Recent post on my Twitter page:
Oct 15th. That is my son’s due date.
About a week ago my wife and I finished up cleaning the entire apartment. They call it ‘the nesting period’ according to our very expensive and nearly as informative child care/lamaze classes. Talk about thorough, it wasn’t short of a visit to the ER to make sure my thumb was ok after cutting it while, none other than…scrubbing the tub. After an hour in the ER, some hospital glue and a ‘have a nice day’, we were on our way home to finish up and situate the nest to a level classified: Ready For Baby. (I’m fine, thanks for asking).
Things were cleaned, arranged just so. Nightlights were placed, sheets were laid down and curtains were put up. All that needed to happen was the baby’s actual arrival.
AND THEN….the storm came.
It rained extremely hard last Thursday night here in NYC and apparently a drain on our terrace area was blocked. By about six leaves mind you. This was just enough to cause a flood in our bedroom and living room. Classification now: Nowhere Near Ready for Baby. All of a sudden there is a ton of work to do as all of the floors in our apartment need to be ripped up, gutted and replaced. Joy.
With the recent success of the Cubs interim manager, Mike Quade, many Cubs fans are torn as to who should get the gig next year. Lots of fans, while Lou was still here, thought it was a no brainer: get Sandberg up here and let’s roll! Lots of other fans also thought trying to get Torre, LaRussa, Girardi, Bobby Valentine and the long list of others were no-brainers too.
However, now that the Cubs have posted a 9-5 record under Quade (an over .600 winning percentage) fans are wondering if perhaps Mike Quade shouldn’t be passed over and maybe he is the guy that should land the job for 2011. Those that believe Quade should be given a shot if he finishes the season as strong as he’s started his shot as Cubs skipper are quite adamant about it and hope he does so and carries this success over to next year. (Then again Cubs fans are always passionate in their beliefs of their Cubs no matter what those feelings are now aren’t they?)
The idea of Hendry’s buffoonery and Ricketts’ newness to the post and the fans’ new feeling of giving Quade a shot inspired this post. Please enjoy this new development in the world that is known as The Chicago Cubs through the eyes of Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon”.
In this video and the parody script listed below it which you can use to read along in Cubs translation…Tom Ricketts will be played by Dr. Terminus and Jim Hendry is played by his shorter, older con-artist minion. Ladies and gentleman, I give you “(Don’t) Passonmikequade!” (I suggest clicking the video window to open it in a second window and scrolling this page for parody lyrics)
Ricketts: Quick, who will they want to manage the team in 2011?
Hendry: Just pass on Mike Quade.
Ricketts: Just pass on my whatty?
Hendry: Pass on Mike Quade!
Ricketts: Got it. How wonderful to see your smiling faces again I…I’ve never known such warmth, such welcome, such loving hospitality
Man: Get out ya hack!
Man: And don’t bring those Milton Bradleys here again!
Woman: Go on back where you belong…Ameritrade!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.
I sense enthusiasm I sense loving response
And that’s why I feel Wrigley is my home away from home
I’ve been making millions in my time at ‘Meritrade
Went to U of C and that’s right down the road
You’re gonna like us, No use in fightin’ us
Caray, Ernie, Billy Williams, let’s have statues surround the stadium!
Little Jeff Samardzija was so nice to visit
He comes and goes from Triple A when recalled
Man: Why doesn’t he stay there?
Ricketts: But through all the tips
You know who could manage this place
Make the call now, one name on my list
Why…..it’s…Get Joe Girardi, uh, Call up Joe Torre, no, no… Bring back ‘ol Dusty, uh, Try Alan Trammy, p…p…Persuade Bob Brenly Uh, Quick sign Jim Tracy, uh, Pass me a hottie? Oh, I know! I’ll Hire my daddy!
Cubs fans: No, don’t Pass on Mike Quade!
Ricketts: Of course, that’s what I meant to say
Woman: I thought we’d win, 2008 And then we got robbed!
Ricketts: Remember we’re losers who do thrive on your love!
I know Silva looks like he only drinks Buttermilk
Leads aren’t under firm control given to Marmol
Santo’s emotions, “Unreal” he does notion
New statues for Cub alliance
Forget we make losing a science
With L.A. we trade away
We couldn’t keep Ted here
Don’t know what to do with Sean Marshall
Cubs fans: You’ll probably ship him out
Ricketts: Ha, ha, yes we probably will…
Man: The issue is, no thanks to Jim our Cubs always stink!
Ricketts: But WE’RE here – the wins are coming!
Cubs fans: We’re gonna flush your BS down the troffs near the sinks!
Ricketts: Wait, listen, my specialties are Hand-shaking, public speaking, statue unveiling, beer guzzling Bleacher-bumming, sibling-having, spin-doctoring! And every other ‘whatever-ing’ you can think of! My friends, you are not giving me a chance! We brought all of these free agents in from Tokyo! Japan.
Cubs fans: oooh…
Old Cub fan: Oh Ricketts, oh Ricketts, Ricketts, Ricketts, help me.
Ricketts: I hear someone. I hear someone calling me. A Cubs fan in need. A Cubs fans calling out to another great cubs fan. A service only I can provide. Madam, Tommy Ricketts is here to appease you.
