posted by DM @ 2:39 PM
As a life-long Cub fan, I would like to thank DM, the Phillies, and Dallas Green for Sandberg. That one transaction, in my view, saved the Cubs franchise. They were at real risk of losing the city to the Luzinski/Fisk White Sox, the city would not let them play night games (which would be a killer for free agent recruitment), their manager had derided Cub fans as drunk and unemployed, and the team was about to depart for the suburbs into a crappy cookie cutter stadium, which would have defeated most of the purpose for being a drunk and unemployed Cub fan (Wrigley Field).Dallas Green comes, trades for Sandberg, the Cubs win in 84 and get back all the fans they lost when the Chisox won the AL West in 83. Within four years, they are playing night games at Wrigley, the White Sox build the crappy cookie-cutter stadium after flirting with Tampa, and all is right with the world. All from one trade...OK, two (Joe Carter for Rick Sutcliffe).
Careful Backward K, you're poking a hornet's nest with a stick here. SuperNoVa is a lifelong Chisox fan, and you had go and mention Joe Carter, now, didn't you? You got the salt, and we got the wounds.
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