There was some huge, huge news yesterday, which was inexplicably obscured by the election: ‘Boy Meets World’ is coming back (kind of)!

  • Former (sigh) Cubs color man Bob Brenly was on with Waddle & Silvy yesterday, doing a bit of a debrief on his time with the Cubs. The most important question? Why are you leaving us, Bob!? “Everybody has to make decisions in life based on what’s best for their family and what’s best for them,” Brenly said. “Circumstances change throughout your life. I mean, if I was 38 years old there is absolutely no way I would have walked away from that job job regardless. I would have stayed there forever. But I’m sneaking up on 60 here and this is where all the old people go to retire anyway, so I thought I would just get a jump on the crowd. But I’m absolutely going to miss everything about Chicago. I’m going to miss my partner [Len Kasper] desperately, and I know whoever comes in there to take my place, he is going to mold them into a really good analyst.” Brenly added that 2012 was an exciting season to see the transition in the Cubs, and he thinks the future looks bright.
  • Brenly also said that he regretted saying, back in 2008, that you could throw a dart in the Cubs’ dugout and hit a better defender than Alfonso Soriano. Other than that, though, he said he didn’t really regret anything he’d said (you’ll recall, he famously ripped Aramis Ramirez for being a numbers-gatherer, and not a good leader for the young players).
  • The Cubs have signed former Brewers utility player Edwin Maysonet to a minor league deal, which might include a non-roster invite to Spring Training. I feel like we already knew about this move, but I can’t find any evidence of that. Maybe I’m just precognitive.
  • Phil Rogers brings up Cubs minor leaguer Yoennis Negron, the starter whom the Cubs signed before last year out of Cuba, and then who mysteriously pitched in Mexico all year, despite being 27 years old at the time. He pitched well, and he’s now tearing up the Venezuelan Winter League, which isn’t entirely meaningless (the level of competitiveness there varies wildly, but it’s around AA/AAA). He’s 28, and doesn’t have much pro experience, but he might get a look in the Spring.
  • Jonathan Eig, the proprietor of ChicagoSide, sat down with Cubs’ VP of Ticket Sales and Service Colin Faulkner to discuss the why-should-we-pay-so-much-money-to-see-a-crappy-team thing, which makes for an interesting philosophical discussion, but not a particularly interesting practical one. Why? Well, Eig says it, himself: “Imagine owning the second-worst team in baseball. It has a waiting list of 115,000 customers. Would you reduce prices?” The Cubs, although I do think they do form some kind of public trust, are not a charity. Their decisions on ticket prices will be governed, primarily, by supply and demand. And, frankly, as a fan, I remain of the mind that I want them to generate as much revenue as possible (while preserving the fan base long-term (because that, too, impacts revenue)), so that they can put that revenue right back into the organization as they’ve repeatedly promised to do.
  • Cubs Convention passes go on sale this morning at 10am CT. Anyone know the Sheraton well? Where can we all try and meet up for a drink on Friday night?
  • The MLBullets at BCB note that David Ortiz thinks Bobby Valentine might be crazy.
  • Greg

    That was a very unsatisfying answer to why he left. For a guy who didn’t hold back much as an analyst, he still seems to be not really coming clean.

    • wilbur

      I will assume that you’re not approaching retirement. I am and it made all the sense in the world to me.

      As Freud is often attributed to saying, “Sometimes a good cigar is just a good cigar.” Application here! Sometimes what people say is what they mean.

      • Greg

        If he does indeed retire and not end up an analyst someplace else then I agree with your point. I’m pushing 60 myself and can relate.

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    • cubchymyst

      As long as it has a Savage in it, it could be good. The two savage brother had a corner on the growing up on TV market for boys with Boy meets world and The Wonder Years

  • Smackydoodle

    I’ve lived in the South for 34 of the 35 years of my life, and always dreamed of going to the Cubs convention ever since it’s inception. Now I live in Chicago and I get to go! Woo hoo! Of course most of the players I saw play up close for the TN Smokes, but whatever, Cubs Convention here I come!

  • Evan

    I can’t wait to go to the convention!!!! This will be my 14th one!!!! I am going miss the Hilton though. A new surrounding means it will be a lot harder to get autos, I am so gald I got Theo to sign my Obama parody shirt last year after his conference in the Grand Ballroom.

