What happened to Cubs announcer Chip Caray? --Bill Esterline, Naples, Fla.
He's an announcer with the Atlanta Braves and no longer travels on the Cubs charters.
In a story on , you had mentioned the Prior-Giles collision in which trainer Dave Tumbas gave the green light for Prior to continue pitching, and that was ultimately one major strike against Tumbas at the end of the year when he was terminated. My question is, doesn't that decision ultimately go to Dusty? How did he manage to avoid all the scrutiny over that bad decision? --Mike Reihl, Palatine, Ill.
Dusty shouldn't have listened to Tumbas, who shouldn't have listened to Prior, who shouldn't have said he could still pitch that day. There wasn't much scrutiny because Prior pitched so well after his comeback. Tumbas wasn't fired until the off-season, when few were paying attention.
Now that the Cubs have signed Aramis Ramirez to a long-term deal, should the next step be to sign Nomar to a similar deal? --Rob Wall, Lafayette, Calif.
The next step is to try and win the World Series, and then the Nomar situation becomes much clearer.
OK, I have been a Cub fan for most of my 45 years. I know I am hooked and there is no cure for my addiction. My relatives have shunned me. My friends laugh at me. My neighbors have called the police several times claiming that I am abusing my sons by raising them as Cub fans. Is there a reward in my future? Will this be the year? Will my torment ever be over? Give me some hope please! --Bret Hobbs, Linton Ind.
Is it just me, or are Cubs fans a little overdramatic? I hope your sons turn out OK. Please let them know it's only entertainment.
When will the Cubs finally give in and make Kerry Wood their closer? --Butch Brzeski, Chicago
This is a question I never get tired of answering. Unfortunately, I have run out of space.
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