Keep $615.6 million in mind for a minute. When the Chicago Cubs bombed out of the 2020 postseason, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts was left with a huge headache.
I don’t know that for sure, but if I were Chicago Cubs’ owner Tom Ricketts, I would have a huge headache. Why? Because of that number in the first paragraph.
From 2018 to 2020, Ricketts has spent nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars on the Cubs. Approximately $615,609,295 on player salary and benefits, to be precise, according to Spotrac. That doesn’t include the front office and other salaries and benefits.
For all that, over those three seasons, the Cubs never advanced to the Division Series, much less winning another World Series.
If Ricketts is anything, he’s a businessman. As such, the return on investment is his measure of success. Sure the Cubs are among the wealthiest teams in MLB, are a huge draw, and boast one of the largest fan bases of any team in any sport. They also have one of the largest payrolls in MLB.
So when you drop three-quarters of a billion dollars over three years, you expect something far more than what this team has produced. So, what now, Cubs fans?