Record: 3-3 (1-2 vs. Oakland, 2-1 vs. Pittsburgh)

The week began with the end of “Feldmania” as the superstar was traded to the Orioles for prospects. For Cub fans not around when “Beatlemania” ended, they now know the pain, devastation and gut-wrenching sadness one suffers when the only thing that seemed to matter in life is snatched from you.

This could be a long summer now with no hot shot prospects with any “mania” skills or tools ready to join the Cubs any time soon. Are there any players on the big league roster with the make-up to replace the “mania” skills of the departed Feldman? Ha ha ha ha ha!!!! The team, in shock, was lucky to win one of three games in Oakland vs. the first place Athletics, although All-Star Travis Wood tossed six shutout innings in Thursday’s 1-0 loss.



The Cubbies did rebound nicely to take two out of three from the front-running Pirates. Edwin Jackson was dealing Saturday like the dealer in Vegas who you blame for losing a dime the last time you were there, and Dioner Navarro belted a walk-off sacrifice fly to win the rubber game Sunday in 11 innings (and somehow this dramatic game-clinching moment was not one of the top 10 plays of the on ESPN. Boo, ESPN, boo!)

MVP — Alfonso Soriano: Soriano wins his second straight weekly MVP honor, belting three homers and driving in nine runs. He also earned a sarcastic Baseball Tonight web gem for moving two steps to the right and slowly moving his glove to eye level to catch a soft fly ball in Saturday’s win, a game where he drove in all four runs with a pair of 2-run homers. He was also seen modeling hats for other teams to try and get a feel for how he’d look if/when he’s traded.

LVP – Organist Gary Pressey: It was an off-weekend for the super pianist/sex symbol as he offered questionable rally songs throughout the Pittsburgh series. The lowlight came Sunday in the 10th inning as he attempted to perk up the Cubbie bats with “Desperado.”

Ask the Magic 8-Ball: Will one of those 80+ year-old lower level Wrigley usher grandmas win an MMA title within the next year?
Magic 8-Ball says: “Without a doubt”

Patrick O. Elia