Old Cubs fan: Ayye?
Ricketts: What’s your problem lady?
Old Cubs fan: Ayye?
Ricketts: How can I turn my back on such a dear woman? It’s the bleacher bum in me.
Old Cubs fan: I hear…Santo…yelling.
Ricketts: That’ll be exactly $150 madam. $75 a seat!
Old Cubs Fan: Oh, bless you Ricketts! Wait ’til next year! Wait ’til next year!
Ricketts: My decision can cure her! Did you hear her bless me while I blessed her too? How wonder I feel right here in my heart! And that’s what the baseball business is all about folks! People helping people. You should all get help!
(Hendry jumps up on Convention stage in disguise)
Ricketts: Gadzooks! What have we here?
Hendry: Oh, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy. All I’m asking for is a miracle.
Ricketts: All he wants is a miracle! How can I deny him folks….IF he’s willing to pay for it, he’s gonna get it!
Hendry: 8 years for $136 million!
Ricketts: 8 years for $136 million!
(Ricketts pours Old Style into Hendry’s mouth out of a flask, Hendry begins to dance to Go Cubs Go!)
Woman: I trust him!
Woman: I believe he’ll hire the right guy!
Man: I’ll put my hard earned money for season tickets with no guarantees in his hands!
Ricketts: My friends you’ve seen a miracle!
And you’ll see many more, People will come pouring in to, see Wrigley!
Sosa failed testing?
Surely you’re jesting!
Keep those dimes and dollars mounting
Hendry: I’ll collect!
Ricketts: I’ll do the counting! Everyone who roots for us will strong and happy We’ll be getting more wins by the day!
Cubs fans: Yay!
Ricketts: Get them off waivers!
Need the right man to lead us
All of Cubs Nation’s gonna say…
Buhh..Bring us Bobby V, no,
Raise up Frank Selee,
no, no, Dig up McCarthy,
Uh, Call Atlanta ’bout Bobby?,
q…q…q…Call up Bill Dancy
… Hire Barbaro Garbey,
Go with Bud Bailey,
Sandberg’s the must be,
Help me Girardi,
Just get Joe Torre, I want my mommy…ha ha ha ha!
Hendry (whispers): Pass on Mike Quade
Cubs fans: Don’t Pass on Mike Quade!
Ricketts: I know.
Guess we’ll see how it plays out! For now, yes…if Mike Quade finishes this season the way he’s started, I agree. The guy should be given a shot and someone should suggest the Cubs (Don’t) Passonmikequade. Go Cubs Go!
You just need to keep your mouth shut in this great game. You can’t mention anything about anything going great because as soon as you do…BOOM, gone.
My last post was about Lou loving his decision to move Z to the bullpen and all the great winning that went on afterwards. Were we on a streak to end all streaks? No. We weren’t even in first place. But the team had found it’s offense for a few games, it had a new fire lit under itself with Z gone to the bullpen and we looked to be headed in the right direction. Then I posted all about how please Lou must be with himself and it was all down hill from there. Now we’ve been swept by the Pirates, lost two games in a row after exchanging blow outs with the Reds and have to suffer a series against a strong NL East team in the Florida Marlins (who as I write this, we are currently losing to 4-2 in the ninth.
We are six games out of first place in the Central, five games behind the wild card leading Giants and have a miserable record of 14-18, looking up at the Cards who sit pretty at 20-12 and are only three and half games above the lowly Astros at the bottom of the division. Castro has even been called up to the bigs and after one huge, record breaking outing of a home run and six RBI in his major league debut, our team seems to have forgotten how to string hits along for offense again and have even found more ways to struggle at home at Wrigley.
Z to the bullpen. Castro up to the bigs. Theriot to second. Flip flop Ramirez and Soriano in the line up. I’ve been watching a lot of NBA playoff basketball lately and just like in those games where every team will have it’s run if given enough time, the same has gone for Lou lately. A hot streak, a cold streak….a cold streak, a very cold streak. Hopefully he finds the right mix and the right words to light a fire under this team soon. If wanting to win, if being paid millions isn’t enough then something else must be wrong. We need Lou to figure it out because Hendry can only call up so many hot hitting prospects to try and make a difference.
I think Keith Hernandez would fall into a coma if he called Cubs games. The Mets are 17-14 and two games out of first place behind the Phillies and even with all of that, here’s a clip of Keith calling a Mets game. Go Cubs Go…let’s turn this thing around QUICKLY!
Imagine if we were able to put a contract with the costs of signing the likes of Milton Bradley, outside of the cash aspect in front of Hendry? Or even a giant contract like the one that was offered to Soriano? Scare tactics for better investments by baseball GM’s. Might be a good idea to apply the same strategy used here to stop people from driving home drunk, to our trusted execs in the front office. Brilliant….and for what it’s worth, a good message for those leaving Wrigley and ballparks across the country, as well.
Go Cubs Go!
In 2004, it had been 86 years since the last time the Boston Red Sox won the World Series. A near collapse, a stolen base, a miracle comeback and a defeated curse later and the Boston Red Sox were World Champions for the first time since 1918.