Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

schwarber ballIs there going to be enough distance between the NLCS and Halloween activities for folks to do Cubs-related costumes? Seems like this season provided a ton of great options …

  • Paul Sullivan followed up on the Kyle Schwarber ball with the man, himself, and it’s another great read on what has become an especially fun story. Schwarber doesn’t seem to have an especially strong opinion about what happens with the ball now that the Cubs’ playoff run is over, though it kinda sounds like he wouldn’t mind if it stayed there on top of the right field video board. I always thought the choices should be: (1) Give it to Schwarber if he wants it, (2) leave it right where it is forever if he doesn’t.
  • I know that the Cubs could auction it off for charity, but is that really worth more than the value of leaving the ball up there, where fans can climb up in the grandstand to look over and show their family and friends on their first visit to Wrigley Field? Where it can continue to grow as part of the lore of Wrigley Field organically? Especially when it rests atop a part of the renovated Wrigley Field, a part that folks don’t see as historic or having any particular connection to the the Cubs’ story (yet)? The homer happened in the first year of the video board, as the Cubs were beating the Cardinals in their first postseason series win since 2003, and with the new wave of young players – hit by one of those young players. It’s just too perfect to do anything but leave it up there, assuming that’s at all logistically possible. If the Cubs end up putting the ball up for auction, I’m going to do my best to “win” the ball and try and convince the Cubs to leave it up there. This is how serious I am about silly, fun moments in Cubs history.

  • Jon Greenberg writes about the Cubs’ need to spend in the offseason in order to supplement a team for which so very much went right in 2015. While I’d point out that the Cubs very likely don’t need to win 97 games again next year to make the playoffs (the top of the NL Central this past season was historically good, and, by definition, is not likely to see that repeated), Greenberg is absolutely right that you can’t expect the Cubs to make a couple small additions this offseason and then repeat the success they had this year, when so much broke right for them. Will that require a spending splurge? Not necessarily. But, given how impressive the free agent crop is this year – not just pitching, but overall – it does feel like a particularly good time to be flexible in your spending approach (even after acknowledging that you can’t buy competitiveness in free agency anymore … but you can add in an impactful way to an already competitive team). Given that the Cubs did spend relatively aggressively last offseason, and given the revenue increases we’re anticipating the Cubs will have seen this year, I do expect them to have the flexibility to make the moves that the front office deems prudent. Just don’t expect them to be a luxury tax level team just yet.
  • Not unlike when the Mets inadvertently started promoting the World Series on their website before Game Four against the Cubs, there was a little timing snafu on FoxSports1 last night:

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