Sox Drawer: E-mail from Gordon Beckham


Sox Drawer: E-mail from Gordon Beckham

Monday, November 9

When Kenny Williams announced that Gordon Beckham was replacing Chris Getz at second base next season, I wanted to get Gordons reaction to the move. Instead of doing the usual interview, I just sent Gordon an e-mail with the following two questions:

How did Kenny approach you about changing positions? Since you are such good friends with Chris (their lockers were right next to each other), how tough is it for you to be replacing him?

Heres the email he sent back over the weekend:

Kenny called me before pulling the trigger on the deal. He basically just asked for my approval on moving to second base. I really appreciated him doing that, but was surprised he even asked. That meant a lot. And its really tough to see Chris go as he was my best friend on the team. We had a real good talk last night and I think we both wish we were on the same team, but both of us realize its out of our control. And we joked about the two closest friends I had on the team (Getz and Josh Fields), and that I am playing both of their positions. Its going to be difficult to replace Chris because he was an excellent second baseman and I am sad to see him go.

I hadnt even thought about the fact that this is already Round 2 for Gordon replacing one of his friends on the team. Fields was first. Getz is second. If I was Alexei Ramirez, I wouldnt recommend hanging out with Gordon anytime soon.

The general managers meetings start today here in Chicago. Normally, there isnt much activity, but considering the comments Kenny Williams made last week (there have been more conversations throughout the playoffs and World Series than I ever remember), there could be some surprises.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Looking ahead to the Cubs in the World Series


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Looking ahead to the Cubs in the World Series

“Carmen and Jurko” from ESPN 1000 and Justin Roman from US 99’s “Stylz and Roman” join David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel.

They reflect on a surreal Saturday night as the Cubs’ clinched their first pennant in 71 years. Plus ESPN 1000’s Jesse Rogers and Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi join Kap from Cleveland to preview Game 1 of the World Series.

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Road Ahead: Kyle Schwarber's potential World Series impact

Road Ahead: Kyle Schwarber's potential World Series impact

CLEVELAND — Kyle Schwarber is expected to be in the Cubs' lineup for Game 1 of the World Series, representing a wild, improbable comeback.

Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL during the first week of the regular season in a collision with Dexter Fowler in center field.

Now, more than six months later, he's back and deemed ready to go after appearing in Arizona Fall League action the last three days.

[SHOP: Buy a "Try Not to Suck" shirt with proceeds benefiting Joe Maddon's Respect 90 Foundation & other Cubs Charities]'s Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki break down Schwarber's potential impact in the Honda Road Ahead and why everybody is so drawn to the "Fast Hulk."

As Mooney says, the Cubs even had front office members running up to their suite during the pennant celebration Saturday night at Wrigley Field to watch Schwarber's at-bats down in Arizona. 

But with Schwarber back, that presents another ripple on the Andrew Miller storyline as the Indians' superstar reliever already posed a major threat to the Cubs before adding another left-handed bat into the fold that hasn't seen live pitching since early April.

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