The Cubs Chairman of the Board, Tom Ricketts sent out his annual letter to Cubs’ fans on Friday. Tom Ricketts thanked the fans for the incredible patience and the same never quit attitude that the team showed throughout the season.
Tom Ricketts believes this is just the beginning for the Cubs as his team is built for sustained success.
Dear Cubs Fans,
It happened! From this season’s many magical moments to Game 7’s epic ending, your 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs made history.
Throughout the entire season, our team never quit and you never lost faith. From the first pitch to the last out, we felt your energy and enthusiasm. It’s only fitting the greatest journey in all of sports was fueled by the most loyal fans in the history of the game. While no fan base should have to wait more than a century, your love for the Cubs never wavered.
I’d like to offer a heartfelt thank you for your support of my family, our team and the entire Cubs organization over the past few years. Your patience and trust enabled us to build a championship organization the right way.
They say a team is a group of individuals working together to achieve a common goal. All year long, our talented team played for each other and for you. They persevered in the moments that mattered most in their quest to win the World Series. Last year, they had us believing in magic. This year, through their character, chemistry and no-quit attitude, they proved dreams really do come true.
None of this is possible without the tireless efforts of our baseball operations staff working throughout the farm system and at the Major League level. Thank you to Theo, Jed, Jason and their incredible teams. And to Joe, our entire coaching staff and the best players in the game, thank you for bringing the World Series trophy home to Chicago.
It was a true joy to watch Cubs fans, whether young in age or young at heart, embrace old traditions and create new ones while cheering our team to victory. You flew your W Flags with pride, crafted thoughtful chalk memorials on our beloved bleacher walls and participated in the largest parade and rally in U.S. history. We’ll never forget the cheers of our few million friends as the team’s double-decker buses rolled down Michigan Avenue and the sea of blue that greeted us at Grant Park.
While our number one goal was to deliver a championship to our deserving fans, we’ve also made great progress on preserving Wrigley Field and set records for our fundraising and community contributions. In addition to baseball operations, our business operations, from Crane and senior leadership to our front office associates and nearly 2,000 dedicated individuals who make Wrigley Field such a special place, deserve thanks for helping us deliver on all three of our organizational goals.
Only a week removed from achieving our ultimate goal, it’s hard to think about the future. With that said, I truly believe this is just the beginning. With one of the youngest starting lineups in World Series history, our team is built for sustained success. As we cherish the moment and enjoy our championship together, work is already underway to defend our title in 2017.
Let’s Go Cubs,
Dexter Fowler stopped by the Players’ Tribune this week and delivered a must-read account of Game 7 and the magnitude of the Cubs winning The World Series with ‘You Go, We Go.’
If you have not already done so, take the time to read Fowler’s first-hand account of the biggest game of his life and in Cubs’ history. And what the Cubs winning it all meant to him.
The Cubs continued making the rounds on the TV Talk Show circuit Friday. Anthony Rizzo was on Good Morning America in the morning. Later in the day, Rizzo won the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award during the Gold Glove Award dinner.
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) November 11, 2016
Tim Sheridan, the long-time Cubs Spring Training public address announcer, was seriously injured during the Game 7 celebration.
Tim posted on his site, Boys of Spring, that he was “attacked, beaten and left unconscious” outside of the bar that he was watching and then celebrating the Cubs winning The World Series.
Tim suffered a broken orbital bone around the eye, sinus fracture, concussion and several lacerations that required stitches. Tim is not sure what surgical procedures will be needed going forward.
Tim is truly one of the good guys. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
News, Notes and Rumors
• Comcast SportsNet reported ‘Embrace the Hangover’ might become the new slogan for a Cubs team enjoying long World Series victory lap.
• Jake Arrieta joined Carlos Zambrano (2008) as the only two pitchers to throw a no-hitter and win a Silver Slugger Award in the same season.
• According to a report from ESPN, the MLBPA fired arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.
• According to Derrick Goold, the Yankees know how the Cardinals feel about the Cubs.
• Jim Bowden’s latest notes and rumors column includes information on potential suitors for Chris Sale and Miguel Cabrera.
• There were several free agent signings on Friday: Jesse Chavez inked a one-year deal with the Angels for $5.75 million and can make another $3 million in incentives. The Blue Jays signed Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million contract. No word yet on how signing Morales could impact their interest in Dexter Fowler. Edwin Encarnacion’s days in Toronto appear to be over. The Jays also signed Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to a seven-year, $22 million contract. RHP Bartolo Colon stayed in the NL East, but left the Mets for the Braves. Colon signed a one-year, $12.5 million contract with the Braves and joined R.A. Dickey in the Braves rotation. Colon made $7.25 million last year and will be paid more next season than he has in a decade. Colon made $16 million with the Angels in 2007.
• The Dodgers traded Howie Kendrick to the Phillies for 1B Darin Ruf and 2B Darnell Sweeney.
• Mark Melancon was scheduled to visit the Giants in San Francisco on Friday. The Giants have said publicly, “We are getting one of the big closers.” The Giants are also very interested in both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.
• The Yankees have “expressed willingness to pay half” of Brian McCann’s remaining salary ($34 million). According to Jeff Passan, the Yankees would want “multiple top young players in return” for McCann.
• Jason Castro is drawing a lot of interest around the league. According to Jeff Passan, he is “sitting on offers from at least three AL teams.” Castro is in the “top tier” of free agent catchers with Wilson Ramos and Matt Wieters according to Passan. Chris Cotillo added teams “are very aggressive early” on Castro. The veteran catcher is “weighing all options and waiting on a couple of offers.”
— MLB (@MLB) November 11, 2016
This Day in Cubstory
2014 – Cubs selected Donn Roach off waivers from the Padres
2013 – Cubs signed free agent Eli Whiteside
2008 – Lou Piniella was named National League Manager of the Year. Joe Maddon was named American League Manager of the Year.
2007 – Cubs traded Jacque Jones to the Tigers for Omar Infante
2006 – Cubs signed Aramis Ramirez to a five-year, $75 million contract
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Ben Howard
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Jason Smith
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Kerry Wood
2003 – Cubs signed free agent Bryan Corey
2002 – Cubs released Roosevelt Brown
1999 – Cubs signed free agent Angel Guzman
1998 – Cubs signed free agent Alan Zinter
1986 – Cubs granted free agency to Chris Speier
1985 – Cubs granted free agency to Richie Hebner
1978 – Aaron Heilman, born
1968 – Sammy Sosa, born
1964 – Dave Otto, born
1956 – Jody Davis, born