St_Louis_CardinalsThe 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).
  • Die hard

    Tanaka likely to sign with Seattle

  • Brian Peters

    Here’s hoping the Cubs make some kind of news between now and tomorrow because I don’t want this page polluted with Cardinal garbage.

  • cubfanincardinalland

    Will some of you boys quit sucking the Cardinals asses. This series ain’t over yet, they had a massive choke job against the Giants last year, and are quite capable of it again this year. They have been living off their luck fest again this year. Plunk the other teams best hitter in the ribs and he is out, Cardinal style. Two effing hits, yea, their the 27 Yankees.
    And to those talking about Taveras, I know some people in Memphis who told me this kid is prima donna central, Cardinals are sick of him. Huge party boy, last to arrive and first to leave every day. On his fifth agent and he is 22. Don’t be surprised if they trade him. I will stick with Baez, Bryant, Almora, Alcantara, Soler, and Vogey, thanks.

  • Satch Dobrey

    Please, please don’t make excuses for Hendry. The guy is a moron’s moron.

    • YourResidentJag

      WOW. Dumb comment…one of the dumbest I ever seen.