Welcome to the Cubs TheoThe latest episode of the BN Podcast focused heavily on the evaluation and future of Dale Sveum. Although nothing Sahadev and I said is unuseful or off-base, I’ve come to understand that the situation has changed a bit in the last week. More about the managerial decision soon. Until then …

  • Team president Theo Epstein has a positive spin on the Cubs’ rapidly declining attendance. Epstein told Cubs.com that to have over 2.6 million in attendance in a last place season and after trading 40% of the rotation two years in a row is a pretty impressive thing. It speaks to the dedication of Cubs fans, and Epstein reiterated his belief that, when the Cubs win, it will be all the more special for the folks who’ve been along for the ride. He also dropped this comment, which is spot on: “I have no doubt that the minute we put a winning team on the field, we’ll have a packed park, raucous crowds, and maybe borderline intimidating crowds, and up until that point, all we can ask of our fans is to trust us that we’re working as hard as we can to make it happen.” I get tingles thinking about a packed and raucous Wrigley. Soon, baby. Soon. (Please.)
  • Epstein added, per Jesse Rogers, that the Cubs will be spending money in the future when they have infusions of new revenue to spend (i.e., Wrigley renovation and TV deal). The wins, too, will come. I guess that means it’s money, wins, fans, in that chronological order. And then probably more money. Maybe even more wins, then.

  • To those still paying ardent attention to the remaining games, today’s Cubs/Cards tilt has been moved up three hours to avoid projected inclement weather. Start time is now 3:15pm CT, not 6:15pm CT.
  • Both Dale Sveum and Travis Wood were bummed about how his one inning last night turned out (three earned runs, bringing his ERA over 3). He got the first two guys out, and then things unraveled.
  • The Cubs have the third worst franchise in professional sports, according to GQ. Though I’m not sure how much credence I can lend to a ranking that resides next to a slideshow of the 50 most unforgettable boobs in movie history. (I make that remark as a critique, and now 75% of you are feverishly clicking around GQ trying to find the slideshow to which I refer … (don’t bother – it’s a really stupid slideshow full of bluster and disappointment).)

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