I spent a fair amount of time today looking for our old Ronny Cedeno photos. Alas, I think they’re on my old computer. This is a huge shame for our new readers, as you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen Ronny Cedeno beaming at you from a Chicago Cubs uniform in front of a waving Old Glory. Sadly for all of us, you’ll have to settle for the photo below, though it’s not without its charm.
The reason I bring all of us this up, of course, is because Ronny Cedeno, he who once was caught stealing on a walk and once tossed a live ball to a ump because it was wet, has been signed by the St. Louis Cardinals:
ST. LOUIS — Infielder Ronny Cedeno has agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, giving them insurance in case shortstop Rafael Furcal has problems returning from an elbow injury that sidelined him late last season.
Cedeno can earn an additional $850,000 in performance bonuses under Monday’s deal: $170,000 each for 200, 250, 300, 250 and 400 plate appearances.
I’m not sure exactly what kind of insurance the Cards are looking for, thought I suppose it could be insurance that they’ll be entertained or insurance of a few laughs. Either way, it’s been a long, hard off-season for us Cubs fans, and this is the first time I’ve really smiled in a while.
Enjoy him, Cardinals fans. For the love of God, enjoy him.
Hey, remember that big media presentation the Chicago Cubs did at Cubs Con about their renovation plans? The one where everything was unveiled to the fans and the media in order to drum up public support for the renovation? And then Mayor Emanuel got all mad and told them to stop negotiating through the media? Turns out they aren’t huge fans of OTHER people negotiating through the media:
The rooftop owners on Friday made a public plea to the Cubs to not destroy their money-making bird’s-eye views of the Wrigley by putting up billboards along the back of the bleachers. At a news conference, they offered to let the Cubs place signs on their buildings and the owners would forgo all revenue the signs would generate.
The team did not greet the plan warmly on Friday, urging the rooftop owners to stop negotiating through the media.
(Giggle). I like to think that “Stop negotiating through the media!” is a concept that Todd Ricketts just learned, and that he yells it at the rooftop owners at random intervals, when he doesn’t know what else to say.
Finally, we’ve got a new balk rule this season. No, I don’t know why:
Major League Baseball is imposing a rule that pitchers who fake a throw to third base and then throw to another base will be charged with a balk, according to the New York Times.
The rule change takes effect this season.
Pitchers have been doing it for many years in an attempt to throw off base runners, but it rarely works. Now, pitchers can no longer do it without being called for a balk.
“It’s funny,” umpire Ted Barrett said. “When they presented it to us at our meetings, nobody even said, ‘Why?’ “
Why indeed. So when you don’t have to watch some boring pitcher spend 15 minutes doing his “fake t0 3rd, through to 1st” move that never works, you have MLB to thank.