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Billy Corgan Among Those Angry About The Cubs Not Interviewing Ryne Sandberg

The day that Billy Corgan learned, for all intents and purposes, that Ryne Sandberg would not be included in the Chicago Cubs’ managerial search, well, that day wasn’t the greatest day he’d ever known. In fact, Corgan, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman, Chicago native and die-hard Cubs fan, was so disappointed he took to the radio waves to air his grievances.

Corgan made an appearance Thursday on “The Mully and Hanley Show” on WSCR-AM 670 to express his opinion. Via CBS Chicago:

“I think it does a disservice to someone like Ryne Sandberg, who did manage for the Cubs at the Triple-A level,” Corgan told The Mully and Hanley Show. “(He) obviously is a Cub legend. I think it does a disservice to him to not even be brought in for an interview.

“He’s an adopted Chicagoan in the way that Ditka is. I think a guy like that deserves a meeting, I’m sorry. He deserves a meeting. He deserves to be able to sit down, one hour, in an office and say, ‘This is why I should be the manager of the Chicago Cubs.’ Now, if he doesn’t make it from that point of view and they go, ‘He’s not our guy,’ whatever, but to not even let him through the door I think that’s a little bit childish. I don’t get that. “

But don’t get the alternative rocker wrong: he’s 100% behind the hiring of Theo Epstein. He just wishes matters relating to Sandberg were handled a bit more delicately:

I mean I’m all for Theo Epstein. I so glad that he is now a member of the Cubs organization. I like the way the Ricketts family is trying to change the team. I’ve actually had some personal contact. I feel their enthusiasm. They’re obviously committed, and I obviously love the Chicago Cubs, but I think it’s a little childish to not bring in a Cubs legend who at least deserves the hour meeting. OK, I’m not Ryan Sandberg, right, but if that was me I would be ‘peed’ off.”

“Peed off”? Is that what he said? What happened to the Billy Corgan of my youth? I’m pretty sure a person can say “pissed off” on the radio, right? I guess we can chalk it up to Corgan’s sense of Midwestern values and decorum.

But in the end, Corgan ain’t happy. I guess you could say, as far as the Cubs’ treatment of Sandberg is concerned, despite all his rage, he’s still just a rat in a cage. No? How about this instead?

All this pain smothers me
Like a bomb that you can’t see
Tell me, tell me what your after
I just want to get there faster

Yeah, “Gish” was a far superior album, with “Siva” among the best tracks in their catalog. Let’s go with that.

Billy Corgan: Not Interviewing Sandberg Is ‘Childish’ [CBS Chicago]