Things a Cubs Fan Needs To Know on Thursday
Trump Nominates Ricketts to Staff
It’s been a busy time in the sports world. The emotional honeymoon from the playoffs and World Series is wrapping up, football is in full swing and the onset of basketball has had my head spinning. So, it wasn’t until this morning that I ever heard of any kind of relationship between President-elect Donald Trump and Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, let alone one strong enough to garner a spot for Ricketts on a team of gazillionaires to collaborate on Trump’s economic plan. The official title of the position is Deputy Commerce Secretary, where Ricketts will “help us cut waste and streamline government so that it works for the people of America,” said Trump before going on to sing sweet praises about the incredible job Ricketts and his family did with the team. Good for Ricketts—sure will look good on his resume. Wait, do people who are worth $1 billion even have one of those?
MLB Labor Talks in Final Hours
Naturally, the Cubs are good (great) for the first time in…a long time and Major League Baseball is on the verge of their first lockout in 21 years. At the time of this writing (4:30 p.m. CST) the collective bargaining agreement had yet to be renewed by midnight’s deadline although the general feeling was optimistic, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. The issue that allegedly has the two sides stuck is the luxury tax, as MLB is the only sport of the major four in the U.S. that doesn’t have a traditional salary cap. A failure to reach an agreement would put a hold on player signings.
My money is on an announcement of a “negotiation extension.”
Source: CBA is done.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 1, 2016
Hoyer reacts to being excluded from Sale trade talks
Reports of the White Sox refusing to engage in trade discussion for the brilliant Chris Sale circulated on Tuesday, and general manager Jed Hoyer said Wednesday that he was not surprised. He put it simply: “I just don’t think you’re going to see a lot of deals between the two sides,” he told the Chicago Tribune.
Was Sale ever a realistic option anyway? We will never know for certain. But, it is slightly puzzling that the White Sox wouldn’t at least consider a trade package from a defending World Series champion whose front office has cheat codes on how to rebuild a franchise stashed somewhere deep in a gold-plated safe. Oh well, I guess. We need relievers anyway!
Way-way-way too early prediction of Cubs Opening Day Lineup
It’s been a relatively slow day in Cubs Nation, so allow myself to be a punching bag in the comments section with a precocious Opening Day lineup.
*Disclaimer: I, Nate Head, am in no way, shape or form to be held liable for any claims of “jinxing” a player in this lineup for injury (God forbid) before the season begins.*
So, with that out of the way, here goes:
What do you think?