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Ryan Dempster thanks Cubs fans in full-page newspaper ad

Aug 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Ryan Dempster didn’t exactly leave Chicago on the greatest of terms, but perhaps this full-page newspaper ad thanking Cubs fans will help smooth over some of the bad feelings:

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  1. bigoz71 - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Its funny how it’s ok to be a fan of a team even during the bad years, but if a player wants to stay on a bad team they get labeled as selfish or not wanting to win.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      I’m not sure what the thumbs-down here are for. I think Bigoz makes an interesting observation. It’s not exactly E=mc^2, but what is there to dispute?

    • thepancakebandit - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      Wouldn’t they be labeled selfish much more if they LEFT the bad team? Fans would be saying they went for the money, or simply to a better team, or both.

      • micker716 - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:39 PM

        Competitors want to win. They want an opportunity to compete in the post-season. They don’t want to be a part of a long-term (103 year) rebuilding plan.

  2. hcf95688 - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Good on you, Dempster. Full page ads aren’t cheap. Its a classy move when players do this.

    • kopy - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      It’s classy, but overdone. I want to see players get creative. Billboard? Give the former stadium $20,000 on the condition that the next $10,000 hot dogs are free for fans? Obviously the player would be buying dogs at cost, and not the markup.

      • kopy - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        How come nobody does Skywriting anymore?

      • thepancakebandit - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        Definitely agree. Hell, Francouer does little versions of that all the time. Really cool, in my opinion.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        @kopy: it’s because of that damn skywriter’s code!

    • missthemexpos - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Just wondering if any sports historians out there know which sports player started this trend in taking out the full page newspaper ad thanking the fans?

      • kopy - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        When the New York Giants called up Willie Mays from the minor league Minneapolis Millers, they took an ad out in the Minneapolis paper to apologize for taking away a fan favorite.

        I highly doubt that’s the first, I’m just saying the trend is more than 50 years old.

  3. rickset - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    I can’t believe that Casey McGehee didn’t take an add out in Pittsburgh!

    • rickset - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      *Ad

  4. hardjudge - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Ryan Dempster is a class act. He didn’t ask to be trade, nor want to be traded but that is baseball. Showing his appreciation to the fans of his previous team is a great gesture.

  5. chc4 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    I doubt Theo Epstein has warm fuzzies. Best way to “thank” the Cubs/fans would’ve been to allow them to get the best deal… which was Delgado from Atlanta. Especially since the Braves were on his initial approved list. Douche.

    • shawndc04 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      Well, perhaps with his daughter’s illness there were concerns other that what was best for the Cubs’ organization.

  6. hauts81 - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Classy. Now I dislike him a little less for scuttling the trade to the Braves.

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