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3 Nap-Ready Baseball Sightings, Including Ricketts vs. ‘Succession’ Roys and Milwaukee Brewers Relocation Drama – The Denver Post

Former Cubs and White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija once insisted that “you can always take a good nap during the Sox game.”

It was a compliment to Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, although Samardzija later had to explain himself to the Sox broadcaster.

As baseball rounds the first corner of its accelerated season this Memorial Day weekend, White Sox and Cubs fans are turning to their porches and patios to soak up the warm summer breezes and perhaps relax. sneak in a little nap with the ball game as a simple backdrop.

No apologies necessary. And to help you hit your REM cycle, here are three topics for a lazy Sunday.

South Side Brewing Team?

Commissioner Rob Manfred appeared out of the blue in Milwaukee last week and suggested Wisconsin politicians need to pull themselves together and prepare for improvements to the ballpark stadium formerly known as Miller Park.

The other option, naturally unsaid, was for the Brewers to pull the stakes and move, as the Oakland A’s are currently doing with their move to Las Vegas.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Manfred told reporters that the lack of funding to maintain the A’s ballpark had caused “a drop in attendance which impacted the quality of product the team could afford. to put on the ground”.

Poor management decisions also contributed to the decline of the A’s, but that would spoil the MLB narrative. Either way, the hint has been taken and nearly $450 million worth of stadium upgrades will be debated in Milwaukee over the next few months, with the threat of relocation hanging in the air.

If the Brewers need a perfect landing spot that’s convenient for Milwaukee fans and home to a passionate base clamoring for a team that competes every year, the organization can relocate to Chicago’s South Side, where a baseball stadium state-funded already exists and is only used halfway through the 162-game season.

The Brewers could play at home when the White Sox are on the road and vice versa, making Chicago a three-team city with two daily home games halfway through the year.

Would the Sox outplay the Brewers in a shared stadium scenario? Given a choice between Sox president Jerry Reinsdorf and Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, would Reinsdorf get any votes?

Many of the Brewers’ home games would also face the Cubs’ games, making the division real competitors for fan entertainment dollars, thus forcing the Cubs to go to fans more than their sponsors.

That won’t happen, of course. The Brewers aren’t going anywhere and will continue to operate in Milwaukee, where they belong, for decades. Manfred can’t approve the relocation of a franchise as successful as the Brewers without someone taking legal action.

As for future Milwaukee free agent Craig Counsell… that’s another story.

Ricketts vs. Roys

When the popular HBO series “Succession” wraps up Sunday night, millions will tune in to find out who is succeeding the multibillion-dollar company patriarch.

This includes a large number of Cubs fans who watch the show and see a number of parallels between the main characters and the four siblings in the family who own their favorite baseball team.

Kendall Roy, the brooding, introspective center of the Roy family with a dark secret, is set to be the TV version of Tom Ricketts, the Cubs’ president and chief decision-maker on all business matters.

Nebraska Senator Pete Ricketts, the former Cubs co-owner turned politician, would easily slip into the role of Connor Roy, the half-brother who is uninvolved in the family business and has failed miserably in his bid to become president. Pete hasn’t run for president…yet.

Board member Laura Ricketts, the only wife of the four siblings and an outspoken progressive in a predominantly conservative family, easily fits the role of Siobhan “Shiv” Roy, the only wife of the Roy siblings. Laura was instrumental in the Cubs’ visit to the White House in 2017 in the final days of the Obama administration. Shiv is currently battling for power with his two scheming brothers, while Laura is Tom’s second-in-command in the Cubs hierarchy, with no apparent plans to take over the operation from his brother.

Board member Todd Ricketts, Ricketts’ younger brother who served as the top fundraiser for former President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, compares himself to Roman, Roy’s younger brother. This season, Roman has grown closer to the newly elected right-wing president and complained that his brother, Kendall, was always successful as a kid. Coincidentally, Deadspin once posted an email from Todd to his father and brother Pete, complaining that Tom was getting too much credit for the Cubs: “The reason I’m so sensitive to this is that even today Today, I feel like my input and ideas are ignored in our family, like they were when we were kids.

It’s not exactly life mimicking art, but close enough for Cubs and Roys fans.

A television series about the events of the Ricketts family could be must-see television in Chicago. The real question is whether this would be considered a comedy or a drama.

Sunday morning flashback

On May 29, 1987, I was sent by the Tribune to cover a conference on equity in sports leadership at Operation PUSH headquarters, where Reverend Jesse Jackson threatened to boycott baseball beginning July 4 if the owners did not. propose a plan to increase the number of women and minorities in leadership positions.

The furor over the lack of minority hiring began in April when former Los Angeles Dodgers vice president Al Campanis said on ABC’s “Nightline” that black people don’t have “the necessities” to become managers and general managers.

Jackson told the Operation PUSH audience that baseball owners had exactly one month to “implement a plan to ensure fairness” or “final action will be taken.” MLB then appointed black sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards to Commissioner Peter Ueberroth’s staff and hired a consulting firm owned by former Army Secretary Cliff Alexander to work with the 26 teams on implementing a affirmative action plan.

Jackson called off the proposed boycott on June 30, and a major league executive told the Tribune that negotiations between Jackson and Ueberroth’s office had led to “more progress in the past four months than in the last few months.” 40 previous years”.

It’s been 36 years since the threat of a baseball boycott on its hiring practices. MLB currently has only one black head of baseball operations — White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams — and only two black managers: Dusty Baker of the Houston Astros and Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kim Ng of the Miami Marlins is the first and only female general manager, hired in 2020.

Is this really progress?


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