Late night watching the Final Four with friends plus baby duty this morning = late Bullets.

  • The man at the center of the latest flap about the Theo Epstein compensation – the primary piece of compensation, himself, Chris Carpenter – says that his elbow was fine when he was traded by the Cubs to the Red Sox. “I felt great coming into spring training,’’ he said, according to Nick Cafardo. “I felt really good. Just after the last outing, it kind of flared up a little bit. I told them and got an MRI and they looked at it and saw three big bone spurs. It hasn’t bothered me. I felt really good coming in here and I was excited for the season. It’s just kind of unfortunate this happened right now.’’ Carpenter, who has had to have elbow surgery to remove the bone spurs, isn’t going to pitch for a long time, and the Red Sox have been hinting that they’d like to compensated further.
  • Bruce Levine thinks it’s time (finally?) for Bud Selig to step into the Theo Epstein compensation absurdity and end it. Bruce’s suggestion is that the Cubs write the Red Sox a small check for their Chris Carpenter-related troubles. If that small check is for more than $5, I hope the Cubs aren’t interested. And, if they do write a check, here’s hoping they tell the Red Sox where they can deposit it.
  • Bryan LaHair was a late scratch yesterday, and it sounds like it was a bit of lower back pain that kept him out. It doesn’t sound serious, but you never like to hear about back issues – they can linger.
  • Dale Sveum says he’s ready for a season of the Chicago media – the frequently repeated, frustrating questions he’s likely to face. “I don’t think anybody says they like it,” he said. “But it’s not like I dread it …. When you have a lot more people, you’re going to get more frustrating questions and questions that are second-guessing you on a daily basis. I haven’t been in that hot seat yet …. You try to answer the questions. You don’t want to ramble on about it. I don’t want to give up too much stuff.”
  • Sveum is still trying to explain away the unique challenges presented by a season at Wrigley Field. First it was the day games, and now it’s the antiquated, cramped player facilities. And his explanation sounds familiar. “We searched a lot of little places [around Wrigley to place batting cages/hitting areas] and there was just nothing where you could get a full swing unless you went out on the concourse,” Sveum said. “I think most of that stuff is a little over-rated, too. This game went on a long time without batting cages and flip screens and all that. Sometimes when you get ready, you dry swing and you’re doing it visually. It’s nice to have, don’t get me wrong. We will here in a couple of years.”
  • Sveum ranks as the second worst manager in baseball! Actually, it’s just because, in Nick Cafardo’s rankings, the freshman managers always come at the bottom. At least Sveum is ahead of Robin Ventura.
  • In the same article, Cafardo notes the rumors about Marlon Byrd we’ve been hearing for a while. In short: teams are still asking about him.
  • Jed

    I’d put Sveum before Mike Matheny. At least Sveum has coaching experience.

  • Omar

    I bet Theo Epstein told Carpenter to say that if they asked him. Hes a sneaky fellow.

  • Andrew

    Maybe the cubs will send a check covering Carpenter’s copay from Dr. Andrews.

  • florida Al

    Tell the red sawx to go fack themselves!

    • Wilbur

      So does that mean Boston is off your sister city list for Chicago?

  • MichiganGoat
    • Mrp

      Maybe they are just still in it to try and drive up the price for the Nats and Phils? Can’t think of any other reason.

  • Kevin

    Thw cubs will be saving money this year as their payroll is much lower. If the Ricketts family wants to continue to have high ticket prices then they should be able to finance renovating Wrigley Field without the support of bankrupt Illinois.

    • DocWimsey

      The question is the order of magnitudes of monies involved. The Cubs payroll is down by millions of dollars. However, my guess is that renovating Wrigley will be orders of magnitude more than that. In other words, it will take years and years of scrimping on the paychecks to cover redoing Wrigley.

