Tuesday, June 22, 2010

So, Where Are We?

It's really hard these days to write about the Cubs. The only people who seem to be doing it consistently are the professional media (God bless them for dealing with this team daily), the professional bloggers (there are a few), and Bad Kermit.

Kermit doesn't has never wasted his time doing recaps of games. Makes sense. Recaping this dreck means they actually were foolish enough to spend time watching the Cubs.

But as dreadful as the Cubs are in 2010, there is one upside to their performance:

We're going to find out what kind of ownership the Cubs have in the Ricketts family.

There was a lot of hope in what an ownership change would mean for the Cubs. The biggest reason why was because it was understood that the Tribune viewed the Cubs as programming for their media outlets (WGN-TV, WGN Radio, Chicago Tribune newspaper). Winning was subordinate to profit in their view. Perhaps a new owner would treat the Cubs as their personal yacht. Something to be shown off and bragged about, no matter what the cost.

Well, the early returns are in on the Ricketts. And, no. It's not measured in wins and losses on the field. There was very little they could do beginning the day they took over on October 30, 2009 to change the on-field 2010 team. But there were huge things that could have been done to change things for all the years thereafter.

Over the next few posts, we'll look at what they've done with the Cubs and if the hope that came with them has translated into trust earned.

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