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Monday Headlines: Rick Morrissey Lets Us Have It

Jul 9, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Photo via Newscom


He was a few days late to the party (maybe it took him that long to write the column), but Rick Morrissey finally weighed in on the Ryne Sandberg situation. 
Cubs fans cling to the past as though it's going to bolt at the first opportunity. Shouldn't it be the other way around?

I'd like to offer some advice:

Let go.

The energy that people continue to expend on Ryne Sandberg would be better used questioning how ownership is going to turn around a fifth-place team. You're furious that Sandberg isn't the Cubs' manager when you should be furious that Alfonso Soriano is the Cubs' left fielder.

Actually, that's not insane. Has he been taking his meds again, or did he just have a single moment of clarity? I'm voting for a single moment of clarity, because this is just a couple paragraphs down the road:

While the owners are busy looking ahead, they should introduce a JumboTron to Wrigley Field. That probably upsets the nostalgia junkies, who prefer 1950, bathroom troughs and butter churns.

So anyone who doesn't want a JumboTron is an Amish Luddite? Maybe he's right, with this convincing argument on his side:

Change is good, which brings us to Wrigley. The Cubs are asking fans whether they would be open to the idea of a JumboTron in or just outside Wrigley. The reaction on message boards has been mixed. But we've all become so used to watching replays in our living rooms that the absence of them in the ballpark is noticeable.

So the JumboTron would be good not as another source of revenue, but because we all want to see replays at the ballpark? Not buying that one. Maybe it's because I don't watch all that many games on tv, but I don't miss a JumboTron when I'm at the game. Sorry, Rick.


Paul Sullivan rehashes potential free agent moves the Cubs might make, and scares us about Jim Hendry's grip on reality.

Hendry doesn't believe he has many holes to fill, based on the 24-13 stretch that sealed manager Mike Quade's hiring. Yet the Cubs hit .232 with a National League-low 16 home runs from Sept. 1 to the end of the season, proving the problem was not as simple as Derrek Lee clogging up the order in the No. 3 hole.

So the Cubs will look for a left-handed first-baseman to make them a championship contender. Who will it be? Adam Dunn?

Whether the Cubs can accommodate Dunn's salary is another question, and there are concerns about his defense. Aubrey Huff might be a better alternative, though Huff might re-sign with the World Series champion Giants, for whom he became a team leader in his first season. Switch hitter Victor Martinez, a veteran catcher who also plays first, is another possibility.

Sully also insists the Cubs need a starting pitcher. I insist they don't really need another starter unless his name is Cliff. 

A starting pitcher is the Cubs' second-biggest need, though the pickings are slim after Cliff Lee, who is well out of their price range. Jon Garland, who declined a $6.75 million option to remain in San Diego, hinted last summer that he was interested in the Cubs last offseason but never heard from them. Garland, a former first-round draft pick of the Cubs, went 14-12 with a 3.47 ERA for the Padres.

How does a 3.47 ERA in San Diego translate to Wrigley? No thanks on Jon Garland.

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plamorte said:

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I may go HULK angry if they sign Garland.

Doc said:

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not before I do.

plamorte said:

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I can see it now Doc: Jon Garland, Nick Johnson...I'm turning green...

JulieDiCaro said:

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nice standings graphic, Pat. LOL

Doc said:

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That should be a picture of Aubrey Huff...who should be playing 1st base for us next season.

baturkey said:

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I see that the Bears are taking the Fukudome approach to sports by doing well the first month of the season and coasting the rest of the way.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Not a word about Todd Rickett's turn on "Undercover Boss" last night?

I think we've discovered why the Ricketts keep Todd in the shadows: apparently, he can't do anything right.

Doc said:

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I missed it...the restored Metropolis was on TCM last night.

flyball said:

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I missed it, sleep was more important

Doc said:

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sleep is not more important than Metropolis. (Yes, I know you are referring to UB...but still...priorities!)

flyball said:

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Metropolis the magazine? because that is not more important than sleep

Doc said:

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*palm to forehead*

ugh!

gravedigger said:

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I just can't amass the will to care about any of this.

Doc said:

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So Jon Garland doesn't "do it" for you?

flyball said:

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really? a jumbotron? this is really going to be a long offseason if thats going to be the biggest topic...again

flyball said:

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and not here, I mean from other people

JulieDiCaro said:

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it's insane: we keep focusing on the facility instead of the team. and all the fans keep playing along. it's maddening.

flyball said:

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I don't get it at all

Dear people, the building is not the problem, the building is not, falling apart, cursed, in disrepair, out dated or otherwise bad. Its a building.

Thanks,
Flyball

Doc said:

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With all respect, I believe the building has become part of the problem...not because it is cursed, but because it is outdated and in disrepair.

I'm in favor of any major renovations that make Wrigley a competitive advantage (or at least make it neutral) and help the players. The video board doesn't help the players all that much...but it will be a significant revenue producer if they put one in, and that can help the product on the field.

I once believed that Wrigley wasn't part of the problem...but it has become obvious to me over the last few years...day games coming off of road trips...poor workout facilities...no batting cages...all these things are minor inconveniences, but they add up to being a disadvantage for a team 81 games a year.

flyball said:

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there are wasys to get batting cages, better workout facilities and a better schedule of games without a new stadium

Doc said:

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Yes...but a major renovation is required...which can almost cost as much as a new stadium.

