The Cubs have seen some dark days.
Then there was Wednesday.
Everyone expected the Masahiro Tanaka decision announcement to drop by Wednesday morning. By noon, it seemed as if a mushroom cloud had dropped over Wrigley Field.
As if losing out on Tanaka wasn't enough, the noted progress made with the Wrigley Rooftop Association blew up shortly after.
It was the kind of day that must have made Theo Epstein ponder escaping Wrigleyville in the Clark the Cub getup.
When it came to Tanaka, I expressed serious doubts all along the Cubs would be able to land the prized free-agent. Yet, on Saturday I heard the club was willing to go as high as $160 million in total to get it done. Internally I wondered if this were just another Joe Girardi fate accompli.
A rival source close to the situation assured me the Cubs had indeed a legitimate shot. Unfortunately, the biggest issue was Tanaka wanted a legitimate shot at winning.
When it comes to the negotiations with the Rooftop Association, it's all about the Jumbotron now. The association balked when the 90 ft something scoreboard's exact location was detailed in today's meeting at City Hall.
My report the other day also mentioned just how unhappy the rooftop owners were with Tom Ricketts and Crane Kenney speaking so ill of them at the Cubs convention over the weekend.
It may have just been just some cute grandstanding by Cubs brass, but it didn't help seal the deal that seemed so close just the other day. Why chance blowing something so vital to the organization's overall health, as Theo likes to say.
Too add injury to insult, Buster Olney went on air with info that the Ricketts ownership was blindsided and overwhelmed by the cost and obstacles of running the franchise.
Just before I could hide all the sharp objects, Keith Law joined the "Waddle and Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago, and reminded us of just how loaded the Cubs are with young hitting talent. Yet, he says they need impact pitching. The very type Tanaka would have provided.
Maybe, just maybe, if stuff like this rooftop thing would've been resolved much earlier, the Cubs could've had the resources to have gotten their man.
Someone hide that bear suit.
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