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Despite loss in opener, Cubs remain optimistic

Updated: October 2, 2008, 11:05 AM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- It's been almost seven months since that peculiar day, seven months since Ryan Dempster showed up for spring training, took one look at the hunger and drive that filled his team's clubhouse and proclaimed the Chicago Cubs were going to win the World Series.

It wasn't a premeditated move or one designed to create headlines or cause a stir, but rather a feeling deep within the right-hander that he couldn't ignore.

But Wednesday night, with the prophet ...

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