Craig Calcaterra

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts: “It’s surreal when Donald Trump threatens your mom”


The other day Donald Trump made a veiled threat at the Ricketts family, which owns the Chicago Cubs, saying “they’d better be careful! They have a lot to hide!”

It’s not quite clear what Trump was referring to or what any member of the Ricketts family had done to set him off. Many members of the Ricketts family are politically active, however, and it doesn’t take a ton to set Trump off, so it could be anything.

Either way, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts was asked about that Trump comment yesterday and this is what he said:

“It’s a little surreal when Donald Trump threatens your mom,” Ricketts said. “The fact is, whether it’s my mom or my dad on his Ending Spending stuff or my sister on marriage equality or my brothers and what they do or what we do with the team, we’re pretty much an open book We stand up for what we believe in. We support the causes that we think are important. That’s what America should be. That’s who we are . . . Look, if we had something to hide, you guys [the Chicago media] would’ve found it by now, I’m sure. I have no idea.”

Setting aside for the moment that telling the press “I have nothing to hide and if I did the press would’ve found it by now” is never a smart move (ask Gary Hart about that), it’s hard not to sympathize with Ricketts here. Or maybe not sympathize. Actually, now that I think about it, having Donald Trump tweet angry things at you is probably pretty fun. Indeed, when he loses this election, I could totally see him making a lot of money calling people “losers” and stuff for a fee. Or doing voice work for GPS devices and things. Trump may not be your cup of tea, but he is not without a certain charisma and it’s always worked for him.

Matt Cain has a cyst removed from his arm


This morning Matt Cain was scratched from a throwing session. This afternoon we got some clarity as to why.

The Giants announced that Cain has undergone a procedure to have a cyst removed from his upper right arm. He is expected to resume throwing in approximately 10 days, so he won’t be too terribly far off his season preparation schedule. Whether he makes the rotation out of camp will obviously depend on his progress.

Could’ve been worse.

UPDATE: Terry Collins doesn’t care how Yoenis Cespedes wears his cap


UPDATE: Well, either Collins was misquoted earlier today or else he changes his mind in the past four hours, because now Collins is being quoted as saying that he does not care how Cespedes wears his cap. Carry on.

10:10 AMMike Puma of the New York Post reports that “Terry Collins is not a fan of Cespedes wearing his cap backwards around the cage like Griffey Jr.” and that he will “mention it to Cespedes.”

And here I thought that we’d only have one Yoenis Cespedes-based cultural clash today. Guess we get two!

I have no idea why this is an issue now. What’s next? Going after guys for saggy pants? Liking Public Enemy or Body Count? Being a Leno instead of a Letterman guy in he talk show wars? How are backward baseball caps an issue in the year 2016? I figured we were past that, especially given that we spent all of December and early January talking about how Ken Griffey Jr. was the greatest thing since sliced bread and how his Hall of Fame plaque should feature a backwards cap.

Oh well. At least this little thing isn’t 100% pointless. It made me Google “Ken Griffey Jr. backwards cap” and I found this article from last month in which Griffey explained why he wore his cap backwards. Note: it was not because he was some iconoclastic avatar of youth and/or thug culture. It was because he wanted to be like his dad.