If you were at all like me, this weekend was something of a mental … well, not re-set, because it’s not like I feel any kind of compulsion to move on from the Cubs’ World Series championship. I guess it was more of an exhale. Not a bad one. Just one that reflects the energy we expended over the past month, and especially last week.
But, here’s the thing: because MLB’s offseason gets going just about immediately after the World Series ends, there was actually a lot to discuss this weekend. So, then, if your exhale included a break from reading about the Cubs, catch yourself up …
Friday, November 4
- For example, Friday we learned for sure that Dexter Fowler would be declining his half of the mutual option for 2017, and would enter free agency.
- Well, it wasn’t all about stuff other than the Cubs’ championship. Obviously. Friday, of course, was the victory parade and rally, and the Bullets noted the crazy dash that the morning included.
- Highlights from the rally and parade here.
- Michael looked back at the Cubs’ homer party from Game Seven of the World Series, the final Homer Party of the year.
- That game was watched by more people than any other baseball game in a quarter century.
Saturday, November 5
- The Rockies may be considering Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez for their managerial opening. (However a report last night suggests it will go to Bud Black.)
- Miguel Montero made some surprising comments about playing time, player usage, and a lack of communication during the playoff run.
- The Cardinals can’t get enough Mike Matheny.
- That Cubs parade and rally featured the largest human gathering in US history.
- The Cubs capped the day off – well, three Cubs – with an appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’, complete with twerking.
Sunday, November 6
- It’s the conversation folks are going to want to have, though I’m going to push back a bit against the “dynasty” talk.
- Michael wrote a really interesting, thoughtful analysis on the impending Jason Hammel option decision, leaning toward a belief that the Cubs would probably pick the option up (I agreed with him).
- … so, naturally, the Cubs announced their decision Sunday night, and declined the option.
- Here’s your road map for the offseason, with important dates and deadlines. It’s definitely worth a read so that you know what’s coming.