With the MLB offseason officially in full swing, the Chicago Cubs are on the hunt for a new manager but one coach who won’t get the job is former Cubbie great and hall of famer, Ryne Sandberg. General manager Theo Epstein – who was hired less than a month ago – has already made it known publically that the team has no plans to peruse Sandberg. This has many Cubs fans unhappy and one of those fans happens to be Billy Corgan, the lead singer of the Chicago-based Smashing Pumpkins.
Corgan recently decided to discuss his favorite baseball team with Chicago’s 670-AM The Score instead of tackling rumors of the band’s potential eighth studio album. He went on to make it clear exactly how he felt about Cubs management skipping over the city’s beloved Sandberg for the position.
Corgan told The Score in the interview:
"(Sandberg) is an adopted Chicagoan in the way that Ditka is," Corgan said "I think a guy like that deserves a meeting, I'm sorry. He deserves a meeting. He deserves to be able to sit down, one hour, in an office and say, 'This is why I should be the manager of the Chicago Cubs.' Now, if he doesn't make it from that point of view and they go, 'He's not our guy,' whatever, but to not even let him through the door I think that's a little bit childish. I don't get that."
Sandberg interviewed with Epstein last summer –when Epstein was the general manager of the Boston Red Sox – for a minor league position but was passed on and later hired by the Philadelphia Phillies to be GM of the team’s Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. With the Cubs passing on Sanderberg, he is now set to interview for the same position of one of the Cubs biggest rivals – the St. Louis Cardinals.
But Epstein knows what he is doing right?
We would like to think so. In nine seasons with Boston, all Epstein did was win two World Series and erase an 86 year curse. No biggie. The Red Sox were competitive each and every season under Epstein and were even the favorites to win the World Series last season – before a beer, fried chicken and video game-filled collapse that even the New York Mets couldn’t help but laugh at. Now he hopes to end another curse, one that has plagued the city of Chicago and goats in the surrounding area since 1908.
But Corgan admitted he is okay with the selection of Epstein, adding:
"I mean I'm all for Theo Epstein. I'm so glad that he is now a member of the Cubs organization. I like the way the Ricketts family is trying to change the team. I've actually had some personal contact. I feel their enthusiasm. They're obviously committed, and I obviously love the Chicago Cubs, but I think it's a little childish to not bring in a Cubs legend who at least deserves the hour meeting. OK, I'm not Ryan Sandberg, right, but if that was me I would be 'peed' off."
It just proves that no matter what the social status of someone from the north side of Chicago, there is an aching for a championship, especially from the diehards. Maybe he should write a record about this.
Photo courtesy of The Associated Press.