True to his word, new Cubs manager Joe Maddon placed a call to former Cubs manager Rick(y) Renteria not long after the press conference to announce Joe’s hiring.
You might think it would be awkward for the old manager to have to talk to the guy who not only replaced him, but basically shoved him out of his job into the street.
You don’t know the half of it.
As it scrapes and fights to remain in business, the Chicago Sun-Times is running celebrity columns. Jenny McCarthy has already written a couple, even though her qualifications as a celebrity are now based solely on the fact that she still looks great naked, she has some very strange takes on immunizations and she can get celebrity millionaires to have lots of sex with her.
Today’s celebrity column was written by another famous sex symbol, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts. His column is mostly about what rubes baseball fans are. At least, that’s what he’s counting on.
The Cubs have started spring training, so winter is officially over. To celebrate, I burned all of my winter coats and threw my shovel onto my neighbor’s roof. Those kinds of traditions never get old.
When they allow him to use his actual camera, and not just his iPhone, Tribune photog Scott Strazzante does a pretty nice job. But the captions the Tribune puts on his photos are shit. So I’ve improved them. Mouse-over the photos to get a second whack at each caption.
Our good friend Dave Kaplan breathlessly tweeted yesterday “Breaking Cubs news: Cubs to completely rebuild.”
That was breaking news in the same way that “Breaking Bears news: Caleb Hanie still sucks,” would be breaking news. Did I miss something, or when Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer and the rest of the Beantown Boy Band showed up, wasn’t their message–hammered over and over again–that they were going to have a lot of work to do fix the mess they inherited? I kind of think it was, and the fact that anybody could be traded was pretty obvious. Even a clueless fan in the left field bleachers (last row, just to the foul pole side of the Toyota sign) could see that the Cubs were going to be gutted of their awfulness and restocked with younger, cheaper players while the organization tried to build up enough inventory of good young players to create a real team. The Cubs are going to be terrible in 2012, and they’re probably going to upgrade to just lousy in 2013, but honestly, they were terrible in 2011. We’re used to it.
Has it really been two years since the Ricketts celebrated their first Thanksgiving as Cubs owners? Let’s go back to that magical time.