The Wife is running in a 5K this morning (er, edit, make this all past tense), so I’m taking The Little Boy to his first race. That’s my typical role when one of these races comes up: the ride. Also, the bearer of banana when the race ends. That is not some kind of double entendre.
- Carlos Beltran might be the best postseason player of all-time, and his special abilities in that regard are only heightened by the Cardinal laundry he currently wears. Which is to say, of course the Cardinals won the opening game of the NLCS against the Dodgers on a walk-off hit in the 13th inning last night, and of course it was Beltran doing the hitting. They do it again today at 3pm CT, and the Tigers/Red Sox start their series at 7pm CT.
- The Red Sox have blossomed under Ben Cherington as GM, though the groundwork was laid before he took over the gig from Theo Epstein.
- It was another good showing yesterday for the Mesa Solar Sox, powered by Cubs prospects. Kris Bryant hit another homer (2-5), Wes Darvill went 1-3 with a couple walks, and Jorge Soler is perfecting the art of the impactful 1-5. Dallas Beeler started the game, allowing just one earned run in his three innings of work. Lendy Castillo threw a one-run inning.
- Patrick Mooney speaks at length with former Cubs GM Jim Hendry, who is now a scout with the Yankees. Hendry has certainly borne a disproportionate and unfair amount of the blame for the state of the organization by 2010, even if some of his decisions were virtually dictated by ownership in the mid-2000s. It’s a great, and depressing, read.
- A fascinating write-up on the Cubs’ corporate sponsorship efforts in conjunction with the to-be renovated Wrigley Field. From the sound of things, the Cubs would prefer to go with fewer sponsors, but who each pay more and are locked in on long-term deals. It’s a risky approach – based on my very limited experience with/knowledge of sponsorship arrangements – but it could prove to be extremely lucrative if the Cubs do it well. Based on the article, it looks like the Cubs are taking it very seriously. The tricky part? Just like TV networks, the sponsors want to know that the Cubs are going to be consistently competitive in the long-term, thus offering a compelling product for possible consumer exposure. It’s another chicken and egg issue, but hopefully the Cubs can sell the sponsors on the bright future (and then do some supplementing of the roster in the near-term to back that up).