Monday, April 02, 2007

Update: Cubs for sale -- Sox scalped by Tribe in opener

The Chicago Tribune has been sold and I mistakenly assumed that billionaire Sam Zell had taken the Cubs as part of the deal.

Wrong. The Tribune now reports that the Cubs are to be sold separately.

I'm not certain whether Zell is "flipping" the Cubs... or whether the team is not included in the sale and is being sold separately. Having read the linked article, I'm still not sure.

But I did learn from the article that Zell has a piece of the White Sox -- so, according to the Tribune, he would had to have chosen between that stake and ownership of the Cubs.

So far, he's making good decisions....

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Meanwhile the White Sox lost the home opener 12-5 to the Cleveland Indians. The score wasn't close -- and the game wasn't as close as the lopsided score indicated. And can anyone tell me what Pablo Ozuna was doing trying to bunt with two out and two on and down by seven runs?

Still, the Sun eventually came out and the day began to live up to its advance billing.

José Contreras gave up five runs in the first inning... and couldn't record a single out in the second. He looked every bit his age.

Whatever that might be.

The best story I heard at the game came when the kid next to me took a phone call from someone else in the stands. It seems Paul Konerko's third inning home run bounced off the face of some girl this kid knew. She got the bruise... but someone else ran off with the ball. Chivalry is dead.

It's just a good thing that beer today was sold in plastic bottles with screw tops. Because I remember, when I was a kid, my grandmother told me they couldn't sell beer at the ballpark... if the Sox lost the opener....

5 comments:

Malnurtured Snay said...

Same with the Baltimore Sun. We'll see how it all turns out, eek!

Where fibers meet mud said...

my grandmother told me they couldn't sell beer at the ballpark... if the Sox lost the opener....

I know where you get that twinkle in your eye - - from your grandmother - - she was a character too I see!

Both sides of Ohio won in Baseball not so much in Basketball... and so goes the day!

landgirl said...

I still associate baseball with Spring, oddly enough, even though now the news is full of cricket and rugby and football (soccer). I only went two ball games in my entire life--both of them as part of team building events with co-workers.

The Curmudgeon said...

Fran -- I thought about saying something about Ohio 2, Illinois 0 -- with you in mind -- but I restrained myself... best line I've heard following the NCAA championship last night -- a Florida kid out whooping it up in the streets tells a reporter: "Yeah, we're going nuts tonight. All kinds of nuts! (pause) Well, not Buckeyes; those are bad nuts."

The kid has a future.

And, Sharon, I wonder if being so far away makes the association between Spring and baseball stronger for you than maybe it was once?

Magnolia said...

Good post.