Rambling as the Cubs Convention Begins

Welcome to the opening of baseball season!  The Cubs Convention (#CubsCon) begins today.  And it also marks the beginning of seventh year I have been writing for the best Cubs fan site on the information super highway.

I say this every year at this time, but if you have never been to CubsCon before, and you can afford it, I highly suggest you attend one soon.  For old or young or somewhere right in the middle, there is fun for all to be had.

So as CubsCon is about to begin, let’s go for a stroll down that old rambling road of random.

  • If you are in the area, and want to have a drink with some of the Cubs, I suggest you make your way over to Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier tonight for “Woody’s Night Out.”  Sounds like fun
  • Watching WGN Sports Night Live at the Convention is also a good time.  That is a quick two hours for Cubs fans.
  • CubsCon is always fun for first-time players.  I think Feldman and Baker are in for a big surprise tonight.
  • So a few years ago, out of nowhere, the Cubs announce they are moving the Convention from the Chicago Hilton and Towers to the Sheraton Towers.
  • Then today, it is announced that the new hotel across the street from Wrigley will be a Sheraton.
  • I see what you did there, Tom.
  • I thought Theo’s comments about Boston’s ownership were quite interesting.   Eventually, he will leave Chicago, and I hope he tells us all what it is really like at 1060 W. Addison.
  • The Cubs Development speakers include Kerry Wood and Mark Prior … or night and day or right and wrong, or any two things that are opposites.
  • “Man, I am so pumped for the World Baseball Classic, I cannot even think straight,” said no one ever.
  • It just never seemed like a good idea, and it is still not a good idea, and I am not sure it is working.  But then again, it will be years to see if Baseball will truly become an international game.
  • However, I do like that that Americans can play on the International team of their heritage.  That is kind of a cool twist … if there is one.
  • One of the funniest parts of CubsCon is the guys of the past who were on the team for two years.  Or played a big role for one season 20-some-odd years ago.
  • I mean, who isn’t surprised to see Les Lancaster or Steve Trout signing autographs, or Tim Stoddard for that matter.
  • Tim Stoddard was my pitching coach when I was in junior high.  I saw him in the bar at CubsCon a few years ago and told him I took pitching lessons from him for awhile.  He just looked at me and said, “I guess you didn’t make it.”
  • That was hilarious.
  • Garza has a good twitter feed.  He is no Brandon McCarthy, but he is worth the follow.
  • Soler scheduled to start above Kane County if he proves it.  They would be great.  AA already … fantastic.
  • Baez and Soler excite me more than any Cubs prospect/suspect duo … well, ever.  This could be fun … in two or three years.
  • Now, if we could just have ONE pitching prospect to overhype and pin unrealistic hopes on, that would be just great.
  • And finally, be sure to follow the CCO on twitter (@TheCCO) and all weekend.  Neil and I will be attending and Neil will be posting like crazy.  You should see the guy take notes.  It’s like he works tirelessly running the best Cubs fan site on the Internet in his free time or something.

Enjoy the weekend and all the CubsCon coverage and until next …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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  • Ripsnorter1

    I don’t care much for self-serving books written by losers who are trying to shift the blame for their own failures. Francona is most responsible for the 2011 BoSox collapse at the finish line. HE DIDN’T HAVE THE TEAM READY TO PLAY. Morale in the clubhouse was awful, and you have to blame the manager for that. And you have to blame the GM for not firing him, or correcting the situation. The Brewers fired a manager in the playoff race, if you recall…..

    Frankly I think Theo and Francona singing of duet of the blues is more than a little off key.

  • calicub

    excellent work as always brian

    • brent carmona

      Same here!

      Thank you for the twitter feed too Neil, looking forward to the recap