This could also be the closest we ever come to a libel lawsuit. And it only happened by pure random encounter... a random encounter that I’m bringing to you second-hand without any documented quotes or details.
I’ve been meaning to “break” this “scoop” for a few days now. (See, it’s not even timely.) Last week, dear friend of YCS and infrequent contributor Pat (or as you would know him by his super-discreet handle “Patrick”) had a brush with celebrity.
As Pat was working his managerial position at a specialty running store last week, who should walk in but former Cubs president and Tribune Company executive Andy McPhail, or as he was hilariously referred to in the Chicago sports media, “McFail” (or alternately “McPhailure”)—a super clever play that never got old.
In his YCS exclusive interview, Pat grilled McPhail with all the tough questions about his former team—primarily those regarding its potential sale and its general manager, Jim Hendry.
From the half-hour conversation, we at YCS can confirm that Andy McPhail is, in fact, a “pretty nice guy,” according to Pat. We also learned that he values accurate geographic tracking, as his purchase of an expensive GPS unit would indicate.
While McPhail did not offer any explicit details of the Tribune Company selling the team, he strongly hinted that a sale was imminent through both his measured words and Pat’s wild imagination.
You can currently listen to the full interview on a podcast downloadable from Pat’s brain, or you can watch it live through a powerful telescope from a location roughly seven light-days from the surface of the earth.
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