  • Gcheezpuff

    Bob won a WS with Arizona and is highly regarded by most of the fan base. Is it that hard to believe his ties to the organization just make the AZ job more appealing? I love the Bob and Len team and am sad to see him go, but I completely understand the reason.

    • Cyranojoe

      Absolutely agree. Had hoped he’d be there for the end of the rebuild, but when you gotta go, you gotta go.

  • Stu

    If you have a waiting list for tickets, why would you have to change the product on the field?

  • Spriggs

    For what it’s worth, I saw Bob and his son Monday night at Hohokam (AFL game – I think they came to meet up with Logan Watkins). I had the opportunity to chat briefly and thank him for the enjoyable work he did with the Cubs. He said it was the most difficult decision of his life.

  • CubFan Paul

    ‘so that they can put that revenue right back into the organization as they’ve repeatedly promised to do’

    I could spend all day on that…

  • Stu

    So the Cubs have $50M or so coming off the books. Where is that money going?

    • Mick

      Most of our players will earn more in 2013 than they did in 2012 particularly Castro, Marmol, Garza, and Samardzija which accounts for about $9m. Our current 2013 payroll is about $64m and the projected payroll is rumored to be between $90m-$100m. That leaves us with around $35m to spend via FA. We’ve got holes at 3B (or utiltiy IF if Stewart and Valbuena platoon), CF (or RF if DeJesus slides over), 2 SP’s, and a RP. We’re rumored to be in on SP’s Marcum and McCarthy which cost around $20m annually for both leaving $15m to fill out the rest.

  • David

    Wish all of the people clamoring for ticket price reductions could grasp that concept.

    If you don’t want to pay it, don’t. There’s a great chance somebody else will.

    • ColoCubFan

      I completely understand the business side of the ticket prices issue. I just feel bad for the people that live month to month on a tight budget that have to literally save a little back for weeks just to take their kid to the game. I guess maybe the tickets aren’t so bad, but the food prices are just stupid!

      • Diesel

        You know for those families who save together and go to one or two games a season it means a whole lot more to them than going to every game does to someone who is extremely well off. I would venture to say those families would not regret one minute of saving for those games.

      • BT

        those people are going to be able to get tickets on stub hub for about 40 cents a game this year.

  • rick

    you can always buy at a discounted rate before the game.

  • Rice Cube

    Brett, the Sheraton is right along the river. You’re within a stone’s throw from a bunch of really nice places to gather and eat/drink/be merry since you’re literally right next to the Mile. I don’t think you’ll have a problem at all 😉 I’d probably just go to Yelp and find a place you think is nice and then go there.

    • Brett

      Nice. Question is, though, where will all the media and front office folks go? It was pretty obvious at the Hilton that folks would congregate at Kitty O’Shea’s. But at the Sheraton, I just have no idea. I guess the question is: is there a big hotel bar there (big enough to accommodate lots of folks, I mean)?

      • Andy

        At worst, I suggest Lizzie McNeills on the river, just east of the Sheraton. Great bar for what you’re looking to do, though I doubt you see many front office types there. A couple of bars just North of the hotel might be better for that.

  • kent

    In no particular order:
    won a world series there
    better weather
    better facilities
    better organization
    need I go on?

  • clark addison

    I totally understand Bob’s desire to work close to home (82 more days a year), be with his family, and return to the scene of his greatest achievement. I’ll miss him, but wish him the best.

  • mysterious4th

    I get why Bob is going to AZ. He has a ton of personal connections to AZ and it is also business!
    I am hoping I end up in chicago around the time of the convention. But it all rests on what the tests/doctors say.

  • Cub Fan Dan


    Went to the Sheraton for a conference a few month ago. It has the CHI BAR, which is a bit more trendy than Kitty OShea’s. It also has a bar in the center of the floor where the Chi Bar is. $8 beers (like Wrigley!) . PJ Clarke’s is down the street & Lizzie McNeils is a nice little Irish dive next door to the Sheraton.

    The convention rooms are on 3 different floors. It looks like theres gonna be some running around, but they are on top of each other so all you hafta do is ride the escalator.

    I’ll be there with my wife (I got her a BN shirt for XMas) & my hippie father in law.