It’s been a little quiet on my end when it comes to putting up new content. To be honest, I hadn’t watched a full game or even close to it in two weeks, so it’s hard to write about something you’re not actually consuming. Sunday I watched the game in full, so it’s time to come out of hibernation and discuss some of the recent news around this team.

Manny Ramirez Signing – I posted the media release yesterday that the Cubs had signed the former Red Sox slugger to a deal that makes him a player / coach in AAA. What I find to be a load of BS is the statement from the Cubs about if Ramirez would be a member of the Major League roster.

While Manny is not and will not be a fit on the Cubs major league roster, we do think at this stage of his life he’s a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young talented hitters we have in the organization.  Manny will coach full-time and play part-time in a limited role that does not take at-bats away from our prospects. If he shows there is still some magic in his bat, perhaps he will find his way to the major leagues and help another team, but that is not why he is here. We are thrilled that he wants to work with our young hitters and make a difference.

That’s such a lie. You know that if he is crushing the ball in AAA, with ticket sales down, that the Cubs would purchase his contract and call him up with the hopes of generating a buzz before trading him to a contender. Just be honest with what you’re planning. I have no problem with him being here or the role they have brought him in to fill. He’s a great hitter and should have knowledge to impart, but don’t tell some garbage line about why he’s here. That crap pisses me off.

Tom Ricketts Video – If you haven’t seen the video yet, take a minute to watch it. At first, my reaction was that the video was cheesy and just another example of what makes us a laughing stock. However, as I look at it more, I think it was a good idea. I think it shows fans what the facilities are truly like. I don’t blame the Ricketts family for not doing some renovations while they wait for the jumbo-tron stuff to be sorted out. I wouldn’t throw money into a place that I might ultimately move from, either. Now the Ricketts family have put the ball in their court and it’s time to deliver. They’ve said they will move forward. Now it’s time to act on it

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail