The Brewers tied the NLCS up yesterday at 2-2 with the Cardinals, and the Tigers pulled closer to the Rangers at 3-2. If I’m right that any Theo Epstein announcement won’t be coming until the LCS end, for those of you who just want the drama to be over, those two outcomes weren’t good.

  • Native son (and badass-super-awesome-my-musical-hero-rock-god) Billy Corgan was on the WGN Morning News yesterday, pleading for the return of Ryne Sandberg. “Please, please hire Ryne Sandberg,” Corgan offered as his message to presumed-new-GM, Theo Epstein. “White Sox Nation followed Ozzie all those years. I think Cubs Nation will follow Ryno.” Unrelatedly, has Billy ever done a version of ‘Someday We’ll Go All the Way’? If not, you gotta get on that, dude. The Eddie Vedder version is sublime, so I can only imagine what you could do.
  • Aramis Ramirez wants a multiyear deal from the Cubs or he’s walking, which is pretty much what he’s been saying for a couple weeks now. I’m more confident that Mike Quade won’t be a part of the 2012 Cubs, but Ramirez isn’t far behind.
  • Let’s hope Theo Epstein isn’t listening to Boston Red Sox writer Seth Mnookin, who offered this impressively obtuse evaluation of Chicago fans and media, as contrasted with those in Boston: “The attention, the scrutiny, it won’t be a 365-day thing for him. There won’t be the public expectations and the media expectations.’’ Pro-tip for Seth: travel outside the Northeast sometime. The rest of the country totally exists, and some of it might surprise you. (How is that last name pronounced, by the way? I hear it in my head as one of the shouts from ‘Street Fighter.’)
  • Meant to include this in the bullets yesterday, but the brilliant Joe Posnanski wrote an absolute tome on the Chicago Cubs. If you have 30 minutes and don’t mind becoming a little depressed, give it a read.
  • David Haugh says we should believe in the Ricketts plan, hopping on the bandwagon I’ve been driving for more than a year. Obviously landing Theo Epstein is a huge presupposition of that belief in the Ricketts plan, but even if that deal somehow falls through, I remain incredibly encouraged by Ricketts’ efforts.
  • Carlos Pena is on boardwith Epstein taking the reigns. “He is the type of person I definitely appreciate and a professional that I appreciate,’’ said Pena. “Even playing against him so many years [for Tampa Bay in 2007-10], and playing for him briefly in 2006, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Theo. I’m excited. I’m excited about the ballclub.” This is actually emblematic of why it’s so difficult to be a GM – Pena is such an awesome dude, and I want him to come back in 2012 because I like cheering for him … but it may not be the wisest use of team resources, given the state of the team. Tough decision. That’s why Theo gets the big bucks.
  • Bryan LaHair kicked off his participation in the Venezuelan Winter League with a 4-4, two homer effort. Speaking of those tough decisions, eh, Mr. Epstein?
  • Theo Epstein’s grandfather wrote ‘Casablanca.’ Of all the Starbucks on all of the North Side, he walks into mine.
  • This is irrelevant to the world of the Cubs, save for the fact that it touches, lightly, on Epstein, but Ken Tremendous (née Michael Schur), formerly of Fire Joe Morgan fame, wrote a diatribe about the coverage of the collapse of the Boston Red Sox. It is funny and poignant in the way that an article written by a fan of the Cubs would be funny and poignant while flinging self-loathing f-bombs at every turn. Bonus fun fact: Schur is the co-creator of Parks and Recreation. I had no idea. Swoon.
  • BD

    “How is that last name pronounced, by the way? I hear it in my head as one of the shouts from ‘Street Fighter.’”

    LOL! I didn’t think of that the first time, but after this sentence I read the name again and it is totally perfect!

    When I first read his name, I thought maybe “Mnookin” was something people in Minooka do. (I didn’t say it would be funny.)

    • Brett

      Glad that landed for at least one person.

