Goatriders of the Apocalypse

The ever-looming deadline of tomorrow

I'm picturing a visual right now of a herd of GM's storming toward a payphone, hefting the woman operating the phone over and behind their heads and fighting each other to determine who gets to call up Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster first.  Or they could just use their cell phones.

The Tribune is reporting that tomorrow is The Deadline! where, should a pending free agent not be re-signed, he can receive offers from other teams.

The Cubs don't seem too concerned about The Deadline!, but I'm sure there are some loyal Cub fans out there who worry like me that Kerry Wood will get swept off his feet by some Johnny Come Latelys who'll throw money and years at him.

However, I'll leave you with this thought.  Jim Hendry has yet to lose a talented player he's wanted to keep.  Maybe that thought will keep you warm, although I'm inclined to feel nervous still because, who knows, maybe he doesn't want Wood or Dempster.  And quite frankly, for the money he's asking for, maybe not wanting Dempster is for the best.

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