  • Kevin

    At the same time the Cubs organization should not be held hostage by the city limiting the number of night games they are allowed to play at Wrigley Field. Either the Cubs can play the same number of night games as other clubs or they need to look to build elsewhere. As a true Cubs fan I would rather have a new stadium where they can play a regular schedule. Simply stated………Wrigley Field is nothing more than a museum.

  • Mike

    Caveat emptor, bitches.

  • Kevin

    Survey question……..1) Cubs continue to play at Wrigley and have an outdated stadium with limitations to improve facilities and restrictions on the number of night games thus playing at a disadvantage or and continue to lose or 2) find a new location and build a new stadium with no restrictions and have a much better chance to win.

    • BeyondFukudome

      (3) Make a serious threat to move and use the leverage to pressure the city into easing the restrictions and allowing more night games and a first-class renovation of Wrigley.

    • rcleven

      Or build on triangle property all amenity’s with new office space & state of the art training facilities .

      • D.G.Lang

        The Cubs do intend to expand the triangle lot for parking and offices along with fam amenities.

        Stories that I have read indicate that they want to bury training and warm up areas UNDER the Field. Such space would most likely include the bullpens as well as various class rooms.

        As long as there are no public items such as sewers, phone lines or electric wires, that would be a very good location, The bullpen could stay cool on hot summer days which MIGHT help them perform better than if they would be sitting under the open sun.

        If they plan ahead to get as much space as possible, they may get to reclaim some of the current in stadium spaces to provide more immediate access areas for the players who may need some relief during the game.

        Having cool areas during the summer readily available to the players to help keep them cool would help aleviate SOME of the problems caused by plyung under the hot summer sun.

        One other thought is that they would not have to buy space in the suburbs to get the additional space that they need nor would they have to clear any new land of existing buildings. There would be no new property tax either.

        Also, there would be no burden placed on the fans to drive out to the suburbs with little or no public rtansport available.

        It would make very much sense to build under the field at wrigley and avoid the expenses of building elsewhere which would NOT relieve them of any tax burden on wrigley field or Chicago mandated repairs to the stadium which the Cubs couldn’t sell because of it’s landmark status.

        If the Cubs were to move elsewhere, they would still have to pay heavy taxes to Chicago and the state for a vacant Wrigley Field.

        Finally, the fans who love Wrigley so much would be very upset and consider vacating Wrigley as being a traitor to the Cubs history.

        The Bottom line is that there is still much space available both under the field and under the stands that could wisely be converted to training, warm up, batting cages, and classrooms which would solve much of the Cubs space requirements. The clubhouses could be moved to beneath the field to expand them and provide more amenities for the players.

        The Ricketts personally own the McDonalds lot, not the Cubs but under the purchase contract reasonable space must be reserved for a new McDonalds on the property even though the McDonalds can be relocated to another part of the lot.

        Ricketts can relocate the McDonalds AND build a multi layer parking lot on that property while still providing abundant space on the ground floor level to build further Cubs amenities.

  • Kevin

    The triangle building is a joke and doesn’t solve a lot of the current issues. If the Cubs decide to stay at Wrigley after getting what they want in terms of Night games etc…..then totally rebuild Wrigley Field foul pole to foul pole. Addison street south of Wrigley must be moved to the south and Clark Street west of Wrigley Field needs to move more to the west. Now you have enough land to rebuild a state of the art stadium that will last another 100 years.

  • Kevin

    Behind the scenes I’m sure this has been discussed. Why would the Ricketts family buy the McDonalds property?

  • Kevin

    The Sox and the Bears received public funding for their new stadiums. Here is some political BS from our former Chicago Mayor.

    Former Mayor Richard M. Daley blocked Ricketts’ last plan, which included public funding from taxes. According to the August Crain’s report, the new plan still calls for “as much as $200 million in public help for a $400-million rebuild of Wrigley” but Emanuel’s “people have been much more interested than Daley’s were.”

    Daley is an asshole

    • Frank

      Wasn’t the price of public funding that the state now owns that place where the white sox play?