Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts penned a letter to fans, calling the season ‘disappointing’ and emphasizing his desire to get back to winning ways.
Say what you will about Joe Maddon‘s in-game decisions, but one thing is for sure: the man forever changed what it means to be a Chicago Cubs fan. Expectations have changed from a .500 campaign being a success to an ‘October or bust’ mentality in five short years.
Last offseason, Cubs ownership put a spending cap on the front office, limiting what Theo Epstein could do to address the team’s holes. We all saw them – and spent pretty much the entire winter talking about how this could be one of those decisions that came back to haunt Tom Ricketts.
Sure enough, Chicago won just 84 games in 2019 and missed the postseason entirely for the first time since 2014. While not one, but two division rivals played in October, the Cubs cleaned out their lockers and sent Maddon on his way to greener pastures.