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This month's Vine Line came in the mail a while back. So, having had an opportunity to sit down and read it, it is time to extract the tid-bits.
Page 47: "He [Dusty Baker] is by far the best manager I've ever worked with as far as taking our young guys and giving them opportunities." - Oneri Fleita
This quote nearly resulted in dry heaves... but I managed to avoid getting sick. The article this quote appears in was written by Chris Gigley (free-lance writer) in a profile on some of the Cubs prospects training down the road from HoHoKam park at Fitch Park. Most of the article is about Eric Patterson, Corey's younger brother, but mentions some other prospects such as Grant Johnson and Sam Fuld.
Page 4: The Cubs published dates of Wrigley Field Tours this year. Tickets are $20, "with the proceeds benfiting Cubs Care." For details call (773) 404-CUBS.
April: 16, 30
June: 3, 4, 17, 18, 24, 25
July: 8, 9, 22, 23
August: 5, 6, 19, 20
September: 9, 10, 30
"Renovations Near," Page 4, April 2005 Vine Line
The Cubs and the administration of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley reached a tentative agreement Feb. 28 on proposed Wrigley Field campus improvements. With approval from the Chicago Plan Commission, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and the Chicago City Council, construction could begin in October 2005.
Bleacher designs call for 1,790 new seats, a centerfield "batter's eye" restaurant, bathrooms, concessions stands, exits, ivy-covered exterior walls and a chain-link window on Sheffield Avenue.
Also, a five-story multipurpose building would be erected west of the historic ballpark, across a new open-air pedestrian parkway. The structure would include new batting cages and indoor pitching mounds for Cubs players, as well as a themed restaruant, 400 parking spaces and restrooms.
Page 5: In a side-bar, I learned that former Washington Senators turned Minnesota Twins owner Clark Griffith was a former Cubs player. He won 20 games seven times. The last time the Cubs played a Washington D.C. team was in 1935 in a pre-season exhibition game.
In another blurb, Dan Long interviews Shawon Dunston about his debut with the Cubs 20 years ago. Dunston credits John Vukovich with really helping him... "People come up to me all the time and say they appreciate the way I played the game." - Shawon Dunston
Page 9: Michael Huang writes a piece about Adam Greenberg, the Cubs outfield prospect. Greenberg's career stalled for two years in 'A' ball while playing in Daytona, but he is now heading to AAA and "is considered by Cubs minor-league instructors as the most polished outfielder in the farm system."
The second half of the article discusses Lukas McKnight who will give up his bid to play in the majors and become a scout for the Cubs: "'I realized I was at the end of the road,' McKnight said. 'So when Oneri [Fleita] and John [Stockstill] thought I'd make a good scout, I told them: "If you're offering, then I'm accepting.'"
pages 12-18: Gigantic fluff piece declaring the Cubs have 25 leaders.
The Spotlight, Pages 40-41: Carlos Zambrano is profiled by Rudy M. Vorkapic. The article is titled: "Pushing to be the best, Carlos Zambrano relies on the 'big guy' in the sky." It discusses Zambrano's childhood in Venezuela, when he wanted to be just like Roger Clemens. He was mentored by a former Venezuelan Olympic pitcher Julio Figueroa, and signed by Cubs scout Alberto Rondon when he was 16.
Although he now wears #38, Zambrano wanted to wear #33. However, when he was called up, Bill Mueller wore #33 and Zambrano didn't want to ask him for the number. Glendon Rusch now wears #33.
Zambrano and his family have a deep faith. Carlos is quoted as saying, "God is Great, I've got Him in my life. With Him, you can do anything." He has a wife, Ismary, and two daughters Carlis and Catherine, and a third child that was born in December 2004.
"Big Z? Big Z? He's legit, man. He's Legit," Maddux said.
Page 42: "On April 7, 1916 The Cubs became a million-dollar corporation, reorganized under a new board of directors following the January purchase of the team by Charles Weeghman. Previous club value: $500,000."
The Cubs board of Direcors in 1916 was comprised of : Charles Weeghman, Pres. William Walker, Al Plamondon, Adolph Schuttler, Adolph Spielman, William Wrigley Jr., Alber D. Lasker, R.A. Cavanagh, and Charles A. McCullough
You don't get too many Adolphs anymore.
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