A friend at work stopped by Dick's Sporting Goods the other day and found a stack of Chicago Cubs calendars drastically marked down. I guess Dick's didn't think they could move a "new" calendar six weeks into the new year.
I'm not sure what the manufacturer's suggested retail price is, but my friend found them with a sign that read, "50% off the already marked down price." Throw in a coupon for a further discount and when it was all said and done, he walked out of the store with ALL the remaining calendars at a price of 23 cents each. Crazy deal!
All of his baseball loving Cubs fan friends were recipients of his good luck. And I, for one, was quite thankful.
Here's a shot of the front of the calendar.
Each month features a different Cub, but only seven months now feature current Cubs.
Geovany Soto, Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Jeff Baker, and Bryan LaHair are the players who are also featured, but are no longer with the club.
Soto, Dempster, and Maholm were traded in late July of last year. Baker was traded in early August. LaHair has found a new club in Japan.
Also, Anthony Rizzo is not featured, and he made his Cubs debut on June 26th. Granted, Rizzo wasn't considered a fixture in the lineup at that point, but the writing was on the wall by the July trade deadline.
It makes me wonder when they send these calendars off to printed. Couldn't they have waited until, say, the first week of August before they send the proofs off to the printer? That would certainly give fans a more relevant calendar to be purchased.
I guess I should wonder such things. If they did it my way, then I probably wouldn't have a calendar to hand on the office wall!