Posts tagged "Tom Ricketts"

Cubs Brain Trust In a League of its Own

Cubs Brain Trust In a League of its Own
Occasionally, I feel a pang of stinging disappointment with regard to the Chicago Cubs, a nagging irritation beneath the persistent impatience. You likely feel it, too. These waves of uncertainty can visit at any time, triggered by a myriad of circumstances and conditions. Perhaps you’re watching a Cardinals game, or a duel between warring teams... Read more »

Chicago Cubs Rebuild: It's Been a Long, Hard Road Out of Hell

Chicago Cubs Rebuild: It's Been a Long, Hard Road Out of Hell
Have you ever seen something that you couldn’t really explain?  Something that just shot right through your retinas and burned itself indelibly into your gray matter? Or have you ever been frustrated by the general inability of life to simply go along with the plans you’ve laid out for yourself, almost like you’ve been placed... Read more »

How Can Cubs Win in 2014?

How Can Cubs Win in 2014?
I’m not trying to link-bait here for my first post on Cubs Insider. I promise. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Reddit is the “front page of the Internet,” a social website where millions of users gather to discuss topics like True Detective, atheism, or slow cooker recipes. Oh, and baseball. There’s a daily discussion... Read more »
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Crossing the Streams: Does the End Justify the Means for the Cubs?

Crossing the Streams: Does the End Justify the Means for the Cubs?
When Tom Ricketts purchased the Chicago Cubs, he thought he was buying a perpetual-motion machine, a self-sustaining cash cow.  But with all the moving parts, bloviating business owners, and dead-end nonsense negotiations, it appears as though what he actually acquired is an entropic Rube Goldberg device. And many fans feel as though they’ve been sold... Read more »

Cubs Q and A with ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg: Rooftops, Resources, Prospects

Cubs Q and A with ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg: Rooftops, Resources, Prospects
 Jon Greenberg of ESPN Chicago has been one of the go-to reads when it comes to big picture Cubs coverage. Greenberg has detailed the Ricketts ownership, rooftop saga, rebuild, Wrigley renovation, and overall organizational outlook with his own unique take.  I was able to check in with him in regards to much of those same... Read more »

Ricketts Not Cheap, Probably

Ricketts Not Cheap, Probably
On Wednesday afternoon, Twitter’s favorite Cubs reporter Gordon Wittenmyer took another swing at the Ricketts family in his article “Ricketts’ answers don’t explain Cubs’ lower payroll spending”. Wittenmyer took a skin-deep look at the Cubs’ spending trends under Ricketts, bemoaning the fact that Cubs payroll is $60 million lower in 2014 than it was in... Read more »
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You Suck: Greatest Hits from Comments on my Cubs Articles

You Suck: Greatest Hits from Comments on my Cubs Articles
If you’ve read my work, you know that I’m often a sarcastic and self-deprecating guy.  Part of that is a defense mechanism, a way to sort of protect myself from the slings and arrows of outrageous (mis)fortune.  I like to think of it as the B. Rabbit-from-8-Mile strategy, except without super-dope rhymes or Mekhi Phifer.... Read more »

Tom Ricketts’ Playoff Talk Rings Hollow

Tom Ricketts’ Playoff Talk Rings Hollow
Speaking to the media in Mesa on Wednesday, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts was nothing if not optimistic.  However, I found it a little hard to detect sincerity in his words, particularly when they refer to a team that has done little to improve after losing nearly 200 games over the last two seasons. Chicago Tribune... Read more »

Beer and Cubs Baseball Pt. 2: Breaking Bad

Beer and Cubs Baseball Pt. 2: Breaking Bad
Beer is big business and it’s not as if this new pact is the first time we’ve ever seen Bud associated with the Cubs. It was back in 2006 that Bud Light bought the naming rights to the bleachers at Wrigley. I couldn’t find the figures on that deal, but I’m sure one of my... Read more »
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Who’s to Blame for the Cubs’ Bungled Business Decisions?

Who’s to Blame for the Cubs’ Bungled Business Decisions?
I’d write even if no one was there to read it, which is probably what many of my readers would prefer. But as it happens, I’ve got a bit of an audience from time to time, a fact that never ceases to humble and surprise me. One reason I’m thankful is that my readers often... Read more »