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Tom Ricketts says the Wrigley renovations will make the Cubs win the World Series

Apr 16, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

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Cubs owner Tom Ricketts makes a bold statement at yesterday’s presser announcing the renovations to Wrigley Field:

“This is going to improve the fan experience all the way around,” he said. “If this plan is approved, we will win the World Series.”

The thinking on this, apparently, is that the renovations will lead to more money which will lead to the Cubs being able to put a better team together. Of course, the Cubs have never lacked for money. They’ve lacked for good decisions. I suppose you can recover better from bad decisions if you have more money, but I’ve never really felt like the Cubs’ biggest issue was revenue.

  1. natslady - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Because having a pretty ballpark has worked so well for the Rockies, Pirates and Marlins. OK, I’ll grant you the Giants.

    • kevinbnyc - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Padres too. They’re looking stronger every year at Petco.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:54 PM


    • 78mu - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:24 AM

      Hey, they’ve tried everything else. What else can they do? Bring back the College of Coaches?

  2. mustbechris - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    caveat: he never said WHEN he’d win the world series. it could be in 105 years.

    also he said The Ricketts Plan would defeat Obama last year. so maybe his track record isn’t great with declarations. but at least he didn’t ask for public money for that!

    • zzalapski - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      He also didn’t specify *which* World Series.

      World Series of Poker?
      World Series of Fighting?
      World Series of Bass?
      World Series of Civil War Reenactment With Cats?

      (Okay, I made up that last one. But I would watch it.)

      • whitesoxman77 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        the civil war reenactment with cats would be cute emergency material. do it. maybe a promo idea for Loria.

      • badintent - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        The WSCWRC sounds great. ! But watch out for demos by PETA.

    • cubfan531 - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      The Ricketts Plan was his father, Joe, who has nothing to do with the Cubs.

      “As chairman of the Chicago Cubs, I repudiate any return to racially divisive issues in this year’s presidential campaign or in any setting — like my father has.” – Tom Ricketts, May 2012


      I don’t blame you for getting it wrong. God forbid the national media actually report something accurately when they can get ratings for something with buzzwords.

      • mustbechris - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        I stand corrected. The first part of my comment remains relevant though.

      • mustbechris - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        Actually, so does the third part if you count the public money line separately, I suppose.

      • cubfan531 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        It’s all good, man. Like I said, the national media totally botched that report (it was really up to the Cubs bloggers and the Cubs’ website to clear things up).

        So, yeah, everything but that does remain relevant. It’s all good.

  3. vallewho - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM


  4. Old Gator - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Aha! I was right! That goat had been sacrificed!

    Nice job of entrail reading, You’re going to give professional haruspices a bad name when your prediction hasn’t been fulfilled for another hundred years.

  5. blues1988 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    who does he think they are, the cardinals?! 2006 inaugural season for new bush = 2006 world series champs!

  6. paepae805 - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    The Cubs will always be the armpit of the NL Central. They had their chance in 2003 and blew it. A renovated ballpark will not help. Like I mentioned yesterday, this will be Miller Park South and Busch Stadium North.

    • Old Gator - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Ah, but if you were watching the 2003 playoffs, you saw how the intervention of fate determined their destiny. And when fate intervenes that way, it becomes clear, at least in retrospect, that they never really had a chance. They were always already doomed.

    • bigkurt6 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      lol Miller Park is Wrigley Field North

  7. Uncle Charlie - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    As a Cubs fan let me say, Thank God that, that’s solved. *eye roll *

  8. sleepyirv - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    I don’t blame Tom for feeling a bit cocky. If the team can successfully navigate Chicago politics, then breaking curses and winning World Series is easy as pie.

  9. kevinbnyc - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Perhaps the renovations include moving all seats far enough from the field that a fan cannot interfere with the catching of a foul ball?

  10. cubfan531 - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    An extra 10 night games a year will help considerably. Also having things that most major league teams consider a basic amenity (batting cages accessible during the game sticks out here) will help.

  11. onbucky96 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    He must mean they’re going to green light that sequal to Rookie of the Year. Finally, that movie captured the subtle nuances of post season baseball in Chicago.

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