Sports Illustrated writer John Donovan sat down with Cubs G.M. Jim Hendry and asked him several questions about the offseason. Hendry had some interesting things to say.
On his angioplasty:
I’m feeling terrific, I really am. Obviously, I got a heck of a scare. But in the long run, it’s going to be good for me. Some of it was a genetic problem with one of my arteries. And, obviously, I’m going to have to make some adjustments, get in a little better shape and eat a little differently. But, overall, I feel great. I’m fortunate that it was caught when it was.
Genetic? Yes, Jim. You’re not fat. You’re big boned. Some of it was genetic, and the rest of it was probably the fifth of Jack you drink during your daily breakfast of two dozen doughnuts. And if you need to get in a little better shape, then I actually need to put on weight to be healthy.
On going to the hospital:
Well, Scott Nelson [director, baseball operations] and [new Cubs manager] Lou Piniella drove me over at the insistence of our doctor, but I was really under the impression it was just to get a couple of quick tests and get back to the hotel and get back to work.
I would give anything to see Piniella behind the wheel of a car.
Get out of the way, you c@#$suckers!
On his free agent spending spree:
We had made some decisions already about ranking free agents and priorities and how to set up the club right after the season. We decided that, you know, we never have landed the best guy. We were going to go after the best guy. And our guys clearly felt that Soriano was the best guy. It worked out well from there. We had a good plan.
Not only have they never landed the best guy, they rarely land good guys.
Here’s Hendry reassuring the fans that he knows what he’s doing.
I’m not privy to what all the finances are. I think this was being predicted, that this would be a very lucrative offseason. The game has a history of kind of leveling itself off if things are getting too much in one direction. I’m no expert on this, but I think there’s a pretty good balance now between Major League Baseball and the Players Association on the percentage of revenue spent on the players.
On whether the Tribune Co. plans on selling the Cubs:
I’ve never been told that. I’ve never been privy to any conversation about that.
You probably wouldn’t be told, would you?