Cubs, I’ll have you know that I’m aware Frank Thomas wasn’t the only player with Chicago connections who will be entering the Hall of Fame this year.

It’s just that I don’t really consider Greg Maddux a Cub. I know his career started on the north side, but Maddux left Chicago for Atlanta following the 1992 season. I wasn’t yet 13 years old, and my true sports consciousness hadn’t really developed yet. I knew who Greg Maddux was, I knew he was good, and I even saw him pitch in person a few times. I just wasn’t old enough to know what any of it meant.

So the Maddux I truly grew up watching was the Atlanta Braves version of Greg Maddux. And he was the greatest pitcher I’ve ever seen, and anybody who didn’t vote for him was an idiot, even if they only left him off because they knew he’d get in so they tried to help another player’s chances.

But when he goes into Cooperstown this summer his plaque will be wearing an Atlanta Braves hat. That’s how I saw him, and how I’ll always see him.

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