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The Vine-Line came while I was gone over Christmas, and I'm just getting around to reading it. There are some good tid-bits in this month's issue.
The cover has a black and white photograph of Phil Cavarretta. The hadline says '60 Years Later, 1945 MVP Phil Cavarretta recalls the Cubs' last World Series season.'
-->>> The Roster tracker on page 4 has a few changes. The 'signed' section now includes Nomar Garciappara, Todd Walker and Glendon Rusch for one year, and Henry Blanco for two years.Signed
The rest of the categories are already out of date, but a quick run through.
Arbitration Eligible - The Cubs had until Dec. 20 to offer arbitration, (they offered arbitration to each player): Michael Barrett, Kyle Farnsworth, Jose Macias, Corey Patterson, Aramis Ramirez, and Carlos Zambrano.
0-3 Men - Players under Cubs control, who have to sign for what the Cubs give them. The deadline was also the Dec. 20th. To my knowledge, the Cubs contracts to all these players: Ronnie Cedeno, Angel Guzman, Jon Koronka, Richard Lewis, Will Ohman, Russ Rohlicek, Carlos Vasquez, Todd Wellemeyer, Jason Dubois, David Kelton, Jon Leicester, Sergio Mitre, Renyel Pinto, Geovany Soto, Michael Wuertz.
Free Agents: Moises Alou, Paul Bako, Matt Clement, Tom Goodwin, Ben Grieve, Mark Grudzielanek, Todd Hollandsworth, Ramon Martinez, Kent Mercker.
Todd Hollandsworth has re-signed with the Cubs, while Bako, Goodwin, and Grieve remain unsigned.
-->>> The rest of page 4 is worth pinning up on your wall. There is a picture of Ryno looking pissed off in the dugout above a headline which reads: Will this be the year? It was, and I'm super thrilled. There is also a picture of Mia Hamm wearing a soccer jersey with Garciaparra across the back. The four paragraph blurb lets you know that Mia switched jersey at half time of her last game. "The second-half switch seemed appropriate as she begins a new chapter in her life."
-->>> On page 5, we are treated to Jose Cardenal's musings about his 1975 season. We also find out that the Cubs sold their television broadcast rights to WGN and WBKB for $60,000 in 1950.
-->>> On page 6, In an answer to a letter to the editor, the Cubs official capacity is now listed at 39,547. We also are told that "in 2004, the Cubs limited the number of standing room only tickets to approximately 1,000 per game, depending on the series".
-->>> On page 9, Michael Huang writes a column about his relationship with new Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper when they were both at Marquette University in 1990. The piece is pretty good, even though it leaves me with the feeling that its just a PR piece.
-->>> On pages 12-13, there is an article discussing Jim Hendry's efforts to sign Garciaparra, Walker, and Blanco. There is a couple of quotes from Hendry, and the conclusion that he doesn't have a lot more work to do this offseason.
-->>> On pages 16-17, Ted Cox of the Daily Herald has an article about the Cubs new broadcasting crew of Bob Brenly and Len Kasper. There are several photos of Brenly, and a younger than expected Kasper. "This is the best venue in sports. So for someone in my position, I don't think there is anything more you could ask." - Len Kasper.
-->>> On page 21, Bruce Levine and Joel Bierig continue to repeat the company line that 'Going to war for Hendry, Baker is selling point for Cubs.' In what is beginning to get tired (even if it is perhaps true) the lead paragraph says: "The Cubs' third-place finish in 2004 was a disappointment. To most major-leaguers, however, the grass still is greener at Wrigley Field than in most other venues. Credit the grounds crew, but don't forget master gardeners Dusty Baker and Jim Hendry." The rest of the article follows the same vein.
-->>> There are several more articles worth perusing in this issue of Vine-Line. Pages 22-23 carry the Phil Cavarretta piece, pages 30-31 have an article about the Cubs Convention turning 20. Pages 34-37 have the first of a three part series called 'Fade to Black' discussing the decrease in the number of black players in MLB. Finally, pages 42-43 have an article about Cubs prospects who played in the Arizona Fall League, including Brian Dopirak, Russ Rohlicek, and Adam Greenberg.
-->>> Page 31 has a list of celebrity attendees who will be at the Cubs Convention... hold on to your hats:
Dusty Baker, Ernie Banks, Michael Barrett, Glenn Beckert, Joe Borowski, Bob Brenly, Jose Cardenal, Ron Cey, Gene Clines, Andre Dawson, Ryan Dempster, Bob Dernier, Richie Hebner, Jim Hendry, Glenallen Hill, Burt Hooton, Pat Hughes, Fergie Jenkins, Len Kasper, Dave Kingman, Vance Law!!!, Juan Lopez, Andy MacPhail, Bill Madlock, Gary Matthews, Sergio Mitre, Mickey Morandini, Keith Moreland, Gene Oliver, Andy Pafko, Milt Pappas, Corey Patterson, Dick Pole, Paul Popovich, Mark Prior, Larry Rothschild, Glendon Rusch, Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo, Dwight Smith, Lee Smith, Chris Speier, Tim Stoddard, Gary Varsho, Billy Williams, Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano, Don Zimmer.
The Convention will be Jan 21-23, 2005 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
Friday, Jan 21: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan 22: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan 23: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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