CHICAGO–Former Cub first baseman Mark Grace, the hits leader of the 90’s and one of the more popular Cubs in franchise history is back in the fold, according to the Daily Herald, more than six years after the Cubs unceremoniously parted ways with Grace following the 2000 season.
According to Barry Axelrod, Grace’s agent, Grace had been invited to the annual Cubs Convention since his departure from the Cubs, but had disinclined to acquiesce to the Cubs’ invitation until this year.
According to Axelrod, Grace, now the color commentator for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was in a bit of a broadcasting slump toward the end of the 2006 season. “Gracie had gone 0 for his last 36 witty comments. He didn’t get one laugh during that stretch,” Axelrod said. “He was talking to me about ways to shake off the funk, and he started reminiscing about his old days in Chicago, and he said that he could always find a slumpbuster in that town,” Axelrod explained awkwardly. “When the Cubs came calling, it seemed like a perfect opportunity.”
Gracie’s Formula for Slumpbusting
Moments after the announcement, ticket sales for the convention skyrocketed. The increase was due to a swell of purchases by many of the heavier members of Chicago’s female population.
The Cubs expect to see a similar increase in ticket sales after tomorrow’s announcement that there will be free pastries provided from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. each morning of the convention.