Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, August 05, 2011

Tribune: Ricketts in Peoria: Cubs ‘doing everything we can’

Asked what changes the team might undertake this upcoming offseason, Ricketts was noncommittal.

“I don’t know just yet,” he said. “It’s something we’ll decide at the right time.”

“A lot of players on our team are from the Dominican Republic,” said Ricketts. “We thought perhaps if we had a little better facility down there we could give our guys more resources to attract and develop the right players.”

Ricketts’ youngest brother, Todd, was featured on the CBS program “Undercover Boss.” He went in disguise for a week during the 2010 season doing various jobs around Wrigley Field trying to find out what the club could do to help those who worked at the park.

What’s next “Shingles in Saskatchewan”?

McCoy Posted: August 05, 2011 at 09:03 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Walt Davis Posted: August 06, 2011 at 01:01 AM (#3893872)
Ricketts’ youngest brother, Todd, was featured on the CBS program “Undercover Boss.”

I hope they made him clean a piss trough.

And I hope it featured a heart-breaking story about Jim Hendry's lifelong dream to be a rodeo clown and so the Cubs are going to pay for him to live his dream for the next several years.
   2. Jeff R., P***y Mainlander Posted: August 06, 2011 at 01:18 AM (#3893906)
I'll never understand how the Braves parlayed their national cable TV reach into continual success during the 90's while the Cubs, with similar potential, pissed it away in a series of fourth place finishes. I feel sorry for fans of this team.
   3. NTNgod Posted: August 06, 2011 at 01:24 AM (#3893926)
I'll never understand how the Braves parlayed their national cable TV reach into continual success during the 90's

The Braves had the same national cable TV reach in the 80s, and it didn't help them then.
   4. Jeff R., P***y Mainlander Posted: August 06, 2011 at 01:42 AM (#3893965)
The Braves had the same national cable TV reach in the 80s, and it didn't help them then.


So did the Cubs! And they still sucked! I'm not bashing any fans of the team, but man, it sure looks to me like Cubs management blew some huge advantages. Hell, here's a great parallel: the Braves in 1993 sign Greg Maddux, formerly of the Cubs, who replace him with...Jose Guzman. Greg Maddux wins the next three Cy Young awards, and goes on to be a pretty good pitcher. Jose Guzman...doesn't.
   5. McCoy Posted: August 06, 2011 at 01:57 AM (#3893993)
Basically what happened was the Braves got KC's Schuerholz while the Cubs got the Twins' MacPhail.

Well, that and Turner supported Bobby Cox when he was a GM while the Cubs dumped Dallas Green.

Dallas was putting the Cubs on the right path but unfortunately between collusion and the Cubs's brass wishing to fit in and not spend money all of the hard work Dallas put into the Cubs in the early 80's was thrown away by the end of the 80's and into the 90's.

The Cubs could have been a pretty darn good team in the 90's.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: August 06, 2011 at 04:31 AM (#3894089)
God only knows why (or if) it was true but back when MLB was first looking at making teams like the Cubs and Braves share their "national" revenues, the Cubs said they shouldn't have to because they were only getting paid for a regional broadcast and WGN was charging only regional ad rates. Given the ads you saw on WGN, the latter (except maybe for Bud and a couple of others) might have been true.

It was certainly true (and was up to at least a few years ago) that the Cubs-WGN contract was seriously underpriced. Which is to say, they wanted as much of the revenue as possible on the WGN side which kept it away from MLB and helped fuel the Trib's plans for global domination.

I don't know if it's still true but a few years ago, WGN was still paying more for 40 Sox games than they were for 80 Cubs games (or whatever the relevant numbers were).
   7. Brian C Posted: August 06, 2011 at 06:02 AM (#3894104)
Given the ads you saw on WGN, the latter (except maybe for Bud and a couple of others) might have been true.

Yeah, I grew up in Florida and I remember all the Sport Mart and Unocal 76 ads, places we didn't have there. Later there were a lot of Culvers ads - I wondered what the hell a "frozen custard butterburger" was. I had images of a scoop of custard on the burger and thought that just sounded disgusting.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogFull Count » Tim Kurkjian on MFB: ‘I’m going to say that Jon Lester is not going to be traded’
(15 - 3:00pm, Jul 29)
Last: Swedish Chef

NewsblogTrader Jack? As Seattle's GM struggles to complete deals, some rival executives wonder | FOX Sports
(8 - 3:00pm, Jul 29)
Last: Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14!

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-29-2014
(36 - 2:59pm, Jul 29)
Last: Flack42

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread July, 2014
(502 - 2:56pm, Jul 29)
Last: Swedish Chef

NewsblogOTP - July 2014: Republicans Lose To Democrats For Sixth Straight Year In Congressional Baseball Game
(3474 - 2:48pm, Jul 29)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogDmitri Young explains his amazing weight loss
(38 - 2:48pm, Jul 29)
Last: They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot

NewsblogFormer OF Jason Lane takes loss in first start
(38 - 2:42pm, Jul 29)
Last: spycake

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1957 Discussion
(10 - 2:30pm, Jul 29)
Last: Chris Fluit

NewsblogABC News: ‘Capital Games’: How Congress Saved the Baseball Hall of Fame
(26 - 2:08pm, Jul 29)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October

NewsblogMelky Cabrera smashed a windshield with a homer
(11 - 1:58pm, Jul 29)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October

NewsblogHall of Fame Announces Changes to Voting Process for Recently Retired Players, Effective Immediately
(109 - 1:42pm, Jul 29)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogGossage on Bonds, McGwire Hall hopes: ‘Are you f–king kidding?’
(152 - 1:42pm, Jul 29)
Last: The Id of SugarBear Blanks

NewsblogBarney + cash to Dodgers for PTBNL
(27 - 12:47pm, Jul 29)
Last: Der-K and the statistical werewolves.

NewsblogO'Connor: Tulo looks more A-Rod than Jeter
(32 - 12:30pm, Jul 29)
Last: Nasty Nate

NewsblogDeadspin: David Ortiz Pissed Off the Rays Again
(56 - 10:39am, Jul 29)
Last: Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class

Page rendered in 0.1940 seconds
53 querie(s) executed