Chicago Cubs: Ricketts toes the company line of ‘change’
So when I got an email from Ricketts recently, I was interested to see what he had to say for himself. Here’s how he began.
"“While we enjoyed several exciting wins at Wrigley Field and solid individual performances from many of our players, we struggled to deliver as a team in the moments that mattered most. Falling short of our potential and failing to make the postseason for the first time in five years was extremely disappointing for all of us. We share your desire for change and are committed to building our next championship team.”"
Unlike a lot of fans, I’m more torn on how to feel about this. He’s saying all the right things – that, we can all agree on. But the Cubs battled a lot of these issues because he put a hard stop on spending right in the middle of a championship window.
Sure, he found the change in his couch cushions to add Nicholas Castellanos at the trade deadline. But the only reason Chicago brought in free agent closer Craig Kimbrel was the fact they saved millions with Ben Zobrist dealing with personal matters for much of the season. That’s inexcusable – especially for a team worth $3.1 billion, according to Forbes.