Heard over the bar

Heard over the bar

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
2:09 PM

By Frankie OCSNChicago.com

Hello again everybody! Frankie O here from behind the bar at Harry Carays! What are we talking about this week? Well as much as we would like to get excited about the Cubs manager, Im not quite feeling it here. No offense, but for the fans I talk to, there were only two choices, Girardi or Ryno, and Girardi seemed like a pipe dream, so once again, Im getting some Cub fan disappointment, buy hey, IM USED TO IT!

Part of the reason is that people dont know Mike Quade like they do the others. Hes a great story: Local guy, baseball lifer and honest as the day is long. He also has a compelling presence. His problem is hes not the other two. My feeling all along was that it was going to be Sandberg. Since his Hall of Fame acceptance speech, I know I, and many others, have looked at him differently. Who knew he had that passion? Also, who knew he wanted to manage? That took the Cubs off guard four years ago and they told him that he needed to work his way up from the bottom.

To the surprise of most, he did it and he did it well. He had an obvious impact on the kids and his status as a Cub icon was a boost to the turnstiles at every level. And very importantly, his teams won and last year he was the manager of the year in the International League. My favorite part was that it seemed that every time I heard about his managerial exploits, he was getting thrown out of a game. Where did that come from? I love the passion. So in my humble opinion, riding buses, teaching kids and honing his craft was exactly what he needed to do to get the big chair once Lou left.

So I was a little surprised when owner Tom Ricketts talked about his three criteria for the new manager: 1) A good teacher and coach. 2) Understanding of being a Cub. 3) Commitment to the organization. HELLO! What he should have said is that he was going to choose whoever Jim Hendry told him to. Now as any of you who know me understand, Im a big fan of Jim Hendry, especially as a person. But, its more than obvious that a) This was his call and b) Hes not a Sandberg guy or more importantly, Sandberg is not his guy. As in almost every facet of life, it gets down to politics and in this case it is no different. Ive been hearing about Hendrys indifference towards Sandberg for a long time, but my feeling was that Jim gave him the opportunity to sink or swim and a decision would be made on the merits of that opportunity. Well, Im WRONG AGAIN!

So as we move forward, Im willing, as should all Cub fans, to give Mike Quade a chance. Hes definitely earned it. But I will do it wondering, what if? And if Tom Ricketts wants to have everyone understand everything Cub, wouldnt it be so Cub, to groom one of the faces of your organizational Mount Rushmore, then turn your back on him so that he could achieve greatness somewhere else? I have a feeling, that there are some rooting for that very thing today.

On Demand: Cubs-Indians World Series a huge draw for fans, media and celebrities alike

On Demand: Cubs-Indians World Series a huge draw for fans, media and celebrities alike

There are thousands of ways fans can consume video, pictures and text about the 2016 World Series.


According to MLB Communications, over 2,100 media have been credentialed to report on the sights, sounds and emotions of this year's Fall Classic between the Cubs and Indians.

"We have people here from about 15 different countries," MLB Vice President of Communications John Blundell said. "We have a lot of media from Latin America and Asia. We have some from the U.K. and some from as far as Australia to cover this series."

Over 42,000 fans per game this weekend at Wrigley Field will comprise a bulk of those sights, sounds and other intangibles. And that number will include scores of celebrities, from Friday's Seventh Inning Stretch singer Bill Murray to the likes of Eddie Vedder, Billy Corgan and various television personalities.

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Blundell's office has helped facilitate several requests from celebrities as well, including a bizarre one from talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. The late night celebrity surprised Cubs fan Ryan Slagle with tickets after a video surfaced of Slagle shedding tears of joy in the waning moments of Game Six of the NLCS.

"His show called us and we secured the tickets so he could take care of that fan, which was a very nice gesture. A lot of {fans and celebrities} want to be here to be a part of history. It's exciting to be around everything."

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Although seats at Wrigley Field (or Cleveland's Progressive Field) may be the 'best seats in the house,' fans are seemingly doing just fine watching the games from the comforts of a quiet living room or a noisy bar. World Series ratings are currently the highest they've been nationally since the Yankees-Phillies series in 2009. Those numbers are sure to climb as a clinch nears.

Joe Maddon drops another Michael Scott reference before World Series Game 3

Joe Maddon drops another Michael Scott reference before World Series Game 3

What pressure?

Joe Maddon has embraced the pressure and expectations all season, so why would he be any different at the first World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years?

Before Friday's Game 3, Maddon fielded a question he's been asked at least two dozen times this season: Who has been your biggest influences for management style?

Only this time, Maddon had a different answer prepared:

"Michael Scott is probably the biggest influence," Maddon said.

He then smirked and explained "The Office" reference for everybody who might not know before going on to his real answer, thanking Gene Mauch, Marcel Lachemann and others.

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Of course, this isn't the first time Maddon has referenced Steve Carell's legendary TV character in a press conference.

Maddon has often used the line, "I'm not superstitious, but I'm a little stitious," which fits so perfectly with baseball and all the wacky superstitions married to the history of the game.

And on the South Side for Crosstown action, the media press conference room presents like a lecture hall at U.S. Cellular (soon to be Guaranteed Rate) Field. 

Two years in a row, Maddon has said he feels like Michael Scott entering that room when "The Office" manager enters a lecture hall at Ryan's college classroom with boombox in hand.