Chicago Cubs Friday Discussion: Peter Gammons, Eric Wedge, and You

I was driving to the train this morning when I heard Peter Gammons say on 670 The Score that the Cubs had interviewed Eric Wedge for the open managerial job. Gammons says the Cubs have interviewed “half a dozen guys” at least twice. ¬†This, I think, was news to most of us, as we haven’t heard about any one of the named candidates being brought back for a second interview.

Try not to look too excited. Eric.

Try not to look too excited. Eric.

I feel about Eric Wedge the same way I feel about Rich/k Renteria, Manny Acta, AJ Hinch, et al: Just . . . meh. Although didn’t Wedge once get into a fist fight with Milton Bradley? That actually makes me like him more. I do find it curious, however, that as we would expect the Cubs to be narrowing down their search to a few candidates, Jed and Theo seem to be expanding the field. While I’ve heard the standard “they just want to make sure they’re covering all their bases” ad nauseam, it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that the front office hasn’t been especially overwhelmed by any of the candidates interviewed so far.

Without doubting Jed and Theo’s wisdom, at this point we have to ask the question as to whether this is what they expected when they fired Sveum. Once it became clear that Girardi was staying in NYC, the manager search seemed to become somewhat rudderless. Each day we hear yet another name, each as underwhelming as the names before it.

I’ve been assured that the front office is not looking to hire another placeholder manager, a la Dale Sveum, but THE manager who will lead a competitive young team to the post-season in fairly short order. Is that guy on the list of candidates we’ve heard so far? I’m not sure. Then again, as someone said to me last night (yes, it was probably a stupid Cardinals fan), “I doubt Mike Matheny looked like the best candidate available at the time, either.”

Good point. I hope the Cubs hire someone as hot as Mike Matheny.

Thoughts?

17 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Friday Discussion: Peter Gammons, Eric Wedge, and You

  1. Doc Blume says:

    I actually like Wedge a bit. Not enthusiastically…but I like him more than anyone else being discussed.

    While this is a rock solid rumor, Gammons was the guy who said that the Cubs would hire Wedge after Lou retired.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      Yet he still manages to scoop he entire Chicago press corps at least once a month. I believe Gammons more than Wittenmeyer.

  2. Doc Blume says:

    If you’ve been impressed with Mike Matheny, then you probably should be hoping the Brad Ausmus’ name is added to the list of candidates.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      Meh. Ausmus is just okay-looking.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        This is why you fail.

  3. Doc Blume says:

    Something else to be said about Wedge…he did have a stroke this past season while managing the Mariners. If managing the Mariners caused a stroke, that doesn’t bode well for his health if he manages the Cubs.

    1. NotAgain says:

      He’d be dead or permanently incapacitated by the All-Star break. Not that I’m wishing such a thing…

      1. juliedicaro says:

        This may not be the best fit.

        1. Doc Blume says:

          I’m still amazed that Lou didn’t suffer some life threatening condition while managing the Cubs.

  4. Doc Blume says:

    So…after the World Series, my family is dropping Dish Network in favor of…nothing.

    I’m very excited about this and seeing how it works out. I’ll miss football this winter, but the Bears are making that more tolerable all the time.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      I admire you, but I could never do this. I spend way too much time watching Animal Planet and the Science channel to ever go without it.

      1. gravedigger says:

        I didnt know there was a science channel. Why didnt anyone inform me of this.

        1. juliedicaro says:

          It’s my favorite channel.

      2. Doc Blume says:

        Here’s the thing…that’s pretty much all I watch on TV besides baseball…and occasionally football. And that’s just not enough for me to pay that much a month. My wife and I plan to get Netflix and we have our own extensive movie collection which should suffice.

        Then we’ll figure what to do come baseball season next year.

        Besides, if we feel like we are missing out too much, we’ll just get satellite again. It’s a grand experiment. Others who I’ve talked to that have done the same have pretty much said that they they were just as nervous, but since have had no regrets. It should be interesting.

  5. juliedicaro says:

    Not enough people looking at Ryan Dempster these days, apparently:

    1. NotAgain says:

      On his way to his off-season rodeo clown gig.

    2. Doc Blume says:

      He looks like he should be a canadian hockey broadcaster…not a canadian ballplayer.

      Or maybe this is how all canadians dress.

      And, no, the word canadian should not be capitalized.

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