Saturday Night Live continues week after week to give their unique take on world news using this moniker so with all credit going to Lorne Michaels and company….here is the CCO’s take on the latest from the wire.
Before updating the latest from the Northside of Chicago….everyone here would like to take a moment to recognize the passing of a great ambassador of the game of baseball. Buck O’Neil passed away at the age of 94 on Friday night. The former Negro League star was just one vote shy of induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame last year and became the first African-American coach in Major League Baseball when the Cubs hired him in 1962. Not only did baseball lose a great man but society lost a truly amazing human being. An article in Saturday morning’s Sun-Times by Chris De Luca mentioned that Jim Hendry has stated he would like to name the Cubs new manager by the end of October. Several reports have indicated that Hendry has contacted Joe Girardi and will interview him next week. In his article De Luca goes on to explain the Cubs are also planning to abide by the Major League Baseball guidelines of interviewing minority candidates. De Luca also goes on to explain that Hendry is planning on interviewing Lou Piniella but has to work around his schedule with Fox and he is planning to interview Bob Brenly next week.
According to a report in the Rock Mountain News, Girardi is the front-runner for the Cubs job and the report mentions how much the Marlins “loved playing for him” last season. Girardi had trouble dealing with management and will adjust his views on dealing with the front office.
The Nationals have reportedly already interviewed Girardi for their opening and he has replaced Dusty Baker as the favorite to take the position with the Nats. Jim Hendry has to make a decision soon, stick to it and name a manager before another one of the guys he is interested in signs elsewhere.
Congratulations to the Oakland A’s for taking game 3 on Friday from the Twins to win the series in 3 games. The A’s will await the winner of the Tigers and Yankees series, as good as it would be to see the Yanks lose it is hard to pull for a team with Ivan Rodriguez on it. The National League Championship series could find out today who its participants will be. If it is the Cardinals versus the Mets….will any of the Faithful actually cares who wins?
Till next time…