Craig Calcaterra

Donald Trump slams Ricketts family for the “rotten job” they’ve done with the Cubs


We talked recently about Donald Trump’s beef with the Ricketts family, which owns the Chicago Cubs. It’s Republican inside baseball stuff which I’m not really following, having to do with donors and add campaigns and accusations about this, that or the other thing during the primary season.

Trump, however, as he tends to do, is taking things wider and going with a full-on assault against all things Ricketts. Including the quality of the Cubs franchise.

Yesterday he went before the Washington Post editorial board to be asked about his positions on all manner of topics, as is custom in a presidential election. The entire transcript is here. At one point he was asked about the comments he made about the Ricketts family. Comments in which he said “[t]hey better watch out. They have a lot to hide.” He was asked what he meant by that:

TRUMP: Well, it means that I’ll start spending on them. I’ll start taking ads telling them all what a rotten job they’re doing with the Chicago Cubs. I mean, they are spending on me. I mean, so am I allowed to say that? I’ll start doing ads about their baseball team. That it’s not properly run or that they haven’t done a good job in the brokerage business lately.

The Cubs won 97 games last year. They signed the top free agent of the offseason. They have a ton of great young talent, a deep roster and a deep system, all rebuilt and run by a manager and a baseball operations department with a great track record. They are in the process of a wonderful restoration of an historic ballpark which is perpetually sold out and stands as one of the crowning jewels of one of America’s most beloved cities. If the Cubs were a stock, they’d be trading at near historic highs right now. Maybe I’m not an expert on all things like Donald Trump is, but I think it’s a hard sell to say that the Ricketts have done a “rotten job” running the Cubs.

Indeed, I’d think it’s an easier sell to say that they’ll win more games in 2016 than Trump gets electoral votes. What say you, Donald? Wanna make it interesting?

(h/t Matea Gold)

Game between Angels, Triple-A team canceled by snow


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) An exhibition game scheduled Tuesday between the Los Angeles Angels and their Triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees, has been canceled because of snow.

The game will not be rescheduled.

A spring snowstorm moved into the area Tuesday morning and blanketed the city.

Fans can receive a full refund on tickets purchased or receive a 2-for-1 credit for the value of the tickets to be used during the Bees’ regular season.

Clayton Kershaw takes selfie with fan who crashed into his car


Clayton Kershaw: calmer than you are, dude.

The Dodgers ace was driving outside of Camelback Ranch last week when a woman ran into the back of the car he was driving. They all pulled over and exchanged information and, once it was determined everyone was OK, Kershaw posed for a selfie with the woman who hit him. Her name is Tiffany Cole, and she posted to Facebook about it. The caption:

Welp…. I guess that’s one way to end our spring training vacation … But if you’re going to get in a car accident… Get in an accident with Clayton Kershaw. We are Banged and bruised, but ultimately alright. Thank you Kershaw for being so nice, Arizona highway patrol for dropping us off and Kahl/Guydos family for taking care of us!!

The pic:

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Thank goodness no one was hurt. Both because that would be bad in an absolute sense and because, if it was Kershaw, this poor woman would be . . . unpopular with Dodgers fans.