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The Cubs almost have a new owner now. The MLB owners approved the sale of the team to the Ricketts family, of whom you may have heard in the last year or so.

Major League baseball owners on Tuesday unanimously approved the sale of the Cubs from the bankrupt Tribune Co. to the family of online brokerage billionaire and longtime fan Joe Ricketts.

The vote was made during a conference call. Tom Ricketts, who has headed the sale for his family, could take day-to-day control of the Cubs by the end of the month.

Commissioner Bud Selig says the Ricketts family will be "great owners and custodians" of the storied franchise perhaps best known for a World Series championship drought that now stands at 101 years.

"We're extremely pleased that the sales process is drawing to a close," Selig added.

But Carl, you said "almost" and Bud said "drawing to a close". Shouldn't this be it? How many steps are there?

"The Ricketts family is honored to have received the approval of major league baseball owners today. This is a major step forward, but the transaction is not yet complete," the family said in a statement.

A bankruptcy court still has to give final approval to the deal. And then a final financial closing must take place, though it is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

In case anyone was worried, Rick Morrissey has placed his seal of approval on getting rid of Milton Bradley. He ensures us that the Cubs will be better, simply by making this move.

The Cubs will have to pay some or most of what's left on Bradley's deal to trade him, but that's not the story. The story is that somebody will take him off the Cubs' hands. Amazing.

No matter what else they do in the offseason, nothing will top that. This won't be a matter of addition by subtraction. This will be multiplication by subtraction.

The Bradley-free Cubs are going be a lot better next year. They will be what they were supposed to be this year: a playoff team.
He goes on to say that the pitching staff will be fine (they should be) and Soriano will rebound (he should). He then ends it on a peculiar note.

Sign Reed Johnson, keep your fingers crossed he stays healthy and, for heaven's sake, play the man. Just as there is such a thing as chemistry in a clubhouse, there are people who are winners. Johnson is one of them, and he has ability. Let Gregg wander off. Hope and pray Carlos Marmol can handle the closer role.

Hope, prayer and no Milton Bradley: not a bad slogan for 2010.
I'm all for REEDZ! as a fourth outfielder, but really, Rick Morrissey? Johnson is a winner? Is that why the Blue Jays won a bajillion World Series trophies during his time in Toronto?

Finally, Mr. Miles has a nice rundown of all the Cubs pitchers  in his blog at the Daily Herald. I'm not sure where to start the blockquoting on it, so just go and read the damn thing.

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abe frohman said:

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So the Cubs get a new owner on Halloween? How's that for perfect timing?

Doc said:

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It is rather frightening.

gravedigger said:

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This ridiculous nonsense from Morrissey has me thinking: which of the Cubs' writers suffers from the strongest form of retardation? And which gets the nod as tallest midget?

thisyearcub said:

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It's close, but it's got to be Paul Sullivan. Just this year, he has:

1. Openly admitted he is a biased journalist and roots for people who give him good interviews and hopes the ones that don't fail.
2. Misquoted a player to make him look worse, and then gave no correction or contraction of said quote.
3. Has used his Twitter to have some sort of frightening vendetta against one player for reasons unknown except he doesn't like the guy. Keep in mind this is a job where you're supposed to be unbiased and write about the game and its players, not how it affects your everyday life.

Seriously, how the Trib and some ChicagoNow people defend this guy is beyond me. As a matter of fact, can I make a request that no headlines be linked to Sullivan's articles? Can we just use the Sun-Times and Daily Herald? Or even Muskat?

gravedigger said:

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I think I'd also go with Sullivan.

Also, jesus christ this is sad, but I think that Muskat might just be the tallest midget.

gravedigger said:

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(ignoring, of course, Bruce Miles, who is excluded from this competition)

JulieDiCaro said:

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i've tried, but it's not easy. he gets scoops that no one else seems to get.

JulieDiCaro said:

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We have a postseason team.

Announcement at noon CT.

Doc said:

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I'm sure all the playoff teams will be eagerly awaiting the announcement while crossing their fingers hoping it is not them.

And if, by some chance, our new team isn't swept out of the playoffs, we should have a lot of fun!

