So, today, I woke up, fed the cats and the fish, answered some email and then, at 6:30 AM, got a phone call from Guy Bauer, the Executive Producer of the JOHNNY B. MORNING SHOW. We were going to do the interview today.
And at 8:55 AM, we did.
Johnny, like ELLIOTT HARRIS (Sun Times) before him, took our campaign seriously. We ended up having a very fun interview and getting across our message in a pleasantly clear fashion. As I WROTE on May 16th, we have very valid reasons for supporting Bobby to be an All Star this year.
Scales truly embodies the qualities of what a major league player should be. He is humble, grateful and talented. He has been in the minors for 10 years. During that time there were a lot of teams he could have started for, but he wasn’t on them. Instead of bemoaning his fate or lashing out at others, he continued to get better. And, this year, the Cubs are reaping the benefits of his work ethic and commitment to the game.
Moreover, he and his wife have made sacrifices for each other so that they can both live out their dreams for the rest of their lives. That devotion, to things greater than self aggrandizement, alone should earn him your vote.
We ask you to join us in helping get Bobby Scales into the 2009 All Star Game. Not only is it the right thing to do, it will leave the national media scratching their heads for the rest of the season. That’s just a bonus to keep you happy.
CLICK HERE to vote for Bobby Scales into the NL All Star Team at 2nd Base.
You can do it, we have faith in you.
In other Bobby Scales news, despite suffering from the flu and being a scratch for last night’s game, Bobby came in to pinch hit last night. It is that kind of team spirit that makes us continue to support him, even though he didn’t actually get a hit.
In other Cubs news, Milton Bradley got tricked into answering a question by a reporter who, and this is really sneaky, asked him one. If Milton does any more backpedaling concerning his rant about MLB umpires all he will need is a unicycle and he can get a job with Cirque du Solei.
Nevertheless, the Cubs scored 8 runs last night and lost 10-8 anyway. Keeping the Cubbie tradition of “this can only happen to the Cubs” alive, Ted Lilly got ejected from the game. He wasn’t playing, wasn’t in the line up and still argued balls and strikes with the ump. He spoke after the game and said he would be surprised if he got fined. For those of us who saw it, we will be surprised if that’s all that happens. He came out of the dug out, may have bumped the ump and was not active during the game. That is a recipe for a long sit down from MLB.
In happier news (at least for me), the White Sox faced, their long time nemesis, the L.A. Angels of Anaheim (which is conveniently down the road from Disney Land and other attractions, see your travel agent for details) and held on to a 17-3 win.
Jim Thome moved up to the #13 spot for all time home runs but the team was energized by the combined efforts of Pods and Alex Ramirez who got 8 hits and 4 RBI’s between them. They are starting to look like the team we were promised in Spring Training.
On a more subdued note, I would like to pass along the sympathies from all of us here at Jay The Joke to the family of Ozzie Guillen. Ozzie’s father in law passed away yesterday. Ozzie will stay in Venezuela for a while and Joey Cora will continue to manage in the interim.