Little kids hear everything. I know that everyone says that, and you’re warned in advance. But it’s hard to moderate your normal speech patterns – say, during a surprisingly tight, and ultimately disappointing OSU/Michigan game – when a kid’s development takes place over such a long period of time. It’s not like one day you can say anything you want, and then the next day you have to stop. They understand almost nothing, and then a little more, and then a little more, etc. But, like, yeah, we’ve definitely reached the point where we can’t say anything around The Little Girl without her adopting it wholesale in her own vernacular. Nice little mirror she is …
- There may be only two finalists for the open color broadcasting job on WGN Radio, according to a report from Robert Feder: Todd Hollandsworth and Ron Coomer. Hollandsworth has been doing pre-and-post-game stuff with CSN for a while now, and Coomer has been doing broadcast work with Fox Sports North (Twins). The 2014 season might be the last one on WGN Radio, so part of the negotiations will involve either a very short-term commitment, or the ability to transfer the broadcaster’s deal to whatever radio network the Cubs end up on after 2014. We could learn of a decision within the next couple weeks.
- MiLB.com interviews Kris Bryant about his whirlwind year. I particularly like the note that he was as tense as we all were during that extra long pause when it was the Cubs’ turn to pick in the draft.
- Tony Andracki writes about Starlin Castro’s struggles last year, and whether Rick Renteria will be the manager to get him back on track.
- The Cubs will light the tree at Wrigley Field on Thursday at 5:30pm CT, complete with hot chocolate, cookies, and Santa. I imagine it will be a fun diversion.
- Yesterday was the busiest offseason day I can remember in the last five years. So many trades, so many signings (including a big one). And I chuckle to myself at the rash of folks who say, “And the Cubs are just sitting on their hands!” Setting aside the fact that I’m quite sure they’re not doing nothing, there’s this Veruca Salt mentality with folks (“Don’t care how, I want it now!”), which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in the context of an offseason-long effort to build a roster (to say nothing of the broader rebuilding plan). That the Cubs were one of 15 teams that didn’t make a move yesterday is neither surprising nor troubling. There was no deadline yesterday. Chill, baby.