Since the news broke last Friday that former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon had opted out of his contract, the Cubs have been intriguingly silent about the job status of their manager Rick(y) Renteria. Ricky has not been, however. He issued a statement through his agent on Monday saying he’s excited about still being the Cubs manager.
Through a highly placed source (OK, it was Todd) we have obtained transcripts of the increasingly panicked phone calls Ricky has left for Cubs VP of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein.
It’s a tradition unlike any other. It seems like every fall baseball gets ruined for me. I love baseball, it’s my favorite sport. I think it would have to be for me to devote as much time as I do to the Cubs. But for going on 15 years now I just don’t watch any playoff games involving the St. Louis Cardinals. When I say I don’t watch them, I mean just that. I don’t watch the games. I’ll watch any other playoff game. The Rockies-Diamondbacks? Nobody cared, but I watched.
I realize I’ve missed some pretty famous things. The Red Sox apparently won a World Series in 2004 and last year. I guess they did. I saw them win in 2007, so I know they did that.
Don Zimmer, that baseball sage best known for having a metal plate in his head (and looking like a gerbil) used to say that 40 games into any season you have a pretty good idea of how good teams are. Any team that is .500 or better probably has a chance to contend, any team under .500 at that point is probably going to stink.
The Cubs have not played 40 games yet, but at 13-25 even if they win their 39th and 40th games they’re going to be 10 games under .500. That’s pretty awful.
The darker, dumber corners of the Interwebs reacted with much shock at the news that the Cubs sent prized prospect Javier Baez to minor league camp last week. To the unwashed and unenlightened this was simply the Cubs sending their best player to the minor leagues because they were too cheap to let him start his free agent clock a year early. To them, this is baseball treason, and this egregious thumb in the eye of WINNING shall not stand.
So the Cubs are billing this 2014 season the “Party of the Century.” Oh, boy.
They released the promo schedule today. Keep in mind it’s Wrigley’s 100th anniversary, so some of the giveaways are not entirely Cubs focused. For instance in July they have a promotion where you get a bobblehead version of the Dave Matthews Band tour bus and it releases liquified feces off a bridge onto your bookshelf every 30 days. So there’s that.
But let’s look at what they’re giving away. Every homestand celebrates a different decade.