The Chicago Marathon is going on as we speak, and I say good luck to the participants. You are insane, but I totally respect you.
- After yesterday’s Wrigley groundbreaking, Chicago Cubs Owner and Chairman Tom Ricketts told Patrick Mooney that he hopes the Cubs will have a shot at an All-Star Game after the renovations are complete. That would obviously be an awesome thing not only for the Cubs, but for the city of Chicago – there’s quite a bit of economic impact associated with having so many people coming in from out of town for a few days. Wrigley Field last had the All-Star Game in 1990, so, bringing it back in 2019/2020 would be an even 30 years.
- Previously, it was reported that Commissioner Selig could do something about pushing for an All-Star Game in Chicago if/when the City helped move the Wrigley renovation along, so it’s possible the wheels are already in motion on this. The tricky part is going to be the fact that NL sites tend to host in odd numbered years, and Cincinnati, Washington, and Miami are theoretically ahead of the Cubs for 2015, 2017, and 2019. Maybe the Cubs get a special even-numbered year in 2020? In any case, make it happen, Mr. Commissioner.
- Ricketts added, per Bruce Miles, that he wouldn’t be discussing publicly an extension for Theo Epstein, who has two years left on his five-year contract.
- The Mesa Solar Sox finally won an AFL game yesterday, with outfielder Bijan Rademacher chipping in a hit, stealing a base, scoring a run, and notching an outfield assist. Jacob Hannemann DH’d and struck out in all three of his at bats. Ivan Pineyro got in a little work, throwing 1.2 scoreless and striking out one though he did give up a couple hits and a couple walks.
- The post-season instructional league is over for the Cubs this year, and a handful of guys will head out to play Winter Ball somewhere, and others will head home for a break.
- Of particular interest to the many Game Threaders among you: is the age of the GIF – a 20-year-old technology – coming to an end? TechGraphs wonders if there’s a better replacement.