      • Jason

        I pronounce it as Nookin as in by making this statement I’m nookin’ to demonstrate that I’m a complete East Coast centric moron.

      • packman711

        “The pipes are broken…?”

  • Mikey

    Brett, i was reading the theo epstein article and is there a possibility that we don’t even get theo? should we be worried now?

    • hansman1982

      I wouldn’t be too worried – ESPN and the other Boston media are just being obtuse and are pissing on everyone’s parade for missing out on the playoffs – I don’t see how we don’t get him – just maybe only 1 liuetenant

      • oswego chris

        you guys need to be careful with your use of the word “obtuse”…don’t you remember what that word made the warden do to Andy LaFrain?

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  • johnbres2

    I am not sure what the basis of the Sandberg-hype is. We have been seeing a lack of urgency by MLB teams to snap him up as their manager. Surely, he will get his chance, but we really have little idea why the Cubs should take him. He is a sentimental favorite, mostly because of the ’84 season. But I will be surprised if the Cubs take him. I would rather expect Theo to grab a guy we hadn’t expected.

  • Ian Afterbirth

    Theo Epstein’s grandfather wrote Casablanca????
    I’m shocked – SHOCKED!
    This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
    One of the best scripts ever (although I’ve been partial to Paddy Chayefsky’s Network lately).

    And, being a professional pronouncer for 15 years, my educated guess on Mr. Mnookin’s name is that the “M” is silent resulting in “NOO – kin”.

    • Wilbur

      Nothing against Network, but Casablanca is the best script ever, in my humble opinion. It still works seventy years later. Put on Casablanca, sip a couple of scotch’s, smoke a cigar and then just enjoy …

      • Toosh

        I can watch “Casablanca” any time it’s on, from any point in the movie. I saw “Network” once and don’t care if I never see it again.

        • Fishin Phil

          Agree with you guys on Casablanca.   Probably my favorite movie of all time.


          • Brett

            1. Good Burger
            2. Casablanca
            3. Hotel for Dogs

          • JulioZuleta

            Please, the best script for any person who calls himself a Cubs fan has to be Rookie of the Year, when Henry Rowengarter blows out his arm (as many a Cubs phenom has done over the years) and sees him mom’s name in his glove, thereby giving him the idea to throw the floater to Heddo…brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it. That, along with academy award winning performances by Daniel Stern (Brickma) and the one, the only, Gary Busey (Chet “The Rocket” Steadman) is all capped off by Henry robbing the home run to save the game for his little league team at the end and revealing his Cubs World Series ring, WOW. It doesn’t get any better than that folks.

            • JulioZuleta

              Side note: I pass Wrigley on the Red Line every morning and still get pissed when I see the outer walls and that Wizard of Oz-esque door isn’t actually there like it was in the movie.

      • Ian Afterbirth

        I would definitely put Casablanca over Network on my list of all time favorites.
        But for baseball movies I’ll take the original Bad News Bears every time.

  • cubsklm

    Schur’s point number 2 is exactly what I was saying about Ramirez, if and when he leaves the Cubs.

    Just say “Thanks for the good years, you’ll be a Cub forever.” And not be critized by someone who has not donned a Cub uniform.

    By the way, I feel the same way about Sammy.

    A lineup of Castro hitting 3rd, Fielder 4th, Ramirez 6th, would look pretty awesome.
    Then upgrade the OF and SP. Doesn’t matter who is pitching, this team needs to hit.

    • Brett

      The previous front office was *terrible* about dumping on guys on the way out the door. Sammy, Milton, Silva, etc. I’m not saying they were great guys who deserved the best, but it reached ridiculous proportions.

  • Ryan

    Michael Schur also plays Mose on The Office.

    • Brett


  • business


    • Brett

      HAHA. Yes. That.

  • Brett

    Attention to Hawkeye and Oswego Chris – your names have now been changed. Log out, and then log back in (here on BN main page) using those names, and then head over to the Message Board. That should take care of everything.

