My first go-round on The Lineup on Radio DePaul was, um, interesting to say the least. Host Eli Hershkovich (@TheLineupRDP) goaded me into giving a play-by-play call of my favorite Cub, which I did with aplomb. Of course, about half-way through, I realized that I never should have started. Needless to say, I'm pretty sure Eli and co-host Tom Bostwick (@BOSSDOG50) were watching the dump button closely.
I'm not sure whether they were hard up for Cubs "experts" or what, but I guess my epic fail didn't prevent them from having me back on this past Thursday. This time around, James Neveau (@JamesNeveau) was in the booth as well, which made for a pretty spirited conversation.
Over the course of my call, we talked about the Cubs moving from WGN to WBBM (Pat Hughes is moving to, so I don't care), Kris Bryant's status (as a fan, I want him up, but from a business perspective, I see no need to only move the needle slightly closer to mediocrity), and the upcoming draft (nailed it on Kyle Schwarber).
As far as the latter point is concerned, I must give credit where credit is due. Initially slated as a late-mid first-rounder, talk of Schwarber going to the Cubs as an underslot pick at #4 had really be building as the draft approached. We ran a post in which our info implied he was a real possibility, and I later had heard the same from trusted sources like Sahadev Sharma and others.
And as an IU fan, my admitted bias led me to add a great deal of hope to logic. The Cubs were looking for affordability, safety, and speed to market with their selection, and Kyle Schwarber certainly fit the bill after the White Sox took college pitching stud Carlos Rodon.
To close my segment, Eli tried once more to walk me into an embarrassing trap, but I was wise enough to decline a Hawk Harrelson impression. I did, however, reference Hawk's TWTW metric. Here, have a listen (it's Flash though, so those of you viewing this on iDevices will need to check out the podcast):
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