I really wish I liked basketball more than I do (which is to say I don’t). This time of year can really be the dregs for sports viewing…
- Commissioner/Emperor Bud confirmed to reporters yesterday at the White Sox’s version of CubsCon (aw, man, we didn’t get Selig?) that the Theo Epstein compensation issue has indeed landed on his desk, and is now his matter to decide. “The clubs tried to settle it themselves,” Selig said. “I have a lot of patience because everything controversial generally winds up on my desk. In this case, I did give the clubs more latitude and hoped they could come to some conclusion. But they didn’t and now it’s my case.” As for a timeline, Selig would say only that he’d like to decide the matter “as expeditiously as possible.”
- The Cubs have re-signed utility player Bobby Scales to a minor league deal and invited him to Spring Training. Scales, 34, has been a fan favorite for a few years now as a guy who kept trying, and trying, and trying, until he finally made his Major League debut at age 31 in 2009. He got another taste of the bigs in 2010 before heading to Japan in 2011 to make a little scratch. He’s back, and he’ll serve as a positive influence in Iowa, as well as depth that prevents the Cubs from having to rush youngsters if they’d prefer not to. There’s also the off chance that he could fill a utility role on the big club at some point.
- Selig also said yesterday that he expects the additional Wild Card in each league to be implemented this year. “Clubs really want it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an issue that the clubs want more than to have the extra wild card.” The reasons should be obvious. For now, it looks like that Wild Card round of the playoffs will be just one game, which is the only crummy part in my eyes (baseball is not a “one game” kind of sport).
- Roy Oswalt is on the verge of signing with the Cardinals according to Gordon Edes. That kind of sucks, because the Cardinals will also be getting back Adam Wainwright, but Oswalt is getting old and has regular back problems. Also, we get to keep cheering against him. So there’s that.
- Speaking of the Cardinals, former GM, and current Reds’ GM Walt Jocketty, says the Cardinals are the favorite in the NL Central. It’s either them or the Reds, it is now easy to concede, with the Brewers a fairly clear third. The Cubs … don’t come in for a mention.
- Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the trade that brought Ryne Sandberg to Chicago.
- The Cubs need to bring their mascot back. Clearly, in 1908, it worked.
- Dude. If you break into Wrigley so that you can sit on the field, and a guard, rather than immediately calling the police, asks you to leave – do it. You got what you came for. Otherwise, he will call the police, and you’ll get more than you came for – namely, an arrest, and an embarrassing news article like this one.