The Ricketts need to take a vacation. From themselves. I mean, they can be who they are and all. Todd can lead the Bike parade to Milwaukee (Is that this weekend?) Tom can hand out cards and take pictures.
But they should be more owner and less employee and let some people do their jobs. Most notably Julian Green.
Julian Green has been a successful PR guy for over 15 years, for people like Barack Obama and Miller Coors. And yet the Cubs are a PR disaster. If for no other reason than every time something happens a Ricketts grabs a microphone or a video camera and makes it worse.
The Cubs cake incident.
The video with the awful music and Tom Ricketts as Sally Struthers.
Letting Crane Kenny out of his cage.
Soon there will be an announcement about the Cubs shifting their radio to WBBM. It really shouldn't be that big of a deal. But it could be if not handled right. And with a Rickets at the podium, it almost certainly isn't going to be handled right.
If the Cubs have something to say, Julian Green should say it. If the reporters go chumming up to Rickettses for answers they should defer to Julian Green. You hired this man to do a job. Please, for the love of everything, let him do it.
Odds and Sodds-
I only know of one person who's upset that the Cubs radio might be leaving WGN. And he's 150 years old. I consider myself a traditionalist on a lot of things but radio stations right now are app buttons on my phone or numbered buttons in my car. There's not a ton of loyalty there. And Pat Hughes is 99.9% coming over and that's really all that matters. The days of listening to Bob Collins or Wally Phillips into your Cubs day…..I mean who lives that way these days? Whatever. The Cubs will always be on #2 in my car.
I can't tell you how nervous/excited/amazed/interested I am in tonight's game 7 between the Hawks and Kings. What a series. Might be the best series the Hawks have ever played. I haven't liked the job either Bowman or Quenneville have done all year, and yet, here they sit 60 minutes away from a possible 3rd Stanley Cup appearance in 5 years. Hopefully the Cubs get to this kind of level.
It sounds to me like the three teams ahead of the Cubs will likely dictate who the Cubs draft. But the idea that the Cubs can go high schooler as easily as college arm shows me that 1) the Cubs don't draft for need. and 2) the Cubs don't have a specific date as to when everYthing should start clicking...
Listening to a variety of Blitzen Trapper this morning, most notably "Wild Mountain Nation" and "Furr". They're playing across the street Tuesday. Thought I'd catch up...
Loved the endings to Hannibal and Mad Men. Specifically Mad Men. Because there was a hint at some soul and that show usually doesn't do that. Which means I'm down to two shows- Fargo and Game of Thrones….
The Samardzija trade has to be a slam dunk. Like twice the Garza trade. We're celebrating the Garza trade now but back then the result was "Lots of side dishes…no steak." There needs to be some steak in a Samardzija deal.
I think I like Stephen Bruno busting out. Have no idea where/if he plays…… But if the rebid is going to be a successful one, it will need more players like Stephen Bruno coming out of nowhere.