After limping out of the All-Star break, Lou Piniella has his team back on track. They have won 8 of 10 and have many thinking about games in October with only 47 games left on the schedule. While things could change between now and the final series of the season in Milwaukee, one thing is certain….Piniella will keep his team focused down the stretch.
The Cubs are clicking on the field and with Alfonso Soriano and Kerry Wood back from the DL, they have a healthy team for the first time since June and the results are showing. The bats have come alive and the pitching, for the most part, has been very solid….especially the starting five. The Cubs have an important three game set starting on Friday against their biggest rival, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the results could lead to Buzz Bissinger writing a sequel to his masterpiece from a few years back.
So while the Cubs enjoy a well-deserved day off, there is a topic that has not been discussed much on the CCO….the future ownership of the Chicago Cubs and one Mark Cuban. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks appears to be the front-runner to purchase the Cubs and his reported bid of $1.3 billion, again, appears to be the leader in the clubhouse. Cuban made an appearance in the bleachers last season and after enjoying a game from the Tribune seats earlier this season and singing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’, Cuban showed up at Kerry Wood’s Celebrity Bowling Tournament, Strike Zone, on Wednesday night. When asked about his interest in buying the Chicago Cubs, Cuban responded with:
“Right now I’m just a fan supporting a great organization.”
David Stern has endorsed Cuban, as well as John Henry of the Red Sox. According to a report in the New York Times, Henry said via an email when asked about Cuban being the owner of the Cubs:
“The commissioner’s office abhors owners who speak their minds and fight for the rights of their respective franchises. He added he could think ‘of no one better suited to reverse the fortunes of the Cubs for the long term’ than Cuban.”
With the long wait before the first pitch against the Cardinals and the 20th Anniversary of the First Night Game at Wrigley Field, what are the thoughts of the Faithful concerning Mark Cuban being the owner of the Chicago Cubs?
….and as always, Stay Classy Cubs Fans!