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At Cubs convention, skepticism in mid-summer form

Updated: February 9, 2007, 8:21 AM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- The whack job wore an actual Illinois license plate around his neck, complete with "CUBS WIN" vanity lettering. His black baseball cap featured the always classy phrase, "You Still Suck." Years ago he bought stock in the Tribune Company, which owns the cursed franchise, "so I could raise hell" at the shareholders meetings.

Now, in the worst possible scenario for Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella and general manager Jim Hendry, the codger was standing in front of a working ...

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