No, not that kind of video. And I'm pretty sure Len Kasper wouldn't do that sort of thing.
Here's the latest from around the web:
From Comcast SportsNet:
- After the first day of the general manager meetings, Theo Epstein is right in the middle of the action.
- Patrick Mooney writes that the decision from Russell Martin on his 2015 team could come in the next week or two. Apparently he wants more Cub Tracks links or something.
- And as for Starlin Castro trade rumors, don't expect them to go away. Not as long as the New York media keeps writing, at least.
- Theo Epstein has had a lot of inquiries about trades, but he's still in no hurry to deal from their strength in youth.
- But at the July 31 trade deadline, that stance could change.
- Thanks to his performance in the Arizona Fall League, Jake Hannemann is seeing his value rise.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Jesse Rogers mentions another name as a fit for the Cubs, even though they might have to wait: Jason Heyward.
- Despite the stickiness of the situation in hiring Joe Maddon, other general managers say they would have done the same thing.
- Source-gate: Jon Lester will meet with the Cubs sometime next week. Someone just make sure to get the good coffee and donuts.
- Shocking absolutely nobody, Scott Boras makes a case that Kris Bryant should be on the opening-day roster.
- Jake Arrieta received three fifth-place votes for the National League Cy Young Award. As Popeye said: "Better than a poke in the eye."
From CBS Chicago:
- Bruce Levine pulls a name out of left field (pun intended) as a fit for the Cubs: Carl Crawford.
- Pulling out all the stops, the Cubs are using a video presentation voiced by Len Kasper to woo free agents and the agents that represent them. Only one thing really missing from this article: the video.
- With all of the methods being used, the Cubs have been in attack mode this off-season, says Levine.
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- Paul Sullivan has been busy, writing that this offseason figures to be the most interesting in eight years.
- He also writes that the Cubs' pitching focus in the offseason will be upgrading the starting rotation over the bullpen.
- And for the trifecta, his view of the three major selling points for the Cubs: money, Joe Maddon, and Wrigley Field.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- How does Kris Bryant pay tribute to Wrigley Field? With a new pair of sneakers.
- Gordon Wittenmyer points out another strength for the Cubs this offseason: another year with a protected first-round pick.
From the Daily Herald:
- I would have figured that by this point in time all of the local writers would have listed their accolades for Joe Maddon, but I apparently forgot about Barry Rozner, who writes that the Cubs will get their money's worth with him as the manager.
From Cubs Den:
- What happens if the Cubs don't get either Jon Lester or Russell Martin? Here's what John Arguello would do.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- As far as the closer's job goes, Jed Hoyer feels really good about Hector Rondon.
- This will make everyone feel much better: Cole Hamels does not have the Cubs on his no-trade list. (Okay, maybe that was an oversell on my part.)
From Cubbies Crib:
- Also better than a poke in the eye: Kyle Hendricks received two third-place votes to finish seventh overall in the National League Rookie of the Year voting.
From Cubs Insider:
- Evan Altman asks the question tucked away in the corner: What if the Cubs underwhelm this offseason?
- And after getting caught up in the Jordan Zimmermann frenzy, Altman just wants something to believe in.
- Nick Cafardo gives the Boston point of view on the Jon Lester chase.
- How does Chicago feel about Joe Maddon as the new manager? This cartoon sums it up.
Today's food for thought:
- Does the universe need black holes?
- How do hermit crabs swap shells? By forming an orderly line from biggest to smallest.
- We joke about the apparent lack of proofreaders at major news outlets. Take a look at what got published in a scientific journal.