Doc said:

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so why not just build a new stadium.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Build a new one like in Minnesota!!

JulieDiCaro said:

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i LOVE that stadium.

Doc said:

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Personally, I think the Cubs should go all out like the Yankees did. I want a 55,000 seat cathedral of baseball.

flyball said:

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its like you're trying to annoy me

Doc said:

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Well, yeah...but I that's what I want as well.

berselius said:

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More money in revenue from the building--------->more money for the team. I could give a damn about fan improvements to the building but the player amenities are absolute shit.

JulieDiCaro said:

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except I'm not sure they're using the revenue that way. what the hell did the noodle get us?

berselius said:

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If nothing else, debt service money. Or a week of Soriano's contract (laughing). I don't think the noodle brought in that much

gravedigger said:

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you shut your mouth that noodle was awesome

Doc said:

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you would like the giant noodle.

JulieDiCaro said:

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they should have auctionned off the noodle at the end o the season.

gravedigger said:

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im not really sure why anyone cares what the fans think. they're gonna show up anyway.

and its kind of like elections. we let legions of retards pick our political leaders. sounds like a great plan.

Doc said:

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They're going to put a video board up...and in the end every will love it...especially when they put up "Kiss-Cam".

JulieDiCaro said:

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I feel kinda bad about being so angry about 'Undercover Boss' last night. Like I'm one of those Cubs fans who hates everything the team does. But honestly, some of it just made me see red. I can't help it--I guess I'm just a malcontent.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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He looked like a complete ass. What it did show was a need for a new facility. ASAP!! Not like the "half" remodeling of the bathrooms.

flyball said:

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if this was just propaganda for a new stadium I'll be super pissed

JulieDiCaro said:

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From what I know, I new stadium has not NOT been discussed. If ya know what I mean. (wink, wink)

JulieDiCaro said:

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I have a post coming up at noon that you gusy will either LOVE or hate. Hee.

gravedigger said:

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i hate it already!

Cubs Psychologist said:

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That's the GD I have grown to appreciate!!

JulieDiCaro said:

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actually, you'll probably enjoy it.

JulieDiCaro said:

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i think you might enjoy it.

Doc said:

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JulieDiCaro said:

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LOL!!! After the big Kumbaya moment on Undercover Boss, the Cubs fired 4 people. Ha!

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/The-Cubs-are-one-big-family-except-for-the-peop?urn=mlb-283324

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Classic Chicago Cubs!!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Youch! Poor Vine Line writers:

"The institutional memory that Todd talked about tapping at the corner of Clark and Addison apparently only applies to those who hose down pee in the bathrooms and move $5 hot dogs in the grandstand. It's a belief reinforced by the Cubs' recent announcement that they will be outsourcing their in-house publications department to a company based in Cincinnati. Left out in the cold are five or six employees — most with over a decade of time with the Cubs — that produced the team's Vine Line magazine, which has been an excellent way to reach the diehard fans the team should be concerned about losing right now.

Though contract work with the new company is a possibility for those affected, their status as full-time employees with the Cubs — a team they bled blue for — will be gone by year's end. Maybe things would've been different if a CBS employee had decided to let Todd take crappy pictures or write subpar copy for one of the days that the show was there."

Doc said:

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I have yet to find anyone that thinks that VineLine has any purpose what-so-ever in this era of daily blogs from people inside the ballpark. If they wrote some interesting stuff and didn't write crap that is 2 to 4 weeks old by the time anyone receives it, then I'd be sad to see this happen. I don't believe VineLine has ever made a profit...infact, for years the Cubs talked about shutting it down because enough people didn't subscribe to it. This makes perfect sense to me.

JulieDiCaro said:

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but there are a lot of people who really love it. and that aside, i hate the idea of someone in Cincinnati writing about the Cubs. Might as well have outsourced it to St. Louis.

Doc said:

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I haven't met any of those people who love it, I guess. Are any of those people under the age of 65?

Max Power said:

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Agreed. It seems like the rotary phone of Cubs publications.

Doc said:

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Morgan Ensberg just Tweeted that he's growing a mustache to help fight cancer.

I'm not sure how that is going to help.

Doc said:

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In more random thoughts for the day...

I think the Cubs should go after Derek Jeter to play 2nd base.

Max Power said:

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Avoid Honus Wagner. Never get involved in a land war in Asia, and never get in a bidding war with C. Montgomery Burns.

jtbwriter said:

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Good Morning from cool and cloudy So Cal-home of Birthday Girl Sloan Peterson!
To be honest-I liked UB-and the honest behavior of the employees little Todd had to deal with.

Sorry Doc-but I do think Jeter will graciously refuse a Cubs offer and re-signs with the Yanks. I think Garret Anderson, Aubrey Huff and Adam Dunn would be good fits with the Cubs-as far as desire, respect for the game and genuine ability go. But does Hendry have the guts to go with a mix of rookies/vets or is he going to go cheap?

Doc said:

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Oh...we could get Jeter...

And getting Nomar worked wonders for this organization. I can only think that getting Jeter would achieve the same results.

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