Thursday, June 10, 2004  
Interview with Chicago Tribune's Rick Morrissey

As you will notice on the bottom right of our site, we have a section called "Writers we love and hate." Among the names is Tribune Columnist Rick Morrissey. He is personally one of my favorites. He always tells it like it is. I look forward to reading his stuff each day because more often than not, I feel the same way he does. Recently, The View From The Bleachers caught up with Morrissey and asked him 10 interesting questions. He was nice enough to give us some great responses to the questions. I am just going to wet your appetite with the 10 questions we asked. His answers will be posted on Monday.

1) Your May 26th story on W.P. Kinsella's new book made your respect for his work clear. Among sports columnists (yourself not included, of course) which writer's work do you respect the most and why?

2) Is the continued reign of Bud Selig as Commissioner good or bad for baseball and why?

3) Who do you see as the one individual in the Cubs' organization who could make or break this season? From Hendry to Dusty to the players to the equipment manager, who can propel them to the top or drag them to the bottom?

4) Which baseball team did you grow up rooting for?

5) There is no online biography of you (or the other writers) on the Tribune's site or on Can you fill us in on your path to the Trib and tell about your best writing job of all time?

6) Of any active player in any sport, whom do you enjoy talking with the most and why?

7) Of all the articles you have written for the Trib, which one is your favorite and why? (Please include a link if possible)

8) Your May 31st story on football player-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman's death outlined why you think he was a hero. How do you define a hero and what can a professional athlete do ON THE FIELD that would make him a hero? Was Jordan a hero? Sosa in '98? Or does it take a Rick Monday flag-grab to be a hero?

9) What do you feel is the biggest problem (excluding injuries) the Cubs have this year and how would you like them to fix it?

10) How often, if ever to you read Cubs Blogs (i.e. The View From The Bleachers) and what is your overall impression of them?

Wanna know how he responded? Tune in on Monday to see the response. I am sure you'll enjoy it. Until then, make sure you go to the bottom right and read his stuff. It will be well worth your time.

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