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Cubs interested in Duncan?

The Cardinals hope to hear imminently whether Tony La Russa will continue on as manager of the club.

Pitching coach Dave Duncan has waited to make a decision about his future until he learns where La Russa plans to go. But the press in Chicago is already licking its chops about the Cubs trying to swoop in and hire Duncan if he and La Russa don't try to stay in St. Louis.

Click here to read a Duncan pitch in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Isn't it funny how Cardinals players and coaches are worthless pieces of garbage, according to Cubs fans, until the Wee Bears become interested in them?

You would have thought Jim Edmonds was a worse hitter than Hitler and that he had less range in centerfield than Stalin to listen to Chicago fans before he had a swan song half a season there. Now you can't go to a Cubs-Cardinals game at Busch Stadium and not see an Edmonds Cubs jersey...

So Taguchi, Aaron Miles, John Mabry, Jason Marquis, Gary Gaetti ... and now Dave Duncan suddenly look a more appealing to Cubs fans when they aren't wearing red.

But Dave Duncan ought to think about the history of those who switch from one side of the rivalry to the other.

Edmonds had one flash left, but didn't impress the Cubs enough that he could successfully beg for a second season in Chicago. Aaron Miles and So Taguchi were complete washouts. It was the end of the line for Mabry... But on the other hand, former Cub second sacker Mark Grudzilanek went from the outhouse to the penthouse in St. Louis, earning a nice longterm contract with the Royals. Julian Tavares became an imprortant part of a National League champion's bullpen... Lest we not forget what happened when the Cardinals sent reliable starter Ernie Broglio to Chicago for enigmatic outfielder Lou Brock...

It does't really seem like the grass is all that greener in the friendly confines...