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Old Mar 16th 2010, 11:21 pm
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Mara...it's sooooo good to hear from you again!!!! Sorry I didn't get a chance to text back when you got back from the game...been kinda crazy around here! Any more games before they pack up and head north?
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The reason I would like to see Sandberg as a bench coach before an actual major league manager position is because of those questionable moves you talk about, Bock. One positive I do like, however, is as he has moved up through the organization, so has most of the players with him. Most of the team he had in Tennessee last year were also players he managed in Peoria for those two years. So, that could be a very very good thing when it is time for him to manage the big leagues, because it could very well be a possiblity that the team he has on the field will be one that he has molded and knows better than any other manager would. He will have grown with these kids.

I'm seeing kids now in Spring Training that were under Sandberg and being fairly successful... Jim Adducci, Wellington Castillo, Matt Camp, Darwin Barney, just to name a few are all ones that started out with Sandberg in Peoria just three years ago.
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Even with most of the "so called" experts predicting the Cubs would run away with the division in 09, I wasn't as optimistic. They finished right about where I thought they would. Hendry did too much tinkering with a 97 win team and it blew up in his face.

The best part of going into the 2010 season is that the sale of the team was finalized. The Ricketts' will do great things with this organization, but it will take time.
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When Hendry found out that Sandberg was interested in managing the Cubs following the 06 season, I don't think he was expecting Ryno to take the job in Peoria. I agree that Sandberg should be either a bench coach or base coach at the big league level for a while. Brenly would be a great choice for a couple of years after Lou with Sandberg on his staff. If all works well, he will be managing several of the young players that he developed in the minors, in Chicago.
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How about he is not Lou Pinnella , who I am convinced is just rounding out his resume for a no-work job with his REAL team the Yankees. Ryno has shown more commitment to the Cubs organization and building a winning team then Lou has ever exhibited. Every time last year when we went to the well for a make-up player they performed well and that shows the success that Ryno has had in developing his players. Every challenge the Cubs has given Ryno he has shown success as opposed to Lou who has failed then failed to assume any responsibility. Ryno is the rising star and Lou is the falling one.
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What I like is Mad dog and Ryno know what type of pitcher, player, personality it takes to succeed in Chicago. I think that they know if you play hard and show effort cubs fans will embrace you if not they see through it. I mean look at the guys that have gotten a lot of stick in Chicago.... Bradley Just a bad guy- Hundley burp! Hawkins was never a closer but Jimbo didnt listen to what the rest of baseball already knew. Greg, walks a lot of guys gives up HR's Jim where were ya? Lance J total prick! The only one that got stick that was not deserved IMO was J. Jones. Cub fans are not stupid they see through phony pricks and I think Mad dog and Ryno know those players will not succeed here.
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Every time last year when we went to the well for a make-up player they performed well and that shows the success that Ryno has had in developing his players.

If I'm not mistaken, none of the players that played at the big league level last year ever had him as a manager.

Maybe Wells, but more credit should be given to the minor league pitching coordinators and instructors who suggested to convert him from a catcher to a pitcher.
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Mara...it's sooooo good to hear from you again!!!! Sorry I didn't get a chance to text back when you got back from the game...been kinda crazy around here! Any more games before they pack up and head north?
Hi Heather! Right now I have tickets for the 3/29 home game (Mesa) and for the 4/2 exhibition series game against the D-backs (usual seats, front row, next to visitor's-Cubs dugout). They will only be televising the 4/3 afternoon game at this point. I hope to add at least another game on to my schedule before they head out.
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I haven't lost interest, but I do have to say that I am going into the season with a different outlook...not as much by choice.... Optimistically cautious. That 2008 magic is going to be really hard to ever feel again, and that was the most magical season I can remember, only to end in such an abrupt disappointment that I do believe still leaves a very nasty taste in my mouth to this day.
that is exactly how I feel. I can't turn my back on them though! We're Cubs fans! We may not like what we see on the field, but when it comes down to it, there isn't a whole lot else I'd rather be doing than watching the Cubbies @ Wrigley, away games, or even on tv! Heck, if I have to mow the lawn when a game is on, I listen on the radio with the big earphones (it usually takes longer to finish though)!
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Ryno4ever that sums it up nicely for me.
I thought I was gutted when the umps were given Glavin 12" outside versus Atlanta a hundred years ago. The culmination of 1984,1989,2003 and 2008 just got to me. 1998 really pissed me off because the only thing we had was Sammy hitting HR's no chance even if we made "the playoff" I was interested in trading Sosa when his value was at its peak. But alas just like all the other untouchables Pie,(Brian Roberts) Patterson, (Tejada in his prime) Prior,(used fungo) Guzman we did nothing. I sat in MN the night Jim and Andy were hired by the Cubs. People in the bar were congratulating me because we finally hired the right team to win in Chicago. I told them we had the right guy in Dallas Green but we screwed the pooch on that one. I guess my years of frustration boiled over.
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