Can you imagine having Greg Maddux as your assistant?
It would be so easy to get his autograph: "Uh Greg, ordinarily I'd be the one signing all these contracts, but uh, in your new capacity as Assistant to the General Manager, why don't you sign them. And this baseball. And this program..."
You could have him handle all your important calls: "Hello, Charlie Trotter's? Yes this is Greg Maddux and I'd like a table in a half hour please."
Or - "Rocky! The Wirtzter! It's Mad Dog! What up, bro? Listen, my boss would like some front row tix to the Hawks/Redwings next week..."
Or - "Hello Mr. Selig, Greg Maddux. Great. How about you? That's great. Listen, can you tell me why the Cubs aren't playing the Cardinals at Wrigley in a big 4 game series on either 4th of July or Memorial Day weekend? Yeah. Can we move things around so that can happen please? You're the best, Bud."
Ahh, but that's not why this is really such awesome news, is it?
You and I can both remember seeing Maddux talking on the bench to whoever was pitching that day. And you'd think, "We are sooo lucky Maddux is on the Cubs, giving out invaluable instruction like that."
I love that he's gotta "learn how to evaluate talent", like he couldn't figure out if a guy has a good swing or curveball, right?
But as Assistant to the General Manager, whatever he ends up doing, this is SO all good.
AND... maybe he'll make an appearance this weekend at the Cubs Convention.
I'd break all my own personal rules about not talking to celebrities or trying for autographs if he does.
Also, and this isn't written in stone or anything, but I might be doing something at the Convention with Mike Huang and the VINE LINE guys. Maybe a slide show of illustrations or something. It would be awesome if it happened.
I'll let you know.