Cubs excited about 2016 Olympic bid

Cubs excited about 2016 Olympic bid

CHICAGO -- The city of Chicago will find out Friday if it will be awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics. Even though the Cubs may be forced to go on an extended road trip during that time, the players were enthused about the possibility.

"I'm excited," Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster said. "I've been working on my javelin for probably about eight years now, so if they get it here, I can't imagine, in six more years, how good I'll be able to throw a javelin.

"If they get it here, I'd have the home field advantage," Dempster said. "It'd be really neat to get the Olympics here in Chicago."

Asked if he'd gotten better at the javelin since the one "incident," Dempster said he was much improved.

"I'm a lot better," he said. "I'm a lot more accurate. It was an accident. I didn't mean to stab somebody with it but that's going to happen."

Now, javelin throwing isn't in Dempster's bio in the Cubs' media guide, but we'll take his word for it. Maybe he could train for something that doesn't include sharp objects, like synchronized swimming?

"I'm terrible at that," Dempster said. "I can't hold my breath."

Any other Cubs who would be potential Olympians?

"Koyie Hill would be good at the hammer throw," Dempster said of the catcher. "Ted Lilly would be good at the 100-meter dash. There's a lot of guys here who could do a lot of things."

Of course, the Summer Games are seven years away.

"Seven more years?" Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano said. "I think in seven more years I will have a lot to do with my two girls -- they're going to be teenagers."

How about third baseman Aramis Ramirez -- will he still be playing in seven years?

"Seven years? I don't know," Ramirez said, smiling. "That's a long way from now."

Maybe Dempster would like to carry the Olympic torch at some point?

"That'd be awesome," he said. "I hope Chicago gets it -- it's such a great city. I've spent a good part of my life here, and to have the Olympics here would be something special."

Will he still be pitching in 2016?

"Hopefully, still for the Cubs," Dempster said.

Pitching matchup
CHC: LHP Tom Gorzelanny (7-2, 4.70 ERA)
Gorzelanny picked up the win in his last outing against the Giants, giving up one run on five hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out five. The lefty has a good chance at making the Cubs' 2010 rotation, and he's done nothing to give the team reason to think they need to add another pitcher this offseason.

ARI: RHP Billy Buckner (3-6, 6.59 ERA)
Buckner experienced his first Major League victory in more than three months in his last start, against the San Diego Padres on Sunday. He pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out seven. Buckner has pitched better over his past few outings, going at least six innings in four of his past five starts and lowering his ERA by 2.04 over that span.

Derrek Lee was scratched from Thursday's lineup for personal reasons. Lee batted .386 in September with nine homers and 23 RBIs. ... Thursday was the Cubs' final night game at Wrigley Field. They went ((13-14 UPDATE)) under the lights. ... The Cubs finished September 17-12, the sixth-best mark in the National League. Cincinnati and Colorado led the NL. ... Prior to Thursday's game, the Cubs last played a regular-season home game in October in 2006. They finished the regular season that year on Oct. 1, beating the Rockies, 8-5.

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Up next
• Saturday: Cubs (Randy Wells, 11-10, 3.18) vs. D-backs (Daniel Cabrera, 0-5, 6.07), 12:05 p.m. CT
• Sunday: Cubs (Ryan Dempster, 11-8, 3.51) vs. D-backs (Doug Davis, 8-14, 4.19), 1:20 p.m. CT

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.