Tag: Rob Manfred

Anarchists' Brunch: Cynicism On Display

Anarchists' Brunch: Cynicism On Display
I'm pretty happy the Miami series is over at the earliest possible point this year. Though Opening Days in Miami in the past have usually forecast doom (0-14 in neon lights), these days it's just a sign of the most cynical aspects of the sports world...

Anarchists' Brunch: The First Glimpse

Anarchists' Brunch: The First Glimpse
For the first time in 2017 yesterday, there was Cubs baseball on your television if you wanted it. But didn't it feel a bit weird? Oh, it was still a pick-me-up to see the blue pinstripes again. But there was a dissonance this time. Normally, we turn into spring training games basically to watch the sun. To see the warmth. We've spent months under snow or completely buried inside by wicked cold. We've forgotten what it's like to be warm, and in some cases happiness itself. You wonder if summer ever arrived, will ever come again, or whether you dreamed it all. But this week? We were all outside on Wednesday. We had a week of 60+ temps. I didn't have to search the databanks to remember what a cold beer tastes like on a warm day. I was having one...

Anarchists' Brunch: What A Way To Run A Railroad

Anarchists' Brunch: What A Way To Run A Railroad
It seems a little ridiculous that we're four days, maybe a couple more, from a possible lockout in MLB. Whether you can believe it or not, there hasn't been a work stoppage in baseball in 22 years. We came close in 2002, but didn't get there. And a lockout doesn't seem like much in December, but people don't want to hear that word. Sure, you and I aren't going to be too fussed until spring training approaches, but the casual fan will hear the word "lockout" and they'll stop paying attention. It seems completely reckless that we could be here. MLB is coming off a World Series that more people watched in a long time. What they need to do is stay in the headlines. Ok, it's not the league's fault the free agent class pretty much sucks and there aren't going to be signings that make heads turn. But there could be trades. Whatever there are, baseball wants to keep pumping out news about what's on the field to hold the attention of all those who tuned into Games 6 and 7. That's what a smart league does...
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Anarchists' Brunch - Sometimes You Eat The Bear...

Anarchists' Brunch - Sometimes You Eat The Bear...
...and sometimes he eats you. (Yes, still figuring out where this apostrophe goes in the title. It's clearly more than one anarchist at this brunch. But does it belong to them? Or is it for them? Are they just there? Are we? These questions torment me). This week saw the trade, and essentially a white flag, on Brett Jackson. I guess it's a measure of just how far the Cubs organization has come in a short time that Jackson went from some of our brightest hope in the system to essentially the scrapheap. Then again, Jackson as a prime prospect was always a reach. It was just the only one available to us...