USSM/LL Event Recap
So, that went well.
Section 331 has already written her recap, and I know that there will be one up on Proball NW in the not too distant future, so feel free to read those to get the perspective of a few folks in the audience.
From my spot on stage, I thought the afternoon was a lot of fun. We spent the first hour making a lot of jokes before Jack, Tony, Mac, and Jeff Kingston arrived and took the stage. We then spent about two hours bouncing questions off of them, ranging from Cliff Lee (they think he’s good) to Brandon League (Blengino is apparently super super high on him) to what they would like us to understand (players are people).
They talked about acquiring Milton Bradley as a conclusion of reward outweighing risk, and had some interesting comments about how they don’t see Wak as Houdini, insinuating that they’re not expecting Bradley to be an angel here. They understand the volatility, but they’re willing to take a shot on it working in a smaller, more friendly environment than Chicago, pointing to his success in San Diego and Texas.
They talked about planning the off-season planning, dismissing a notion of “going for it” in lieu of “rebuilding”, choosing rather to make moves that improved the team. They talked about Dustin Ackley (they’re encouraged by the early reviews at second base), they talked about Chone Figgins (he was the guy that everyone in the front office wanted), and they talked about wanting to do a couple more things before the season starts.
They were great. They did a good job of answering the questions that they wanted to answer while inserting humor into the questions they didn’t want to answer. The standing ovation at the end was louder than at the beginning.
For those who came out, thanks for making the trip. We’ll do it again, I’m sure.