I hope you got to hear his introduction from Theo and Jed.
David Ross was officially "unveiled" as the new Cub manager in a pretty organized little press conference with... I don't know maybe 15 members of the press all asking a question one after the other.
A couple were addressed to both Ross and Epstein, the most angsty of which asked if David was going to be a "puppet" for Theo.
Of course even if someone were hired to be a puppet, they'd never come out and say so, right?
Theo was dead serious and said something like, if you wanted a puppet, you wouldn't hire David Ross.
They were both pretty adamant that Ross would be his own man.
That he ain't no fuzzy wuzzy Gwandpa Rossy in the dugout.
And they were both very clear on saying this wasn't a decision they'd made in advance.
Sure they knew Ross and all the stuff he already brings to the table, but I guess they really put both Ross and the other candidate, Joe Espada, through the ringer in the second interview (and only these two made it that far).
A fake press conference, come up with a schedule for a spring training day and a game day, a pregame speech for the team vs a made up team, an impromptu spring training speech to the team in the actual locker room filled with people... stuff like that.
He nailed it, and there he was at this real event with real press and he's really the manager of the Chicago Freaking Cubs.
He got to say all the stuff a manager gets to say before the reality of actual baseball, put on the hat and jersey.
Cue the applause.
It must feel so fantastic, and I'm sure you're as excited as I am for both Ross and the team.
Conversely, we've got Matt Nagy.
The stuff he said (and repeated today - he's sticking to that story)... I'm just flabbergasted.
I know that over time Mike Ditka has proved to be just a crappy human being, but if you recall the mid '80s, it was different then.
And he helped define what the Bears are, what their team personality was about.
If you couldn't beat the guy in front of you, you weren't there very long.
Can you imagine what '80s Ditka would think about Nagy's sort of... to me it's more than a lack of trust in his offense.
It's more like... why play the game?
Why get out of bed if you're thinking you might fall down the stairs?
Why work on that big project if you might fail?
There's something wrong with a head coach who's got that kind of philosophy, something that doesn't really inspire confidence.
It's football, man.
If you think your coach is fine with you not being able to beat your man and he'd just as soon take a freaking knee?
If I'm that player, rather than be inspired to kick the ass of the guy in front of me, I'm inspired to take a knee myself.
I really don't get it.
And I really miss my Bears.
It's not even Halloween and I've got MONTHS OF FREEZING COLD WEATHER with NOTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO BREAKING THAT MONOTONY.
Okay lastly, tonight is game 6 of the World Series.
Stephen Strasburg vs Justin Verlander.
Hard to beat that.
And even though the Nats lost all 3 in Washington - that mess included a game 5 where Max Scherzer got a neck injury and couldn't pitch... that may come back to be the real story of the whole series.
A game 7 with Scherzer starting vs Greinke slants the thing a different way.
First, however, is Strasburg vs Verlander.
I'm firing up the grill.
Oh last thing.
I'VE HAD IT WITH THAT STUFF!