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October 2009



GirlieView (10/30/2009)

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By now you’ve either seen, heard, or at least heard about this morning’s press conference featuring the Ricketts family. What are your thoughts? Are you enthused? Do you feel confident in the new ownership? Are you excited about things to come? Or are you more “wait-and-see”? Maybe you are feeling like all is lost? Let us know what you think!

For what it’s worth, I liked the Ricketts’. I have confidence in them and I actually can’t wait to see the changes they are planning, even if they feel the best action in certain situations is no action. If nothing else I feel that at least someone cares. That in itself makes my outlook positive. How do you feel about it?

In other news, I bought a new car this week. Got rid of my Jeep Commander and got a Toyota Venza. I’m in love with it, which is saying a lot because I never love my car. Just a transport mechanism. But I’m loving this one. I doubt anyone cares about any of this but it’s been awhile since I chit chatted and as we’ve all admitted, there’s not a whole lot of exciting baseball talk lately. At least for the next month or two.

Anybody dressing up for Halloween? Not here, but we do have about five bags of assorted sugary goodies to hand out to the hundreds of little visiting ghosts and goblins. In our town they have Halloween hours … trick or treating is from 5 – 7 pm and that’s it. I like that a LOT. Hope you’re equally blessed in your town. 🙂


  • Maybe pith just ain’t your bag
  • Then we could of had a Alyssa Milano vs. Kate Hudson, what acting have you done lately?, cage match.
  • Wait, the baseball season isn’t over?
  • Ken Rosenthal mentioned recently that “Multiple teams are in contact the Cubs about outfielder Milton Bradley, with one source saying, “You would be shocked at the level of interest.”. I’m calling B.S.
  • players tend to have a big psychological component to their hitting, so if they think a hitting coach can help them, it might
  • I’ve already cooked and eaten my batch of crow on Lee. He carried this team and I’d hate to think of how bad it could have gotten without him.


  • SWAG (Statistical Wild-Assed Guess)

I’m betting that acronym sticks around here! Have a great weekend and don’t forget to turn your clocks back and change the batteries in your smoke detectors. xxoo

  • We certainly have a better chance with the Ricketts family than we have in my lifetime (nearly 63 years). Credit the TRIBUNE with being better owners than P.K.Wrigley, who apparently sold so much chewing gum that he didn’t give a damn about winning. Yes I am old enough to remember the College of Coaches, the sticking to day-ball only, the trade of Bill Madlock because Wrigley was a racist idiot. The TRIBUNE was better than him because he was abominable. The only Chicago owner in his category was Dollar Bill Wirtz of the Blackhawks. But the TRIB is a corporate entity and never had the ability to get out of the way of a Dallas Green and let him work. If Green had been allowed to run the Cubs, we would have won the Series 15-20 years ago.
    An owner of the Cubs smart enough to model the organization after the Boston Red Sox will win. Remember the Sox make big trades and sign big money free agents, and they also have Youkilis and Pedroia and Elsbury, their fruit of their own system, powering the team. And they got Beckett and Lowell for one of their young stars, Hanley Ramirez. That is where we want to be. Soon. And this ownership makes me think we have a chance.

  • BuckeyeCub

    I like Tom Ricketts as the owner, plus he lives in my hometown. I think he will be good, and don’t worry about succession once he dies, he’s been really busy with his wife. They have 5 kids. And Ricketts drives a Cadillac. I think they will follow the Red Sox model to make this team a perennial contender, but I don’t see how their master plan of getting everything ready for the centennial of Wrigley in 2014 will be doable unless the Cubs play somewhere else for a few seasons, something Tom doesn’t want to do.

    Side note, when the Cubs won the World Series, where they played is now the West Campus of UIC. And my freshman year I lived there. So where I eat, slept, shat, and pissed used to be the site of baseball games. How crazy is that?

  • BuckeyeCub

    BTW – This week’s Lizzies are not a bunch of Gregg

  • JoePepitone

    How crazy is that?

    About as crazy as the insane asylum that was located beyond the left field wall.

  • BuckeyeCub

    Which is now part of the UIC Medical District

  • BuckeyeCub

    Did anyone hear about the Bradley for Vernon Wells swap rumor? Probably the biggest load of Gregg I have ever read. So we got a problem child making 20M over the next 2 years, great lets take on 100M over the next 5 years to get rid of him! I bet Chris De Luca started that rumor. I hate that guy. He is such an idiot. In February 2008, he said the Cubs would suck in 2008 unless they got Brian Roberts. If I got the paper copy of the Sun-Times with all his terrible articles, I wouldn’t need to buy toilet paper, and I would save enough money to cover the cost of subscribing and then some