  • Curt

    just putting this out for thoughts, why not bob brenly as manager knows what’s going on and if by fluke chance aramid dies come back he’ll ride Ramirez everytime he takes a play off, admires his doubles he thought were homers, but mostly bc brenly had the experience and a ring , I know ryno is the sentimental choice and I like the guy too but I want a proven major league manager.

  • amoo22

    curt, if brenly was named manager aramis probably wouldnt ever come back to the cubs and brenly would never want him, at least that is the way they make it seem. I would love to see brenly as the manager just because i feel like whatever im thinking while watching a game brenly says.

    In a side note anyone see the tweet from @the_heckler? “Cubs-Red Sox talks not going well after Ricketts tries to pawn off Zambrano, Soriano”  made me chuckle in the middle of a very boring class lecture on why developing nations will always be developing

    In a back note…. Brett, how come my picture shoes up on the message board but not on this page?

    • Brett

      The blog uses for avatars (your picture). The Message Board has two options: or a picture from another source. My guess is you used that second option for the Message Board. I suggest going to, setting up your picture there, and then you should be set in both places (that’s what I do).

      • TWC

        So we have gravatar to blame for your new pic?

        • MichiganGoat

          Duffman smash gravatar

        • Brett

          And only gravatar.

  • Rancelot

    Holy Tidrow!

    “Smashing Pumpkins front man is a die hard Cubs (and Sandberg) fan.”

    When I first read this sentence I thought it said Billy Corgan IS die hard, our treasured BN poster. It made me bring out the liner notes from “Gish” to see if there happened to be an overusage of elipses…then I thought, was “I Am One” about Dick Tidrow?

    • MichiganGoat

      It all come together… Gish, great album will be listening to this tonight

    • Brett


    • Ian Afterbirth

      You guys have awful taste in music.
      I say that with the utmost respect.

      • TWC

        I only listen to French.

      • Ian Afterbirth

        THERE ya go!

        There are some other good bands out there too.

      • hardtop

        really? liking gish means someone has awful taste in music? so if some likes nickleback they are what… brain dead? or worse… a Cardinals fans?
        i don’t know if my affinity for Gish comes from being a teenager in Chicago in the early 90’s or what. I still think its a good record. Truth is, first time I saw smashing pumpkins in the early 90’s, I wasn’t impressed… they were no Naked Raygun, that’s for sure!

        • TWC

          Ah, Naked Raygun… good times indeed in early 90’s.  Remember Pegboy, formed from Raygun?  Still my favorite Chicago hardcore band.  Strong Reaction is an incredible record.

          FWIW, I think Billy Corgan is an ultra-douche, but Gish is a pretty wonderful album.

          • Ian Afterbirth

            Oh and French does a cover of NR’s “Managua”.

        • Ian Afterbirth

          Naked Raygun????

          I was a hardcore kid going to shows at Cubby Bear back in ’82-84.

          Naked Raygun was one of the best – but Articles of Faith was my favorite.

          I prefer Styx to Smashing Pumpkins and I mean that quite sincerely.

          Actually I love Styx, but Cheap Trick was the best band to ever come out of the area.

          • TWC

            Cheap Trick = Rockford’s finest.

            I once won a radio contest (free lift tickets to a Tahoe resort – I dont’ ski) because I knew where Cheap Trick came from.

            • Rancelot

              Musicphile here! While I enjoy most genres of music (not including modern pop, rap and modern country) my affinity lies with something with edge and crunch; heavy if you will. So, my vote for Chicago’s finest band is Trouble: psychedelic doom metal at its finest. Pretty sure that Dick Tidrow and Chuck Norris are card carrying fanboys.

  • Buzzamus

    I thought Billy Corgan bashed Eddie Vedder for making that song and called him out for not being around Chicago enough to be a “true” Chicago fan? Or was that a joke and I just fell for it?