General Managers talk in a dialect of their own. This, we know. But sometimes that dialect resembles more of a full-blown, foreign language. Sometimes I have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Case in point (this is Theo Epstein, talking about not hiring Mike Maddux as manager of the Cubbies):
“Mike was a very strong candidate and we spent a lot of time talking about the job. The thing that stood out with Mike is that were some more factors that went into our discussions with him with any other candidates. So in the end, it wasn’t the right fit at the right time.
“But I’ll say he’s going to be a fantastic big league manager. He’s already an incredible pitching coach and will make a great manager some day. I’m glad he was part of the process.”
-Quote from the fantastic blog of T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers beat writer, http://trsullivan.mlblogs.com/.
I read that quote maybe five times over, before deciding it wasn’t just me. It was also him. I’m sorry, but what does, “The thing that stood out with Mike is that were some more factors that went into our discussions with him with any other candidates” mean? I mean, really?
Maybe there was supposed to be a “than” or “as opposed to” in there, between “with” and “any”. Or maybe he said “strawberries ‘n cream” (that would be “our discussions with him strawberries ‘n cream any other candidates”. Totally likely, that.) and poor Sullivan was just so confused that he decided to omit the word altogether and hope nobody noticed.
One GM thing that does make sense? This. (Okay, it actually made no sense- who would willingly choose to visit Times Square, let alone sleep there?- but that makes the gesture all the more wonderful and selfless, I suppose.) Cashman also does awesome things like dressing up as an elf.
He is getting on my good side quick, needless to say. So was Theo, actually. Until that quote and this video where the focus is most definitely off. Not his fault, but still. Wrigley Field is beautiful and all, but you generally have the camera focused on the foreground or the interviewee when doing an interview.
Maybe they should get a new cameraman in addition to a new everything-else-that-could-be-new-under-the-sun.
In all seriousness, though, I am sort of selfishly glad that Maddux is staying in Texas. He looks better in Ranger blue than Cubbie blue. Not to mention that he’s a darn good pitching coach.