Cubs legendBaseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks to be next featured guest on Inside Look

Cubs legendBaseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks to be next featured guest on Inside Look

CHICAGO CUBS LEGENDBASEBALL HALL OF FAMER ERNIE BANKS TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUEST ON
COMCAST SPORTSNETS MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, INSIDE LOOK

Inside Look presented by Cadillac, hosted by Comcast SportsNets David Kaplan, featuring Ernie Banks to debut Thursday, May 3 at 3:00 PM

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of Inside Look, including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (May 1, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac.

Debuting Thursday, May 3 at 3:00 PM, Comcast SportsNets David Kaplan hosts Part I of an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Cubs legendBaseball Hall of Famer ERNIE BANKS. Mr. Cub discusses everything from playing his entire Hall of Fame career on the northside, to the devastating disappointment of the 1969 season, along his advice to former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Lou Brock, what his reaction will be if the Cubs win a World Series title and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV. Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Ernie Banks: Part I on the following datestimes: Thu, May 10 at 11am - Sun, May 13 at 12 noon - Tue, May 15 at 4pm - Fri, May 18 at 11:30am & 5:00pm & Wed, May 30 at 5pm. Part II air datestime will be announced at a later date.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Ernie Banks presented by Cadillac premiering Thursday, May 3 on Comcast SportsNet:

BANKS on playing his entire Hall of Fame career in a Cubs uniform:

There are 800 players that played here, still living, that I played with and Im going over that list now. And through here, theres been many different managers, many different players, many different coaches, and thats what I enjoyed about being here at Wrigley Field. Every year is a new situationits just a new attitude to it, and I enjoyed that, I really enjoyed it.

BANKS on the devastating finish to the 1969 season:

A lot of people ask me (if that was the biggest disappoint in my career), but I went and looked at next year, I was 41, 42, well, next yearwell get em next year. My thing was always in sports that Ive learned is how to overcome losses. I guess Ive learned a lot of that hereits justtheres always tomorrowand I saw this in death. My mother died, my brother, my sister & all that, and I just got over it from playing here with the losses, thats what Ive learned, Im just telling you that, a secret of minethe lossesovercoming losses.

BANKS on his advice to fellow teammate and future Hall of Famer Lou Brock:

Lou once said, Ernie, what does it take to be a major league player?I said Lou, you gotta relaxyou gotta learn how to relax. He said you can do that, I cant do itI dont wanna go back to Louisiana chopping no cotton. He was just really tense just relax. So, my relaxation came with thinking about different situationswith people. Just different situations with people I know, friends, and all of thatand then go into the batters boxand then go to the field. The pressure of playing professional sports is just unbelievable today.

BANKS on what he would do if the Cubs win the World Series at Wrigley Field:

Ill wait til everybody leaves the ballparkand go walk right out there on that mound. Everybodys gone nowand justIll just thinkabout all the things through the years, over 100 years that this team didnt win, and now theyve won, andits amazing.

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From ‘When It Happens’ to ‘Where It Happens,’ Cubs mining next generation of talent

From ‘When It Happens’ to ‘Where It Happens,’ Cubs mining next generation of talent

MESA, Ariz. – The Cubs turned Theo Epstein’s “Baseball is Better” speech from his first Wrigley Field press conference into a marketing pitch that might distract fans for a moment from an awful big-league product.          

The 2017 “That’s Cub” ad campaign actually uses what started organically years ago within the farm system, two words that recognized a great at-bat or a heads-up play or a defensive stop.    

Business vs. baseball is no longer the dominant storyline it had been during the early phases of the Wrigleyvile rebuild. Business and baseball are booming for what’s become Major League Baseball’s version of the Golden State Warriors.

It’s just interesting that a franchise valued at north of $2 billion has found so much inspiration on the back fields of this spring-training complex, where staffers you wouldn’t recognize get to work before dawn and players you’ve never heard of dream about their big break.

It’s not just drafting Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber. And trading for Anthony Rizzo, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and Addison Russell. And hiring a manager obsessed with T-shirts. Baseball operations became a marketing department, selling prospects to Cub fans, the Chicago media and the gurus putting together the rankings – and trying to get buy-in from players who all think they belong in The Show.

Minor-league field coordinator Tim Cossins gets credit for “When It Happens,” a theme that didn’t simply revolve around 1908 and the championship drought. Jason McLeod, the senior vice president who oversees scouting and player development, suggested pairing the W flag with that phrase, and it became this ubiquitous idea around the team.   

“We tied everything into it,” McLeod said Sunday at Sloan Park. “When that time comes, when it happens, can you lay the bunt down? When it happens, can you execute a pitch? Can you go in and pinch-run, steal the base when the time comes?

“The big ‘When It Happens’ is when we win, of course, but for us in (player development), it was about everything that we’re going to be asked to do in that moment: Are you going to be ready when it happens?”

Now what? The defending World Series champs are going with: “Where It Happens.”

A bullet point from Epstein’s bio in this year’s media guide references how his first three first-round draft picks with the Cubs “combined to set up the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series when Schwarber singled and (Albert) Almora pinch-ran, moved to second on Bryant’s deep fly to center, and scored on Ben Zobrist’s double.”

“We’re never going to forget about the importance of young players,” Epstein said. “There’s definitely a lot of talented, interesting prospects still in the system and sometimes they get a little overshadowed because of the star young players we have at the big-league level and how quickly some of those guys moved through the system. But there’s a lot of talent there.

“We’re going to lean on young players beyond our prospects, not just in trades, but also to provide organizational depth and also to serve as the next generation, the next infusion of talent at the appropriate time.

“But it’s a process. There’s going to be a lot of ups and downs in development for all these guys. And we have a ton of faith in our player development operation to help these guys along the way.”

So Ian Happ will start the season one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa and see if some combination of injuries and his switch-hitting skills and defensive versatility gets him to the North Side at some point. Or used as a trade chip for pitching, the way third baseman Jeimer Candelario and catcher Victor Caratini appear to be blocked.

Joe Maddon already compared Eloy Jimenez – who can’t legally buy a beer in Wrigleyville yet – to a young Miguel Cabrera or Edgar Martinez. The Cubs are practically begging for someone like Eddie Butler to pitch his way into the 2018 rotation.

By Monday morning, when the full squad reconvenes after a weekend trip to Las Vegas, the Cubs could start making cuts and shaping their Opening Night roster. But the Cubs are going to need so much more than the 25 players who will be introduced next Sunday at Busch Stadium. Maddon used 26 pitchers and 149 different lineups last season. This is “Where It Happens.”

“If this particular group of youngsters were in a different organization that had a greater need right now, you’d probably hear a lot more about these guys,” Maddon said. “But the fact that they’re stuck behind a Bryant and a Russell and a Javy (Baez) and a Rizzo and a (Willson) Contreras and a Schwarber, et cetera, et cetera, it becomes more difficult to really push or project upon these guys.

“But I think these young guys have gone about their business really well. If it’s bothering them or if they’re concerned about that, they’re not showing that. I think they’ve put their best foot forward.”