I've got sketchbooks all over the freaking place.
I just found this one on a shelf.
This little sketch, as you can see, is from December 2nd, 2006.
(I probably outlined it and used it in an earlier post sometime, without the "He ought to just give a million to Ernie Banks" part.)
The page before it has this:
"...a news guy said that tomorrow the Cubs will sign Alfonso Soriano. Well, it happened.
Line-up: Soriano, D. Lee, Aramis, the new guy, Izturis, Murton, Barrett, Jones and some kind of trade for Julio Lugo and/or Cliff Floyd.
Remember in 2003, we were gonna win with pitching.
Now we're getting some bombers in here."
It was dated November 21st, 2006.
I was SO EXCITED!
Alfonso Soriano was part of it, but the real excitement was simply this: the Cubs were spending money like the Yankees.
Didn't you feel different?
Like you never had to take the bus again?
Like the maitre d would know your name and sit you at the table with Mr. Gates and Oprah?
Anyway, I get the whole guaranteed contract in baseball, I get how the owners screwed the players for so long, I get why there's a union, I get all that.
But sometime soon, somebody's gonna have some kind of epiphany and figure out a better way to do baseball business, because this one's busted.
You know, a new clause, a different angle, a ray of light, something.
Ahh, who am I kidding?
There's a sucker born every minute, as they say, and they have titles like "General Manager" and "Fan".
On that positive note, I know the Holidays are coming up.
There's a new link in the column on the right that says, "Cubby Blue Stuff".
I can't put stuff on there that's blatantly copyrighted, but there are some gifts that might be good for a stocking stuffer or whatever.
Click underneath where it says, "Click here if you wanna get some Cubby Blue stuff."