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September 25, 2008


bob markus

Pat, I don't know if this will get to you. I tried after you were kind enough to comment on my blog a month or so ago. Unfortunately, I am pretty computer illiterate. Anyway, you had asked a couple of questions, one about Dave Kingman being on the alltime jerk list, the other about the 1973 Cubs being the biggest disappointment. Answer to No.1. Kingman was miserable to deal with for most writers. The only time I had any dealings with him he was fine. No.2: I remember the '73 disappointment, but don't think it was any worse than '69. I prob ably would have voted for 1984, given how the Cubs manhandled the Padres in the two games at Wrigley and needed only one win in three tries to reach the World Series. Of course, the same could be said for the 2003 team, which also lost three in a row. All of them pale, however, compared with the recent debacle, which has finally cured me of caring one way or the other. Losing is one thing, but not even competing is something entirely different. Anyhow, I marvel at your productivity and the breadth of your interests. Regards, Bob Markus

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