Disclaimer: This article is predicated on the supposition that Major League Baseball will approve the Ricketts family as the new owner of the Chicago Cubs.
You don’t own the Cubs, but I am pretty sure you are aware of that. But one of us now owns the Cubs and that, my friends, is reason to celebrate. For the past 28 years, Cubs fans have suffered through mostly losing seasons as the owners watched their bank account grow. Those days are miraculously over.
And no, the Tribune Company does not get a pass because they tried to start winning a few years ago. After the loss in game three of the 2008 NLDS, I took solace in the fact that the Tribune Company never won anything as the owner.
I know, it’s sad, but I needed something. Now, I don’t have that excuse anymore.
Tom Ricketts lived above a bar in Wrigleyville. I am sure one of you has done the same.
Tom Ricketts met his wife in the bleachers at Wrigley Field. I am not sure if any of you have met your wife in the bleachers, but I am pretty sure many of you attempted, successfully or not, to “meet” a girl in the bleachers once or twice.
Tom Ricketts is a Cubs’ fan. You are a Cubs’ fan.
Okay, you get the point.
Tom Ricketts isn’t prepared to spend $900 million during a severe recession on something he sees as an investment. Especially when “experts” and the like are predicting a noticeable drop-off in attendance over the next few years because people simply do not have the money to spend on enjoyment.
For many, the television will take the place of section 209.
No, Tom Ricketts bought the Cubs because he is a fan … and has, um, a boatload of cash. Sure, he wants to make money, but he also wants to see the team win and has a type of investment the previous owner didn’t necessarily have … an emotional one.
He has suffered with this team just like you and me. He has felts the highs and the lows as a fan. And now he has the opportunity most of us would give anything to have. He owns his favorite team. Just think about that.
What would you do if you owned the Cubs? Probably many of the things that Mr. Ricketts plans to do … like win and win and then win some more.
I have walked out of Wrigley Field hundreds of times. I imagine some, if not most, of you have walked out of Wrigley many times as well. So has Mr. Ricketts. That is the part I love.
None of this means he will get a pass with the fans if the product on the field does not produce. But he gives me hope. Hope that the Cubs may finally win it all someday.
In fact, Mr. Ricketts might be able to bring what all Cubs fans want … CHANGE. Sound familiar?
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and until next time …
Stay Classy Cubs Fans