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Hope always strong at Cubs Convention

Despite little evidence they'll be contenders, players and fans say, 'Why not?'

Updated: January 13, 2012, 11:56 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Big Surprise was ruined when someone spotted Kerry Wood's wife up in the balcony before he was officially announced as "the newest member of the Cubs."

It was a fun moment, schmaltzy but enjoyable, when Wood, This Old Cub, appeared before the teeming masses in the Hilton ballroom to kick off the Cubs Convention.

Wood's "last-minute" signing was a seemingly well-scripted kicker to the good-vibes opening ceremony, where radio broadcaster Pat Hughes can introduce James ...

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