Everybody knows this, but when the Pirates traded Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton to the Cubs prior to the trading deadline for Jose Hernandez, Bobby Hill and minor league pitcher Matt Bruback, it clearly signaled that the team was unwilling to pay the young talent it had developed. It was an ugly deal for the Pirates and it helped the Cubs immensely. I just found out it is much worse than I thought.
My buddy Alan is a devotee of all things Cubs. He recently purchased the film Chasing October. It is a documentary/comedy about a Cubs fan who believes it is his mission in life to help the Cubs win the World Series. He began filming this in 2003. I'll let Alan describe how the Ramirez trade is portrayed in this movie in his own words:
The fan becomes convinced that the Cubs NEED Kenny Lofton ...
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