Reports that CBS is continuing to woo Katie Couric to anchor the CBS Evening News have had the effect of boosting morale at the news division, the Los Angeles Times observed today (Monday). In an interview with the newspaper, Bob Schieffer, the so-called interim anchor of the nightly newscast, remarked, "When we start going after the big money players on the other teams, we're really saying what a baseball team says when it goes after the big salaried players. ... We're saying, 'We're trying to win the World Series.' I think we've come a tremendous distance here. We had been beaten about the heads and shoulders so badly for so long there that people were pretty quiet about the office. People are talking again. They're having more fun, and they're smiling more." Schieffer has previously said that he hopes Couric will eventually jump ship at NBC and come to CBS.