Alert the affiliates because the winning WGN Radio Cubs color analyst audition “tape” has been submitted. Sure, the Cubs leaked that it was down to the underwhelming duo of Todd Hollandsworth and Ron Coomer for the job, but the fact that they got my Twitter account suspended to keep me silent about just how well my audition went…well, it’s pretty obvious that I’m getting the job.
I expect the announcement any day now, probably at the Winter Meetings where the assembled horde of national baseball media can spend days telling the Cubs what an inspired and brilliant decision they made.
So, for the last couple of weeks, many of you have wondered just what happened to my tremendously informative and entertaining Twitter account? Many of you follow me at twitter.com/desipiodotcom and your days are empty and meaningless without a dozen or so non-sensical tweets from me to get you through your horrible days.
That account has been suspended by Twitter, because I impersonated the Cubs Twitter account on Friday, November 15. Who complained about it? Well, the Cubs naturally.
So the Cubs finally have a new manager. I for one was getting pretty antsy about the whole thing. Mostly because they have a game coming up…in four months.
They have hired Rick Renteria. Renteria has served the last few years as the Padres bench coach, dispensing pearls of wisdom to Bud Black. He spent eight years in the minors as a manager, including a season in lovely Geneva, Illinois managing the Kane County Cougars.
There are a lot of fitness video programs out there. Some work, some don’t, but the ones that sell, sell because they get results and because they have a great pitchman.
Take P90X for instance. After taking the summer off to drink beer, I’m back on round three, and while I have done the workouts over and over by now, I find it amazing that I am not annoyed by Tony Horton or his admittedly lame jokes. I mean this is a guy who says stuff like, “There is no part one or part two. This is part two.” He’s also the guy who at the beginning of the Plyometrics workout introduces Erik Stolhanske (who you may know as Rabbit from Super Troopers) as having only one leg, and Eric points out his prosthesis. Just seconds later, during a stretch Tony says, “Now let’s do the other leg, because we have two of them.” Well, not everybody, Tony.
Anyway, where is this going? Well, if you have a TV, you’ve seen the infomericals for Insanity. Where a bunch of hot chicks and ripped guys jump around showing off their abs. Well, Insanity has finally found the perfect pitchman. Check out who it is.
Our buddy Al Yellon took a break from his annual vacation on Fire Island to voice his depression that Theo Epstein FAILED AGAIN and couldn’t talk Joe Girardi into dumping the New York Yankees for the Cubs. Al says he’s going to write just a few words, but goes on for…ever, but let’s just hit the highlights.
I wish Joe well — and wish him luck, too, because the Yankees seem poised to enter a decline phase.
Terrible decision, Joe. The Yankees are about to suck, and you could have been basking in the glow of the mighty Chicago Cubs! Hell, the Yankees don’t win the World Series every year, they’ve only won 27 of them in 100 years, so on average they have to wait nearly FOUR YEARS before they can celebrate another world’s championship. It’s gonna be a rough two fifths of a decade, Joe!
So game six of the 2003 NLCS was ten years ago today? You don’t say.
The good folks over at Comcast Sports Net have assembled a 9o minute special to air tomorrow night just to talk about how the Cubs were five outs away from the World Series that night. Gee, that should be fun viewing. I’d better set my TiVo to capture those treasured memories forever.
Allow me to put what that night means into perspective.