What the Cubs' lineup looked like last time the Blackhawks had the No. 1 pick

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Designated Hitter: Aramis Ramírez

For me, Ramírez is on the same level as Zambrano in terms of which Cubs defined my childhood, and for good reason.

In eight full seasons with the Cubs, Ramírez spent his Chicago tenure as a 24.9 fWAR regular power hitter at third base, slashing a .297/.359/.533 with a 128 wRC+. An example of this was on full display on June 22nd, with Ramírez following Soriano's lead with a first-inning home run of his own and later on driving in another run with a 9th-inning single.

But of course, this game isn't the Ramírez moment that lives in all our minds, as just one week later, this happened against the division-leading Brewers.

Closer: Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster was one of those guys that truly did it all for the pitching staff in almost a decade with the Cubs, between roles as both a closer and ultimately a starting pitcher.

2007 was his last year coming out of the 'pen with Chicago, recording 28 saves in the closer role before an All-Star 2008 season in which he posted a 2.96 ERA across 206.2 innings pitched, ranking in the top 15 across pitchers in K% (21.8%) and fWAR (4.8), and finishing in the top 10 of Cy Young voting.

The best part of it all, though, is that even with Dempster being long retired from the game, he's still the gift that keeps on giving as the guy that the Cubs traded for Kyle Hendricks.

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