Tag: Tom Ricketts

The Super-Creative Jon Lester Contract

The Super-Creative Jon Lester Contract
Jon Lester agreed to a contract to pitch for the Chicago Cubs last week.  He was introduced to the public today as an official member of the Cubs, and is now on the 40-man roster (it’s full).  You’ll notice that Lester got Kerry Wood‘s old number, but it’s cool:   Jon Lester says he chose... Read more »

2015 and Beyond

2015 and Beyond
Here’s a bit of good news for the Chicago Cubs business folks:   #Cubs announce they’ve reached season ticket capacity for 2015, and waiting list is now at 51,000 people — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) November 11, 2014   Meanwhile, my place in line: LRT I’m now at 44908 — Rice Cube (@CubicSnarkonia) November 11, 2014... Read more »

Tom Ricketts' Shark Tank Proposal

Tom Ricketts' Shark Tank Proposal
As the Chicago Cubs continue building themselves into a contender with the copious amount of options they have opened up for themselves, I happened upon this nugget from Brett (at Bleacher Nation) regarding former would-be Cubs owner Mark Cuban: Billionaire investor Mark Cuban thinks the Securities and Exchange Commission’s insider-trading case against him cost him... Read more »
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The Beauty of Having Options

The Beauty of Having Options
Once upon a time, give or take three or four years ago, the Chicago Cubs didn’t have a lot of options. They were an aging club, bereft of impact talent, operating on fumes at the major league level while the minor leagues rested on the hopes of guys like Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, now... Read more »

Pondering the ramifications of a Cubs-Joe Maddon partnership

Pondering the ramifications of a Cubs-Joe Maddon partnership
There are a few thoughts running through my head late tonight as I prepare for teaching next week while basking in the glory of a superb World Series Game 4.  First, Mo’ne Davis: I don’t care who you are, if you can get the ball over the plate AND throw a strike on national TV... Read more »

Cubs Buying Rooftops Would Solve A Lot of Problems

Cubs Buying Rooftops Would Solve A Lot of Problems
As we were watching the Royals jump out in front of the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series (and ultimately tie the series at 1), David Kaplan dropped a pretty significant piece of news on us.  In short, the relationship between the Ricketts family and the rooftop owners is getting better, and the... Read more »
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Who's Going to the Wrigley "Groundbreaking" on Saturday?

Who's Going to the Wrigley "Groundbreaking" on Saturday?
We’ve seen pictures of the construction crews around Wrigley Field getting the streets and infrastructure ready for this offseason’s renovation projects.  I saw the retaining walls the last time I was at Wrigley in August, and just last week, Waiting4Cubs walked over to the park and snapped some pictures of the projects already in progress.... Read more »

The One Where Tom and Theo Stuck to the Plan and It Might Be Working

The One Where Tom and Theo Stuck to the Plan and It Might Be Working
The Cubs were eliminated from the playoffs earlier this week, but the future on the baseball and business sides seem very bright as it appears that both branches of the franchise are synchronizing at around the right time.  We keep hearing those buzz words and live with the uncertainty/quasi-likelihood of a Cubs contender in the... Read more »

Lucky Cubs

Lucky Cubs
I know that the Cubs haven’t had the best of luck over the past century or so, and especially not since World War II.  But despite the fact that the major league product has been painful to watch for most of the past few years, there is hope that the luck is changing. For one,... Read more »
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Commission on Chicago Landmarks approves revised Wrigley Field expansion plans

Commission on Chicago Landmarks approves revised Wrigley Field expansion plans
The Cubs were at City Hall pitching their plan today after their neighborhood meeting on Monday.  While the Mayor has weighed in on the possible negotiations still to be done between the Cubs and the rooftops re: the number of signs in the outfield (and you might as well read Brett’s article over at Bleacher... Read more »