Ladies and gentlemen, Rick Renteria!

Rick Renteria has been the manager of the Chicago Cubs for a month now, but hadn’t been properly introduced because of his recovery from hip replacement surgery. That changed yesterday when he was presented before the media at Wrigley Field. What did we learn on Rick’s first day at Wrigley? That managing the Cubs is his dream job.renteria

As a rookie with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986, he played his first game at Wrigley on Sept. 14 and got a hit in his only at-bat.

‘‘He had his picture taken in front of the park,’’ his wife Ilene remembered. ‘‘It was the only place he ever had his picture taken.

‘‘I’m not just saying this — this was the job he always wanted. He was absolutely thrilled.’’

Is he going to fix Starlin Castro?

‘‘People ask me about Starlin. He was one of the first I spoke to and we spoke at length. I watched him from the other side and thought ‘what a tremendously gifted athlete.’ He’s willing to do whatever we ask him to do.

‘‘The reality is you have to have dialogue. You have to put forward as best a plan on how [each player] can move forward.’’

What does he envision from his coaching staff and team?

‘‘They’ll bring the idea that we want to teach,’’ he said. ‘‘We have to present a consistent message. I want this to be a club that gives tremendous effort. We want to be a club that is aggressive on the bases and is smart. I’m very excited about the guys we have now and the talent in the organization.”

Was Theo Epstein a bundle of nerves that Renteria might go off script during the press conference?

“Normally, when you hire someone new and he meets the media for the first time, you’re kind of holding your breath and hoping he doesn’t put his foot in his mouth,” Epstein said. “We’ve worked with Ricky for a month now. I was totally comfortable and checking emails while he was talking. I feel already an innate trust in who he is as a human being.

“Everything comes from such a genuine place. He’s extremely intelligent and relates to people well. It’s nice to trust somebody in that role.”

Theo is already so bored by Renteria that he was checking emails during the press conference? I thought it might be interesting to see what Theo said about Dale Sveum when he was brought forth before the Chicago media.

“He knows the game inside and out,” Epstein said. “He has a great combination of intelligence and intuition both between the lines and in the clubhouse. Next is his rare ability to hold players to high standards and hold them accountable, while also earning their respect and admiration. Dale demands a lot of his players but is held in universally high regard by them. That’s a tough thing to pull off.”

That was from November 19, 2011.

21 thoughts on “Ladies and gentlemen, Rick Renteria!

  1. Doc Blume says:

    I really miss those caps the Pirates used to where.

  2. Doc Blume says:

    Rumor is that Cano has an offer in hand from the Mariners for 10 years, $240 million.

  3. johnnywest333 says:

    I wonder if Theo got that email I sent him.

  4. Doc Blume says:

    Scott Fieldman just signed with the Astros…3 years $30 million.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      Scott Feldman and the Astros seems about right.

  5. Doc Blume says:

    Granderson signs with the Mets.

  6. johnnywest333 says:

    Cubs sign Koyie Hill 12 years 2 million.

    1. NotAgain says:

      *snort*

    2. Doc Blume says:

      That is as bad of a move as signing Cano for 10 years and $240 million.

  7. juliedicaro says:

    The stupid Marlins are taking my Garrett Jones!

    1. johnnywest333 says:

      Is there something you’re not telling us?

    2. Doc Blume says:

      I think it is more like “Stupid Garrett Jones is considering signing with the Marlins.”

  8. Dwer says:

    I love those hats. Did the Cubs ever wear a hat like that?

    I like the guy, but I wouldn’t have expected Theo to say anything differently.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      There were some teams that did have similar hats back at the turn of the century, but from what I understand, the Cubs were not one of them.

      1. Dwer says:

        That’s too bad.

  9. NotAgain says:

    I didn’t know they had color photography in 1916.

  10. NotAgain says:

    Alright, he already has exhibited greater intellect in 1 presser than Sveum did his entire time here. Does that mean we’ll never have to hear “them guys” on the CSN post-game show again??

  11. NotAgain says:

    OMG, Rafael Furcal hasn’t retired YET??

  12. juliedicaro says:

    Cubs interested in Joba Chamberlain???? WHAT?

    1. Doc Blume says:

      And John Axford.

  13. snoogans says:

    The more I see of Rick Renteria, the more I’m convinced that in 2 years, he’s going to be looking for a new job.

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