One of my favorite features of Prose and Ivy is the Prosecard from Cubs Nation interview. It’s great to get to know fellow Cubs fans. Today’s Prosecard features Anthony Huether, who believes in Theo Epstein and Co. and would like the restrooms at Wrigley taken care of ASAP. Take it away, Anthony:
Name: Anthony Huether
How long have you been a Cubs fan and who do you have to blame/thank? I have been a Cubs fan from the moment I saw them on WGN Superstation and I thank my dad. Though, he is a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, without him turning on WGN Superstation so we could watch baseball, I fear I might have been a fan of a different team.
A lot of the off-season news and even the Cubs Convention has been focused on the changes that are going to be made to Wrigley Field. Do you view these plans as improvements or would you rather them simply patch up the ‘ol place and leave it in better shape, yet looking the same? Upgrading is fine with me. But my thing is, don’t take the nostalgia out of Wrigley Field. Wrigley Field and Fenway Park are stadiums that provide a link between baseball of yester-year to the modern day. I love that. I don’t want that gone. Go ahead and make the stadium more modern but don’t lose the old fashion feel. But please, please update bathrooms.
When you attend a game, do you have a favorite hangout spot around the neighborhood before or afterwards? What’s your typical game day routine as a fan like? Before the game I have to go to Bacci’s Pizza. So good and they have great prices. Routine? Chill with fans. Going to Wrigley and watching the game is great, but when you fully interact with other loyal Cubbies, it makes everything better.
First thoughts when you hear the following words: Cardinals. Braun. Castro. Pennant. Spring Training. Opening Day. 1908. Curse. Theo.
Cardinals – We win, you lose.
Braun – You have some explaining to do.
Castro – Baez is breathing down your neck.
Pennant – 2015
Spring Training – Optimism and the bunting tournament
Opening Day – Clean slate
1908 – Far too long
Curse – Goat
Theo – The man with the plan
Looking back at the Matt Garza trade today, how do you feel about the prospects the team had to give up at the time in order to land him?
The two prospects that really come to mind are Sam Fuld and Chris Archer, who was originally part of the Mark DeRosa deal.
Sam Fuld – A guy like Tony Campana. Everyone loved him. Even I did. But he wasn’t going to see playing time with the Cubs and Tampa was looking for a ready MLB player. So it fit. Tough to see him go, but at least he got playing time and making the SportsCenter’s Top Plays, weekly.
Chris Archer – I was a bit upset getting rid of. He was the top pitching prospect the Cubs had. He could be in the rotation, right now for the Cubs. But for a team, like Tampa, they wanted a young, cheap, high potential arm. And he fit that mold. Tough to see him go, but for a potential ace like Garza and whatever was going on in Jim Hendry’s mind, it had to be done.
On the flip side, besides Garza, keep an eye on Zachary Rosscup. I have seen this guy pitch. He is a bit short, by certain standards, but he is lefty and he has a very good fastball, which he controls very well. An interesting player, I am very interested to see if the Cubs decide to keep him or maybe a he could be a player in package deal. I hope they keep him.
Do you have any favorite Cubs podcasts, blogs, news sources you use as go-to’s that other fans may not know about but should check out on a regular basis? World Series Dreaming. They are always updating their Twitter and Facebook pages. They want Cub fans to interact. They don’t hold back. They are a must to check out.
How do you feel about the Cubs organization as a whole? On the right track? If not, what would you like to seem them do differently?
I really do like what Theo, Jed and the rest of the organization is doing. It is nice to see the farm system being flooded with talent. It is looking like the Cubs are willing to have more homegrown players. Not having a payroll going to almost $180 million dollars, because the Cubs spent on big time free agents is very nice.
I liked the idea of not having Peoria as the Single-A affiliate and making it KaneCounty. Keeping younger players closer to Chicago, that is nice.
It will be interesting to see what kind of new television deal the Cubs get, very soon. The WGN deal expires after this season. Seeing what the Los Angeles Dodgers got, the Cubs could be looking, more than likely, in deal similar. And if they get that, it will be very interesting to see how the Cubs deal with the extra income.
Which Cubs season of recent years has been your favorite and why? The easy answer would 2008 but the favorite was 2007. They started that season so poor, than the Barrett/Zambrano fight and let’s not forget about Will Ohman and him bouncing the ball to the plate. Did you think the Cubs would come back and win the NL Central? Probably not. But they did and what a ride that season was. Aramis Ramirez walk-off against the Brewers, that was the kick start to start the comeback. That win didn’t even put the Cubs back to .500. But it was a start. And it was great to see Kerry Wood pitching, out of the bullpen, again.
What are you most looking forward to seeing this Spring Training? The bunting tournament. Dale Sveum added some excitement to a generally boring start to Spring Training. Other than that, I want to see how Javier Baez and Jorge Soler react to there first experience with the Cubs.
You are asked to select the next former Cub to have their own statue in front of Wrigley. Who would you select and why?
Ryne Sandberg. Hall of Famer, best second baseman in Cubs history and the most important thing… he played, pretty much, his whole career with the Chicago Cubs. He did play 13 games with the Phillies in 1981.
What are your expectations of the 2013 season?
To put it very simply, the Cubs will win 75 games. Not if, it will happen. Now, if the Cubs could catch a break here and there they could win 85 games.
In your opinion, how soon do you feel the Cubs will be in their best position to finally win another World Series title?
2015 is the year the Cubs could win the World Series. The devolvement of Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, and Anthony Rizzo are key. Drafting, with high picks, is huge. A college standout, like Mark Apple, could help, right away.
Rumors out already that TampaBay is very high on the Cubs’ farm system, knowing that David Price will be traded in December of this year, 2013. Wouldn’t that be nice to see a true ace in the Cubs rotation?
The Cubs win the World Series. How do you celebrate?
I think we all have an idea of how we would celebrate. If in Chicago, I will be partying outside of Wrigley Field. If not in Chicago, I got to be with my Cub friends and there will be a lot of Old Style’s going around.
Any final words to include here for Cubs fans that may be reading this? To fans of other teams that may be reading?
To Cub fans – Two things come to mind, recently. One… Stop overreacting. We know Matt Garza got hurt and it blew up on twitter. Take a deep breath and relax. He is human, he does get hurt. Luckily, his injured occurred during the first week of Spring Training. If he does miss the first moth of the season, he misses about five starts. It is okay.
Two… We are trying to win a World Series. And we will win a World Series. And this is also a business. Some business decisions are not favored by fans. Example, Tony Campana. As an organization, you must do what is best for the team. Yes, Campana was/is loved by Cubbies, I love him too, and he will always be loved by Cubbies. But the Cubs felt that Scott Hairston brings more to the table, and he probably will, so Campana had to move on. We, as fans, can’t build a team around individual players we solely love. It can’t work. We want to win and sacrifices must be made.
To the other 31 teams: Don’t take the Cubs lightly. We are not going anywhere.
Thank you to Anthony for taking the time to be the first Prosecard of 2013! If you are interested in being featured in a Prosecard from Cubs Nation interview, email me and I will send you the questions right away! Go Cubs Go!