JulieDiCaro said:

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seriously. people on twitter were like "sorry, i'd love to bid, but i'm afraid you'll curse my team out of the playoffs."

us = jinx

flyball said:

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we'll show them, maybe we're secretly good luck for other teams

for example, I moved, and the new city won 2 months later

JulieDiCaro said:

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we shuld take up a collection to have you move back out here.

baturkey said:

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I'd also take up a collection for Theo Epstein and Bill James.

flyball said:

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really? I'm kinda excited

gravedigger said:

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I'm going to guess that it is either the Yankees, Red Sox, Twins, Angels, Rockies, Dodgers, Cardinals, or Phillies.

I'm willing to put money on it that it is one of those teams.

baturkey said:

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I kind of hope it's the Angels, just because they're referenced in Last Request.

flyball said:

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then we could watch Angels in the Outfield

gravedigger said:

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I'm still pulling for the Twinks.

gravedigger said:

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Heh, that sounds all kinds of wrong.

millertime said:

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Multiplication by subtraction?!? Must...not...kill...rampage...destroy...destroy...destroy...

gravedigger said:

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Exactly.

Umbra said:

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This team needs Reed Johnson to Fourier transform them into a bunch of winners. Reed Johnson is the statin that will inhibit cholesterol production and keep the heart of this team pumping.

Umbra said:

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The Cubs are also capable of integration by derivation because they are e^x...

...ceptionally talented at math thanks to Reed Johnson!

thisyearcub said:

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Just as there is such a thing as chemistry in a clubhouse, there are people who are winners.

What the fuck does that even mean?

gravedigger said:

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Exactly.

millertime said:

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Just as there is such a thing as dragons in a volcano, there are goblins who are elves.

Max Power said:

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Truer words were never spoken.

thisyearcub said:

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Come on Yankees!!!

flyball said:

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you trying to get me in trouble?

thisyearcub said:

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It can be your secret closet love ... plus, I'm afraid if it is the Twins, by next week it will be back to square one.

I'm hoping for a team that can sustain longevity in the playoffs, keep it going.

JulieDiCaro said:

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The Yankees are like that jock ex-boyfriend that all the girls are still enamored of but you know is really a jerk who is a total mama's boy and afraid of the dark.

thisyearcub said:

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And a tremendously talented baseball team.

flyball said:

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if I used "talent" as reasoning for my sports teams I would be a fan of a very different selection

Max Power said:

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Yeah, but that afraid of the dark thing is still troublesome.

Edelweiss said:

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The real jerk is Jeff Baker. He told Tim that he was just staying with him because he didn't have an apartment in Chicago. He went back to his Louisville, Colorado condo to clean it out, and will move to Evanston if the Cubs sign him. Trott is devastated, and his crying keeps everyone in this building up all night. Worst of all, the damn poodle stayed with Trott.

gravedigger said:

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BTW, can I just say how much I hate the "Chicago Now on Facebook" and "Chicago Now on Digg" shit on the sidebar? It buries the stuff I actually care to see like recent comments. I don't really care who CN has as friends on facebook. If I did, I'd be their fucking friend.

baturkey said:

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millertime said:

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I know, its so weird. Look at those stupid people. Like that Brian guy holding the kid. I wish Max Power was here so we talk about how stupid that Brian guy looks.

gravedigger said:

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Seriously, what a loser. And that kid, what's wrong with that kid???

millertime said:

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Could you imagine what his wife must look like? Yikes.

gravedigger said:

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Heh, she probably looks like that "Julie" that's also on the friends list. Imagine that, they'd be a family of freaks.

gravedigger said:

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I feel like pretty soon I'm about to die.

Umbra said:

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Now, now. That kid is proof of Brian's amazing insight into the otherwise incomprehensible sport of baseball.

Max Power said:

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I thought it was a gorilla holding a chimp. I'm drunker than I thought.

gravedigger said:

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I was expecting some sort of announcement around this time. Get on it, Julie.

MN Pat said:

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I know! I'm avoiding work to find out who I'm supposed to be rooting for.

Doc said:

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no doubt...I just logged into the web site fully expecting a bunch of Yankee crap on it...but, no.

I guess we aren't rooting for anyone this postseason.

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