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Will The Ricketts Involve The Cubs On This Renovation Plan?

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 It looks like the Cubs have gone back to the drawing board on Wrigley renovations and are working on a new and improved idea to finance Wrigley's much-needed massive overhaul:

"the Cubs are quietly working to amend their proposal to renovate Wrigley Field. In simple terms, the team would match its previous tax payments to the city -- $16 million in 2009 -- while keeping any tax revenue above the base for park renovations and perhaps construction of the long-planned triangle building. Once the team has what it plans built, the Cubs argue the additional business will increase taxes collected.

"The plan they came up with for this renovation was a non-starter," governor Pat Quinn said Monday on " Chicago Tribune Live" on Comcast SportsNet. "It didn't have public support. They have to go back to the drawing boards."

Let's hope that this time, the Ricketts PR and financial machine decide to at least consult the Cubs, an organization that has been doing business in this town a hell of a lot longer than they have, in developing and presenting their new plan. My souces tell me that the Ricketts, who have their own PR "team," left the Cubs out of much of the last renovation plan, which turned into an unmitigated PR disaster. My guess is that they used the same 'team' that thought it was a good idea for Todd Ricketts to appear on "Undercover Boss."



 

 

Over at mlbtraderumors.com. they've got a handy little list of Last Year's Best January Signings. Surprise! None of them were by the Cubs.

Don't forget the Friday night meetup on January 14 at Cubs Con. You don't need a Cubs Con ticket to come hang at Kitty O'Shea's, but would you really want to miss out on getting drunk and heading to the "Meet The Management Session?"

Of course not.

Finally, I'll be heading to the Bahamas for a much-needed vaction on Friday, but before I go, I'll have a new addition to the LOHO family to introduce to everyone (no, I'm not pregnant.)

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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plamorte said:

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I have an idea for renovation: lots of dynamite. Wrigley go boom. Build new one. yay!

flyball said:

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who did te Ricketts ire to be the architect on te last one?

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I knew I should've gotten you that "h" key for christmas.

flyball said:

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who needs and h key? what has that letter done for me lately?

ELRaythar said:

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well, it spelled "has" instead of "as"

JulieDiCaro said:

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I'm not sure they did. A lot of those images were the same "triangle building" images we've seen for years.

Doc said:

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The last "artist renderings" they released were the same ones the Tribune Co. used when they tried to get the ISFA to buy Wrigley and have them renovate it...before the sale of the team.

I do know that at some point they were using Populous, formerly HOK Sports, to come up with a renovation plans...but I think they are using a different firm right now.

flyball said:

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I like Populous, usually anyway, but before I'm willing to watch money go willy nilly to the stadium it would be nice to know who was in charge of the process

Doc said:

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if any of you want me to go to the Tweet Up next month...you better start hoping our new baby comes in the next couple days...otherwise I won't be able to make it.

plamorte said:

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in that case, STAY IN THERE LIL' DOC!

Doc said:

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Which is the response I feared that would generate.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I don't agree with that response. Also, didn't you miss something else when Saffron was born, and she didn't come for like 3 more weeks?

Doc said:

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yeah...I believe Jeanna and I missed the LOHO Day a couple of years ago...then Saffron came like a month and a half later. What a waste.

So I'm expecting I'll probably miss Opening Day this year as we continue to wait.

JulieDiCaro said:

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everyone always thinks babies are going to come early. they never do.

Doc said:

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The truth is...this the Tweetup is quite a bit closer to the expect due date than the LOHO day was. In the end, looking back on it, we should have been able to go to that LOHO day...but as first time parents, we were a little paranoid.

Edelweiss said:

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So you punished her by naming her after a spice? Maybe stinkweed would have been better.

Karen said:

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You seriously need to learn when to shut the hell up

flyball said:

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not that my opinion means anything, but I love that name

Karen said:

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My opinion, as well as everyone elses here, doesn't mean a damn thing as far as what Doc names his daughter. I'm just so tired of the stupid comments...this one just tipped it over the edge for me.

Doc said:

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So, now that you have teased us with this "new addition" to the LOHO team...I guess I'll start the speculation...

You finally got Scarlett Johansson to be a contributor? WOOHOO!!!

plamorte said:

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new writer I bet. maybe now Carl will take the hint...


(I KID I KID I LOVE CARL.)

sloan peterson said:

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I hope its not some kind of app thing for an Iphone. Or worse yet, the whole site is going to Twitter...Or the website is moving to ESPNW.com.....

plamorte said:

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the brand new lohoW.com!

Doc said:

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Sarah Spain is the new contributor to the site....ugh!!!

ELRaythar said:

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Heh, this was my guess.

sloan peterson said:

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The banner would need to have pink added to it, and ads for beauty salons, and diet websites....

sloan peterson said:

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Maybe it's Billy Corgan....

Doc said:

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I'm debating whether or not to stop following Keith Olberman on Twitter. He's just becoming more annoying than anything else now.

spectorisanut said:

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Never knew when Olberman was not annoying, going back to his ESPN days.

Doc said:

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His annoyingness as a sportscaster was much more tolerable...especially next to all those other annoying ESPN personalities.

sloan peterson said:

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Who would you follow instead of Olberman?

Doc said:

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not sure I'll replace him...between Julie, Carl and Pat, my twitter feed is pretty filled up.

plamorte said:

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HAHAHAHAHA

gravedigger said:

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Hmm, same reason I STOPPED using that site.

Doc said:

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Because of Julie, Carl and Pat? Or Keith Olberman?

keywestcubfan said:

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Julie, where in the Bahamas? And no, I'm not stalking you, I just want to give you an accurate weather report.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Nassau and at sea. :)

keywestcubfan said:

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Aha! Well, light to moderate chop in the nearshore waters on Friday, with temps struggling to get out of the 60's. Warming trend through the weekend. Low to mid 70's. The further south you go the better, and warmer...

JulieDiCaro said:

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I won't be there until Monday (hitting Disney first), but it looks like it's going to be far warmer than it is here, which is really all i can ask for. Thanks for the report!

keywestcubfan said:

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Sure. Forgot to mention clear and sunny. Like the bleachers in early May. Grandstand is freezing and the bleacherites are warm and fuzzy. And filled with a drink of their choice.

gravedigger said:

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OMG I have money and leave and want to go to Cubs Con, I want to see if I can swing it at work...

keywestcubfan said:

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Sigh. I have to do this... You always swing it at work.

Doc said:

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I got fired for swinging it at work.

Edelweiss said:

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You should have kept your pants on.

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