Veteran’s Day may have officially been yesterday, but we can remember and honor those who serve any and every day of the year.
- Junior Lake is getting some love for his (so far) huge year in the Dominican Winter League. The Cubs have a tough mini-decision to make on him in the next couple weeks, as the 40-man roster is at 36, including Lake, which doesn’t leave them a whole lot of room for maneuvering in advance of the Rule 5 Draft. I think the Cubs are going to make something happen in that regard, be it with Lake, or a Matt Szczur, or a Josh Vitters, or someone else, before the end of November.
- More on the fallout from the failure of the Cubs and ASU to come to an agreement on sharing facilities in Mesa. It’s more of the same, but with a humorous inclusion. For those inclined to embrace the “Clown Kenney” persona, prepare yourself for a new arrow in the quiver: “The personal chemistry was not good. [ASU Athletic Director Steve] Patterson and [Cubs Business President Crane] Kenney spent much of one session arguing over the location of a hot-dog stand, the person close to the talks said.” I’ve not been one to get into the sniping in the media about Kenney’s tenure, but man, this story sure falls into the stereotype that folks have built around him. Who’s going to put together the first Kenney/hot dog stand joke? Fertile ground, friends.
- (In Crane’s defense … maybe it was a really important hot dog stand. And maybe that meeting was “The Meeting to Discuss Encased Meats and Points of Sale.” And maybe Patterson brought hot dogs to the meeting drenched in ketchup, which started things off on the wrong foot.)
- One last(?) thought on that failed deal, from BN’er Spriggs in the comments over the weekend: “It isn’t a big deal to most Cubs fan, but it is unfortunate for the Cubs and for Mesa. One of the reasons for moving from Hohokam is the lack of activity around the park. It’s surrounded by an old residential area and a huge city cemetery After the games, a majority of vistors leave Mesa for Scottsdale, Phoenix, or Tempe hotels, bars, restaurants, etc. Part of the idea behind the new spring training complex is to have Mesa be that destination for spring visitors (where they pay city hotel taxes, sales taxes, support local business – which hire local labor, etc.). Ricketts wanted more of a Wrigley atmosphere… Mesa wanted the economic activity. The new complex is being built in an area that allows for a “Wrigleyville West” as they were calling it. Having an ASU and it’s student body included in that activity could have been very important — making it more than just a place to go in March. With ASU in the mix, it would have become much more economically viable to open new stores, bars, restaurants, etc. I think losing ASU will make the build out much slower.” That’s a good point. An unfortunate one, but a good one.
- David and Kim DeJesus’s fundraiser dinner thing is tonight.
- In case you missed it over the weekend, there was a Lukewarm Stove on Saturday.
- The MLBullets at BCB look at the Dodgers’ spending proclivities, and their possible targeting of Torii Hunter as the most expensive fourth outfielder in the game. My thoughts there: “Why is the Dodgers’ pursuit of Hunter notable? Well, for at least two reasons. For one thing, Hunter is expecting to get a starting job somewhere (and he could find one if he shopped around), so the Dodgers would have to pay handsomely to get him to join their crowded outfield. For another thing, if the outfield is to be un-crowded (they’ve already got Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, and Andre Ethier as the presumed starters), the Dodgers will have to deal Andre Ethier … just months after signing him to a five-year extension. Perhaps that’s their plan, rather than simply putting together a $300 million payroll, but I can’t say I endorse that approach either – sign a guy to a five-year extension, and then deal him in the immediately following offseason? That can’t be a great way to endear yourself to players.”