The other day my neighbor said he drove past Wrigley Field and there were TONS of trucks and people unloading stuff.
There's gotta be a master list with a billion items that all have to be checked off. Can you imagine being the person in charge of all that? I mean, it's gotta be structured like a people pyramid, but the amount of stuff they have to move in must be staggering.
I'M SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR OPENING DAY!
But also super bummed that Nico Hoerner got sent to... well the Minors don't start til May, so let's see what Jordan Bastian says. Oh, this: "He will open at the alternate training site, where he can get regular at-bats in simulated game settings."
There's already alot of stuff out there about this move being more about player control than Hoerner's development, but had the Bryant thing never happened nobody would be saying this. David Ross made up his mind. David Bote is established and had an incredible Spring. Hoerner's total minor league experience is "just 89 minor league games over the course of two seasons." The hope is Hoerner gets more games under his belt faster there than if he were sharing a position in the Bigs, and I get that.
I just like watching that kid play.
And THAT was really the biggest decision the Cubs had to make.
They also reassigned Shelby Miller, Brad Weick and Pedro Strop to Minor League Camp, and named Adbert Alzolay to the starting rotation.
Meaning Mills is the new Mike Montgomery.
Also notable... with those pitching demotions, Dillon Maples appears to have made the team. Here's hoping he's found his command and we're calling him "Commander Maples" in about a month.
Did you see the thing about MLB cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances?
Someone figured out that instead of substances just helping pitchers grip the ball, they may be helping them increase spin rate. By a lot.
So it sounds like umps will be inspecting balls for pine tar (or whatever) during the game and also randomly saving balls to inspect later.
I mean.. I don't really know but the Cubs' rotation of sub flame-throwing control guys might be a tad more worried about that than velocity rotations.
But also, when Anthony Rizzo was mic'd up the other day and Boog asked him about it, he sort of shrugged it off. I think he said that it was like enforcing the 10 second rule for batters to get in the box.
Did you know the Cubs are right this second looking for a home announcer at Wrigley?
The guy who reads the starting lineup and says stuff like, "Ladies and gentlemen, kindly remove your hats and rise for our National Anthem."
And you know who's also got an amazing announcer voice, as practiced on maybe a million client presentations and voice over recordings on test commercials?
Here's a hint - it's the same guy who got this response via email:
Hello TIMOTHY ,
Thank you for applying for a position with Chicago Cubs Baseball Club, LLC . Knowing there are many great opportunities out there, we appreciate your interest in potentially joining the team!
We are confirming your application has been received and a member of our Talent Acquisition team will soon review your professional credentials for the Public Address Announcer, Wrigley Field role.
Due to the overwhelming number of applications received, we may not be able to individually respond to each applicant. However, please know that we will reach out directly if your skills and experiences are a strong match for the position to schedule an interview.
In the meantime, we encourage you to engage with us on our LinkedIn page.
Chicago Cubs Human Resources
My prediction is I'll be one of the people who may not be individually responded to, but I'll let you know.
And honestly, I look back at what I just wrote and my use of the word "guy" is totally what you'd expect, right?
But if I were the Cubs, I'd be looking to hire a woman.
And... that's about it for today.
Except for this commissioned painting.
A guy I used to work with and his wife contacted me and told me this story... In the early '70s a man meets a woman, they chat, the subject of a parasite comes up, they fall in love and marry 3 months later.
"That's how my parents met. Can you paint that kinda like a New Yorker cartoon?"
Thanks again, Chris and Monica! That was SO fun to paint.