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  1. excellent interview. These are the kind of details many fans are looking for. Most of the time, especially from the big networks, we just receive fluff. I would compare ESPN and Fox’s questions to those asked in “The Baseball Bunch”.

    Comment by wallywojo — June 22, 2011 @ 9:53 am

  2. I love this series of interviews and the questions you ask. It really provides an insightful look into baseball at the professional level. Great stuff!

    Comment by Redsauce — June 22, 2011 @ 10:10 am

  3. If Ryno continues to get frustrated in his search for a major league managing job, he could probably be a very good color man. Color men are usually pretty worthless because they rarely delve into the deepest aspects of the game they’re covering, preferring to spout cliches and note the obvious.

    Comment by John DiFool — June 22, 2011 @ 10:18 am

  4. This is a great interview. I love the questions and the answers. But looking up chasers is too much fun:

    “but I do remember a bases-loaded double or triple [against Pedro Martinez]”

    Here’s the matchup b-ref page: http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/batter_vs_pitcher.cgi?batter=sandbry01&pitcher=martipe02#gotresults&batter=sandbry01&pitcher=martipe02&min_year_game=1993&max_year_game=1997&post=1&ajax=1&submitter=1

    No plate appearances with the bases loaded. I’m assuming he’s talking about his last appearance vs. Pedro: single with runners on 2nd and 3rd.

    Comment by CSJ — June 22, 2011 @ 10:24 am

  5. He knows his baseball, but Sandberg has never been known as the most articulate or charismatic fellow. Andre Dawson joked that he didn’t know Sandberg could talk until he heard his Hall of Fame speech.

    Comment by Jamie — June 22, 2011 @ 11:19 am

  6. great great stuff… thank you for posting it.

    Comment by Dave S — June 22, 2011 @ 11:31 am

  7. His memory for that stuff is unusually good, no?

    Comment by Matt — June 22, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

  8. Good interview!

    Comment by Jonathan C. Mitchell — June 22, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

  9. It’s surprisingly common for baseball players to remember details and such.

    Comment by Ree — June 22, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

  10. Thanks – this is really far out.

    As a Cub fan back in the day (since my town had no team but we did have WGN) I was able watch Sandberg almost every day. We also had him in town when he was in the Phillie organization (AAA – OKC).

    Watching daily, you developed a feel for players and “gut instincts” that ultimately became objective rather than subjective due to SABR and the insightful data created later. I always describe Sandberg as a guy who could look terrible on a swing (usually a breaking ball away) and then like the HOF he is on the next pitch…your first questions helped me understand why.

    That is really cool and much appreciated. The Dude is grateful for you and Ryne-O.

    Comment by The Dude — June 22, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

  11. that’s true – we all thought he was an idiot savant.

    Comment by The Dude — June 22, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  12. I didn’t really gain any respect for Laurila here (only because these interviews are consistently good, so the respect level was already high), but wow… I didn’t know Ryno had it in him.

    Good stuff. Just goes to show you that leadership positions need charisma. Sandberg’s a good-looking dude, a HOFer type, and is clearly articulate, but can’t get the job he wants. Compare that to Kirk Gibson, currently the poster boy for young, ex-big leaguers. Gibby is uglier, dumber, and was less of a player, but he has that FIRE, I tell ya!

    Comment by ToddM — June 22, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

  13. I checked to see if he might’ve confused Pedro for Ramon in this instance, but no such plate appearance (Ryne never even hit a double or triple off Ramon).

    Comment by Austin Brancheau — June 22, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

  14. Excellent interview. Brings back memories of the ’84 Cubs, with Sandberg in his prime. That Cubs team was just tooooo much fun to watch. I probably saw almost every single game and inning they played, especially once school let out in the summer, because I was 16 and just infatuated with them. Dernier, Sandberg, Bowa, Leon Durham, Keith Moreland, Ron Cey, Jody Davis……..what a team. Then when they traded for Sutcliffe in midseason and he went 16-1 the rest of the way………wow those were the days indeed.

    Comment by bstar — June 24, 2011 @ 5:29 am

  15. Add my thanks to the others for these interviews. I love the stories and memories they give/evoke.

    WGN managed to bring baseball to lots of fans that had no other access. Everyone has an announcer that they grew up with and for me its Harry Carey. Watching the late 80′s Cub games with Ryno, Dawson, and Grace, just thinking about it makes me smile. Beer showers for out of town outfielders.

    Not a cub fan even, watched for the games against the Mets. :)

    Comment by Dwezilwoffa — June 24, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

  16. Mr. Sandberg,
    I want you to be manager of the Cubs. I think you would be a good manager.
    Thanks, Frank

    Comment by Frank Manikowski — September 27, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

  17. Very nice interview, David. Sandberg isn’t the cure for the Cubs woes, but it’s nice to see he was doing things like keeping his own scouting reports.

    Comment by Richard Bergstrom — September 27, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

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