The Chicago Cubs are at home with their families, relaxing before taking on the winner of the N.L. Wild Card. An exciting time for not only the team but their fanbase as well.
And then you have non-playoff clubs making moves days after the regular season has wrapped — sad face.
Especially on the South Side of the Windy City. At one point, both teams in Chicago held the best records in professional baseball. While the Cubs maintained their momentum, the White Sox fell off the bandwagon.
It got to the point where fans stopped showing up at games. Looking out at the bleachers, reminded me of a ghost town. Which is disappointing considering the talent they have on the team. Mainly Todd Frazier, Chris Sale, and Jose Abreu just to name a few.
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The White Sox added to their staff before the 2016 season by adding former Chicago Cubs skipper, Rick Renteria.
A man who spent time under current general manager Jed Hoyer while they were both with the San Diego Padres.
Long before Joe Maddon landed on the North Side, Renteria was hired on to man the ship for the Cubs. A well-respected individual by not only his players but the entire league as a whole. I, for one, was all for Renteria coming to the Cubs but was not expecting him to get the boot after just one season. On the other hand, it has worked out perfectly.
When you think about it, Renteria played a key role in how successful the Chicago Cubs are right now. He worked with the majority of Joe Maddon’s roster and gracefully stepped away in order for the club to find their guy.
Theo Epstein reached out to him and thanked him for his everything he managed to do as skipper of the team. Speaking of Epstein, the world is still buzzing over the five-year extension.
Anyway, Rick is a great individual who deserves success. Hopefully, the Sox will be able to provide him with a team that he can mold into contenders. Who knows, it could result in a Chicago World Series. You thought the Crosstown Cup as important, what about a championship?
Best of luck to Renteria.