Some reaction to the engagement of James Deshaies and the Chicago Cubs, of Chicago.
Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan:
The Astros never were really competitive with their offer, one source
said, believing Deshaies' ties to the organization would keep him from
(The) pair was a match made in broadcast heaven. But, like all things
with the Astros over the last couple of years, the only constant is
change on the field and in the broadcast booth.
Industry insiders viewed Deshaies as “wild-card’’ candidate considering
his lack of Cubs ties, and one Chicago sports TV veteran called it
“shocking’’ to see him win the job over former Cubs Eric Karros and Todd
“While JD is not a former Cub, he’s been in our division since he
started pitching for the Astros. He’ll hit the ground running as far as
knowledge of the Cubs, but I’m going to enjoy working with him. It’s
going to be a lot of fun. It will take time to build chemistry in the
booth, but we get three hours a day to do it.”
Houston Sports Counterplot:
Crane foolishly chose to play his own version of “businessman chicken”
with one of his prized assets. And now that Deshaies has flown the coop
for the Cubs, all that’s left for Crane is crow.
What the Heck, Bobby:
Seriously, I love what Luhnow is doing on the baseball side, but Crane
needs to start getting some good PR and he needs to start getting it
soon. Other than the uniforms, it's been the drip, drip, drip of Chinese
water torture on Astros fans.
It's good to hear that the Astros gave it the ol' college try, but fans
will nontheless be jaded by the Astros perceived disregard of the their
opinions. We've lost so much - and this is just another kidney punch.
We're getting used to them.