Cubs bringing Looper, Ojeda to camp

Cubs bringing Looper, Ojeda to camp

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011
4:56 p.m.

By Patrick Mooney

Braden Looper who has started 97 games and saved 103 more in his 12-year career, but did not pitch last season is among the 21 non-roster players the Cubs have invited to major-league spring training.

The Cubs agreed to minor-league deals with the 36-year-old Looper and infielder Augie Ojeda on Thursday, and they are part of the group that will gather in Arizona next month. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Feb. 13, and the teams first full workout will be Feb. 19 in Mesa.

Several of those invited are ex-Cubs trying to work their way back to Chicago, including pitcher Todd Wellemeyer, outfielder Reed Johnson and reliever Angel Guzman, who is recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

Some of the organizations top prospects will also be given a longer look in camp. First-round picks Josh Vitters (2007) and Brett Jackson (2009) will be there, along with pitchers Chris Carpenter, Jay Jackson and Trey McNutt.

PatrickMooney is's Cubs beat writer. FollowPatrick on Twitter @CSNMooneyfor up-to-the-minute Cubs news and views.

Jimmy Kimmel locates crying Cubs fan, gives him World Series tickets

Jimmy Kimmel locates crying Cubs fan, gives him World Series tickets

Just like many Cubs fans, Ryan Slagle has been on cloud nine the last few weeks.

The diehard Cubs fan and Iraq War veteran became an overnight internet sensation after cameras caught him crying at a bar in Wrigleyville when the Cubs punched their ticket to the World Series last weekend.

After footage went viral, the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show tracked down Slagle for an interview.

"The last 48 hours of my life has been absolutely ridiculous," Slagle told 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' correspondent Guillermo Rodriguez on Wednesday night. "My life has been flipped up outside down. My man card has been pulled away. I don't know what to do with myself these days."

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Before finishing the interview, Kimmel broke the news that he's going to send Slagle and his girlfriend to a World Series game at Wrigley Field this weekend.

Fighting through the emotions, Slagle thanked Kimmel and told him how much he appreciates it.

"That's a man right there, I don't care what anybody says," Kimmel said.

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