So the big news this week in Cub-land was Alderman Tom Tunney and his band of rooftop owners riding in on their white horses with a plan to help save Wrigley. Well, not quite. The rooftop owners have offered, suggested to put advertising signage and jumbo-trons on their buildings, at no cost to the Cubs. This would allow the rooftops to continue to have unobstructed views of the park and thus continue to charge the incredibly high prices they do and make the obscene amount of money that they make.....off the Cubs product.
I usually have no love for the rooftop owners. When Andy MacPhail put up the screens in the 90's, I offered to help and asked if they had enough tape. Imagine if I walked into Murphy's, took a couple of their kegs, walked across the street with them and started my own bar. They'd be pretty pissed, no? There's a very parasite feel to how the rooftop owners operate.
But I've slowly been changing my tune about the rooftops. I'm not on their side by any means. The Cubs have every right to tell them to go scratch. But the rooftop owners have been giving the Cubs money, do offer a unique service, and quite frankly, took advantage of a situation the Cubs should have taken themselves. One of Sam Zell's best quotes was "Who was the idiot at Tribune Co. that didn't invest in real estate around Wrigley Field?"
I get friends in from out of town all the time. And every so often instead of tickets I splurge for a rooftop. It's always, ALWAYS, the highlight of their trip. And the rooftops do a great job of catering to the people who I don't want in Wrigley anyway- People who are there to party and don't give a flying fig about the game. Rooftops are almost like a daycare center for the rich and oblivious. What I'm trying to say is they do serve a purpose.
My guess is that the Cubs will tell them thanks but no thanks. But I hope they at least look at the viability of their plan. And possibly incorporate some of their ideas. The rooftops have kind of grown on me. And I think I speak for everyone when I say I'd rather see progress than bickering and fighting.
Emptying the Mind Junk drawer.
So Arguello goes to the hospital for "Fluids", comes home and immediately writes about Soriano trade speculation and whether the Cubs can compete for the playoffs this year.....nice fluids.
18 year aged, oak barrel single malt fluids is my guess.
I'm so excited by Tony Campana being DFA'd and all his nitwit following crying that I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. It's the kind of feeling only Cubs Den readers and intelligent Cub fans can feel. A proper organizational rebuild whose process has just started. I hope Campana can make it through waivers. I hope the tears of the Campana believers are as blue as in my dreams. I hope to see Jed Hoyer and shake his hand. I hope...
Nobody asked my opinion on Sammy Sosa, so by all means, let me give it to you.
One Friday afternoon against the Reds with a first pitch, two uncomfortable interviews with Kasper and Hughes and an unintelligible 7th inning stretch and this all goes away...
Rip the band-aid.
Rare is the day that i get so psyched to see a movie on the first day of it's release. But my favorite directors new movie looks like that kind of film.
You could sign Michael Bourn to a 1 year deal, trade him at the deadline and get more to help your team than you'd ever get from that 2nd round pick right....? Right?
Same with Loshe and a 3rd?
And it seems to me that both Loshe and Bourn would love to re-do this free agency thing in one year without having the albatross of draft pick compensation tied around their neck. So they'd be on board.
This strikes me as one of those "market inefficiencies" that Epstoyer are famed for finding and exploiting.
Been to caught up with Djokovic beating Murray that I haven't played a Beatles album yet. But with "I me mine" running through my head, you can pretty much rest assured it will be a "Let it Be" Sunday.
I've changed my tune on Scott Hariston from "Meh" to "if anyone can surprise me this year. it will probably be him."
So Meh to Meh-be.
Blackhawks are 5-0 baby!