Tom Ricketts says it's time to move forward. At least that's what he said in a video that at least I think wasn't trying to be intentionally silly. Protect the TV!
So that's it, right? The Cubs are finally going to start the Wrigley rehab process, which therefore kicks funds into the rebuilding process. Here we go!
That showed up in the sarcasm font right?
Okay, the truth is I am optimistic, cautiously. But forgive me if I channel Winston Wolfe's classic caveat from Pulp Fiction: "Well, let's not start sucking each other's dicks quite yet."
Just like Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield still had plenty of work to do after the car cleanup scene, the Cubs still have a ways to go before a shovel actually hits the ground. I'm also going to hold off on purchasing that Cubs Max Scherzer shirsey for now.
Even if the Cubs are truly ready to move forward, there will be the small matter of a lawsuits threat from the Rooftop Association. Then the Landmarks Committee needs to sign off on the new proposals come June 5th, which some suspect may be in the bag already, despite all the new developments.
The Rooftoppers were blindsided by this move, according to a source.
The source of mine throughout the negotiations also questioned why the Cubs will ironically now introduce a reduced 3900 square-foot Jumbotron.
Apparently the rightfield segment of the the rooftops had already been satisfied with the current state of negotiations; it really just came down to the leftfield Jumbotron dimensions for a few that held up a resolution.
He says the newly-proposed Jumbotron is one-third of what they were bargaining against, and this edition would've been unanimously approved by everyone.
Like I reported multiple times earlier, Fran Spielman says Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th), the mayor’s City Council floor leader, tried desperately to forge a deal with the Cubs and rooftop club owners who share 17 percent of their revenues with the team.
"At one point in time, everybody thought we were there. And it turned out we were wrong. There’s so many individuals and disparate interests, it just became apparent it wasn’t gonna move any further,” O’Connor said.
Now the Cubs will ask for even more signage and a digital scoreboard in right field that will block even more rooftops views. Is this simply a negotiation to back the rooftoppers into a corner or a settlement?
O’Connor said, “My impression is, this is a very real proposal. They made an effort to try and resolve this for the short term and basically have been unsuccessful. I would think if it conforms to the landmark ordinance, they have a right to it — and my impression is, it conforms. There’s a very good possibility” it will be approved.
Either way, it doesn't seem this move by Ricketts should have taken so long or even come to this at all. Some around baseball wonder how the Cubs business side has allowed a couple of "bar owners" to stall such crucial progress on or off the field. As much as the front office is respected league-wide, the business side usually raises eyebrows.
I've been posing questions recently about whether the Cubs needed to bring in a new face of the biz side to get some of these stalled developments moving forward. One couldn't imagine this dragged out fiasco or numerous PR missteps under a John McDonnough like figure.
I'm glad Ricketts has finally decided to force the issue here. I'm hoping this is a turning point for the orginazation. Yet, this is the Cubs here, and this is Chicago politics we are talking about.
So excuse me if the words of Harvey Keitel are taking up more room in my head than the thought of spending all the Cubs new resource funds.
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